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Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

0-20 Months and 16-26 months

To begin with I explore and experiment using a range of media through using my senses and my whole body. I can imitate and improvise actions that I have observed e.g. clapping and waving. I will move my body to sounds that I enjoy, such as music or a regular beat and I listen to or join in rhymes and songs.  I can notice the effects of making movements which leave marks and am interested in this.

22-36 months

As I grow I will start to sing familiar songs and play different instruments by banging, blowing, tapping and blowing them and I am interested in how these instruments sound.  I experiment with blocks, colours and marks in my creative play.

30-50 months

I will then move on to joining in with dancing and singing games.  I enjoy singing familiar songs and move rhythmically to music that I hear.  I can tap out my own repeated rhythms and will experiment with how sounds can be changed.  I enjoy exploring colour mixing and will be interested in and may begin to describe the texture of things.  I will be developing my mark making skills and will understand that I can use lines to enclose a space to make a shape.  Then I will use these shapes to draw pictures to represent objects.  My interest in construction is growing and I will begin to use various construction materials.  I will stack blocks, join construction pieces together to build and balance and will learn that tools can be used for a purpose. 

40-60 months

I’m really getting creative now! I have begun to build up a repertoire of songs and dances.  I continue to explore colour mixing, textures and sound.  I now understand that media can be combined to create different effects e.g. my making something wet or dry or sticky.  I can use simple tools appropriately and competently.  I will select my own resources and adapt my work as I need to. 

You can help me reach these goals by…..

  • Giving me plenty of time and space to be creative.  Don’t be afraid to let me get messy.  Give me big paper or pens, glue and paint.  Make sure I have old clothes to wear to nursery so I can really get involved without worrying about anything. 
  • Put on some music and dance with me!
  • Value my work.  I have worked really hard on it so put in up on a wall or on the fridge for everyone to see.  I feel so proud when I see you showing it to people.
  • Sing me my favourite songs and rhymes over and over again.  I learn best when I hear things many times. 

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

0-20 Months

First of all I need  to explore the world and develop my communication skills before I can begin to express my own ideas.

16-26 Months

Now that I am a successful early communicator I will begin to express myself through physical action and sound.  I will pretend that one object represents another, especially if the objects have characteristics in common. 

22-36 months

At this stage my creative work is really coming on.  I am beginning to use representation to communicate, for example I might draw a line and say “That’s mummy!” I will begin to make believe by pretending. 

30-50 months

I am now developing preferences for forms of expression.  I will sing to myself and make up my own songs and rhythms.  I will use movement to express my feelings.  My imagination is really starting to take off and I will make up stories and role plays using my toys and other props that I can find.   I will watch adults closely and will imitate what is observed when they are not there.  I will now capture my experiences in a range of media such as music, dance, paint and other materials or words.

40-60 months

I will now create simple representations of people, events and objects in my drawings and paintings and will choose particular colours to use for a purpose.  I will initiate new combinations of movements and gesture in order to express and respond to feelings, ideas and experiences.  I will introduce a storyline into my play and will play cooperatively as part of a group to act it out. 

You can help me reach these goals by…..

  • Playing along with me.  If I am using a block as a phone find yourself one too so we can have a proper chat!
  • Watch my make believe play carefully and then join in.  Let me choose what character I want you to be to develop my story.  You may have to be a scary witch, a monster, a prince or a fairy!
  • Show a real interest in my work.  Ask me to tell you what I have drawn then write it on my work to give it concrete meaning.
  • Let me find my own props from around the house for my pretend play. You will be surprised in how creative I can be!
  • Read me lots of stories and let me make up my own endings.