reception expressive arts and design activities
reception expressive arts and design activities

Expressive Arts and Design Guidance

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Expressive Arts and Design

Early Learning Goals Hands-On Education Activity
AD 1 - Creating with Materials

Children at the expected level of development will:

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

Children at the expected level of development will:

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 & Design

According to the British government: the development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.

The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.

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