Foundation Stage The Arts

The Arts

Children's creative, expressive and physical development is closely linked to all aspects of their learning. Children should have opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art and design, music, movement, dance, dramatic and role-play activities. Taking part in a range of well-planned activities helps to develop children’s fine and gross motor skills. This helps them to gain confidence in what they can do and build their self-esteem. These activities encourage children’s individuality, imagination and creativity.

For further details on the Arts curriculum, see the Statutory Requirements for the Arts and Foundation Stage.


For more information on Arts at Foundation Stage contact:

Lyn Lynch
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2607


Progress in the Arts Progress in the Arts

Progress in the Arts is intended to provide support and guidance for teachers delivering the Arts Area of Learning within the Northern Ireland Curriculum. It contains suggestions for activities in Foundation Stage Art and Design, Music, and Drama.