Art and Design – Design and Technology
In the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ the areas of both Art and Design and
Design and Technology are addressed under the Specific Area of the
curriculum of ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ (EAD).
‘Expressive Arts and Design’ is made up of the two aspects of ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative.’ Teaching and learning is facilitated in accordance with the age-related expectations for each aspect with the aim of children achieving the Early Learning Goal for each aspect by the end of Foundation Stage 2 (Reception). The elements of each Early
Learning Goal that specifically relate to Art and Design and Design and
Technology are underlined below:
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.
Children learn 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.
Children will learn through a combination of adult-led direct teaching
sessions designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding, and as a result of child-initiated independent learning and exploration throughout the learning environment where learning is further extended through the
intervention of skilled practitioners within the Foundation Stage Unit.