Foundation Stage and National curriculum coverage in Design and Technology and Expressive Arts and design are achieved through imaginative learning projects as part of our Cornerstones Curriculum. Each half term the children focus on a different topic which allows opportunities to build design and technology skills and knowledge.
In the Foundation Stage Design and Technology skills and knowledge are taught through Expressive Arts and Design and Physical Development. Physical Development, a prime area, helps children develop the motor skills to manipulate tools and materials. Children in Foundation Stage have daily opportunities to build these skills through through the use of the continuous provision. The 'Creation Station' provides the children with materials and tools to box model and practice skills such as snipping with scissors, using split pins and joining materials together in different ways. The construction area offers opportunities to design and build with a wide range of construction kits. Outdoors, children are encouraged to design and build on a larger scale in the outdoor area or Forest school area using large construction blocks and loose parts. The mud kitchen provides the children to design, mix and make in a range of ways. In addition, there are specifically planned activities linked to our topic and which develop skills and ensure progression in this area.