Expressive Arts

Curriculum for Wales


The dynamic nature of the expressive arts can engage, motivate and encourage learners to develop their creative, artistic and performance skills to the full.

The Expressive Arts Area of Learning and Experience spans five disciplines: art, dance, drama, film and digital media and music. Although each discipline has its own discrete body of knowledge and body of skills, it is recognised that together they share the creative process.

What Matters in Expressive Arts 

What matters in this Area of Learning has been expressed in three statements, which support and complement one another and should not be viewed in isolation. Together they contribute to realising the four purposes. Learning and experience in this Area encourages the development of knowledge, skills and values that can help learners grasp the opportunities and meet the challenges that arise in their lives.

  1. Exploring the expressive arts is essential to developing artistic skills and knowledge and it enables learners to become curious and creative individuals.
  2. Responding and reflecting, both as artist and audience, is a fundamental part of learning in the expressive arts.
  3. Creating combines skills and knowledge, drawing on the senses, inspiration and imagination. 

Expressive Arts and the 4 Purposes

Experiencing the expressive arts can engage learners physically, socially and emotionally, nurturing their well-being, self-esteem and resilience. This can help them become healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

 Engagement with this Area requires personal application, perseverance and close attention to detail, dispositions that contribute to making learners ambitious, capable learners ready to learn throughout their lives.

 Engagement with the expressive arts can enhance learners’ employability as they are encouraged to manage their time and resources to achieve meaningful work and meet deadlines. It can foster critical inquiry that can lead to change. Together, these skills can support learners to become enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work.

In addition, the evaluation involved in the creative process enables learners to explore complex issues, to challenge perceptions and to identify solutions. This can lead learners to a better understanding of their own cultural identity and that of other people, places and times. From this experience they are supported to become ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world.

Finally, through the enjoyment and personal satisfaction they gain from creative expression, learners can become more confident, which can contribute directly to enriching the quality of their lives.

Expressive Arts at Pennard Primary School 

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Expressive Arts at Home 

Take a look at these resources that can be used to support your child at home.


Dance along videos

Celebrities – Dancing with Oti Mabuse – step by step dance classes for the whole family. 


Swansea Music Digital Platform

swansea music

E-Swansea Music Clubs which include ‘bitesize’ music lessons in three  areas:

  • E-Trad Music Clubs
  • E-Trad ‘PlayAlong & SingAlong’ Music Clubs
  • E-Music Genius clubs

Here is the link to the Swansea Music page on the Swansea Virtual School where you can find the lessons in these three areas.

A great free resource – a new song is released for each day of the week with activities and challenges 


Celebrities – Music with Myleene Klass on YouTube 


Visit BBC Bitesize for some great class clips for a huge variety of topics such as collage, printing, animation, and a great section on Art History.

Are you ready for a daily drawing challenge? Click the links to see a drawing challenge for each day!

Foundation Phase Daily Drawing Challenge

Key Stage 2 Daily Drawing Challenge

Film and digital Media

Into Film are a Welsh organisation that supports the use of film in the Welsh Curriculum. They have designed a ‘film guide’ for all children to access with parents at home. The guides are informal discussion prompts to use after viewing a film and some extension activities are included which your child could do independently. Please click on the link below to access the full list of guides.

Into film