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:


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.