Making a model out of junk or from mud during Forest School, baking pretend cakes and singing and dancing along to an action song are just a few of the ways our Kindergarten and Reception children get creative – and it can be a wonderfully messy and inventive process.
As well as dancing and playing an instrument in music and movement and indoor and outdoor singalongs, we give the children plenty of opportunity to stretch their artistic imaginations with art and craft materials and techniques. Modelling, painting, drawing, cutting and sticking – they get to know and have fun with them all. Then there’s clay, dough, wool, fabric, paint, buttons, glitter, lollipop sticks and all sorts of other materials to experiment with…
Even our youngest pupils are encouraged to express themselves and build their self-confidence through art – which means they draw a self-portrait along with the rest of the school in the Autumn term, contribute to our annual art exhibition and help out with group projects, such as our London 2012 sports mural, among other things.
And we like to take a cross-curricular approach, so a story in the classroom or time spent gardening, for example, might provide the inspiration for a picture or collage – or vice versa.