Art in the EYFS
Please excuse the mess, we are making memories!
Our EYFS at St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, provides an engaging and safe environment for our children to feel confident to be creative and to express themselves freely. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework suggests that the development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. We believe that each individual child has the power to create and make, to manipulate and contribute to the world, for the enjoyment of their own self and for others. There are three areas we focus on; Imagination and creativity, Self-expression and Communicating through arts.
Our EYFS practitioners support our children to be creative. It is as much about encouraging attitudes of curiosity and questioning as about skills or techniques. They build on children’s interests which can lead to them creating amazing inventions or making marks on paper that represent for them an experience or something they have seen. Encouraging children to choose and use materials and resources in an open-ended way helps them to make choices and to have confidence in their own ideas.
Imagination and creativity
Having an imagination is the ability of the mind to be creative and resourceful. Creativity is children’s unique response to all that they see, hear, feel and experience. A child’s individual responses to materials, experiences and ideas inspire their creativity and imagination.
Self-expression, through being creative and playing with materials, encourages and supports children’s imagination and thinking process development. It allows them to produce new understandings, experiencing the world from different perspectives. Opportunities to manipulate materials are essential for children to develop their skills and express themselves.
Communicating through the arts
Communication and expression are the ways children share their responses to what they see, hear and experience. Creative expression supports children’s emotional wellbeing and reduces anxiety. It’s how children represent themselves, their thoughts and feelings as they develop their ideas. Self-expression is children’s way of showing what they understand and know, through exploring.