Foundation Stage Art

Children’s creative, expressive and physical development is closely linked with all aspects of their learning. They need enough experience of Art and Design in each school year to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings; and to develop their confidence in using media and techniques.

Through taking part in a range of well-planned activities, children’s fine and gross motor skills will develop, they will gain confidence in what they can do and this will help build their self-esteem. In developing children’s creativity in all aspects of the arts, the emphasis should be on the process, the children’s enjoyment sand the learning that is taking place, rather than on the finished product.

Art and Design is a natural means of communication and learning for children. It helps
them to think through their ideas, to develop visual, spatial and tactile awareness and
investigative and manipulative skills. Art and Design activities encourage pupils to:

  • explore and extend their imagination and experience of the world
  • respond to their individuals feelings and emotions
  • through handling objects and materials they begin to understand the properties of those objects and materials

Children come to school having experienced a range of drawing/painting activities in the
home and/or in a pre-school setting. Many will also have made models and handled
malleable materials. These experiences should be built on, with children having
opportunities to take part in a broad range of art and design activities.

Children do these things differently. It is important to plan visual education allowing for the different ways pupils think, learn and develop. Children also need to be sensitively guided through their learning in Art and Design so that they make meaningful progress.