Early Learning Goals
Expressive Arts & Design

Early Learning Goals Hands-On Education Activity
AD 1 - Creating with Materials
    AD/1.1 safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function
    AD/1.2 share their creations, explaining the process they have used
    AD/1.3 make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories
    AD 2 - Being Imaginative and Expressive
      AD/2.1 invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher
      AD/2.2 sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs
      AD/2.3 perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music

      Hands-On Education's Approach to Expressive Arts and Design

      The British government recognizes the importance of children's artistic and cultural awareness, as it supports their imagination and creativity. It's important for children to have ample opportunities to interact with the arts and experiment with different media and materials. The quality and variety of their experiences are crucial for their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary, and communication skills. The frequency, repetition, and depth of their experiences are essential for their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to, and observe.

      Furthermore, studies have shown that exposure to the arts can have a positive impact on children's overall academic performance, as well as their social and emotional development. It can help them develop critical thinking skills, empathy, and a sense of cultural awareness that can benefit them throughout their lives.As such, the British government has taken steps to ensure that children have access to a wide range of artistic opportunities, both in and out of school. This includes funding for arts education programs, as well as initiatives to increase access to cultural institutions and events. By investing in the arts, the government hopes to inspire the next generation of artists, musicians, writers, and performers, and to help children develop a lifelong appreciation for the beauty and value of the arts.

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