Learning and Development

Expressive Arts and Design Development

Expressive arts and design involves enabling 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.

Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

Musical Development Matters: this guidance is here to support anyone looking after young children to see the individual child’s musical attributes and offers ideas on how to support and nurture children’s musical development by offering broad musical experiences.  Music interweaves through all areas of learning and development and can be a way of exploring, communicating and responding to experience.

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