Expressive Arts & Design

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.
This area of children's development covers:
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.
Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think.  Offwell Under Fives Pre-school uses the early learning goals and their stepping stones to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. In all activities information from the early learning goals and stepping-stones has been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it. 

The following are just some of the activities and equipment available at Pre-School.

  1. Regular use of the play-dough, water, sand, dressing up and make believe play.
  2. Jigsaws and board games.
  3. Outside play in a safe area, with ball-games, small world play and exploratory play.
  4. Creative work - painting, gluing and sticking, cutting, making things.
  5. An interest table.
  6. Songs/rhymes/movement.
  7. Story-time and a book corner.
  8. Emphasis on colour/shape/number.
  9. Quiet/special time with a member of staff doing work tailored to suit their age and ability.