Expressive Arts and Design

Expressive arts and design is one of the four specific areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Expressive Arts and Design involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

In the EYFS framework, Expressive Arts and Design is made up of two aspects: Creating with Materials and Being Imaginative and Expressive

Creating with Materials

Children at the expected level of development will:

– Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function;

– Share their creations, explaining the process they have used;

– Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.

Being Imaginative and Expressive

Children at the expected level of development will:

– Invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher;

– Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs; Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music.