Expressive Arts and Design

The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. Children use their senses to explore the world around them and their imaginations to practise and develop their language and social skills.

At Hillcross, we provide a wide range of opportunities for children to express themselves using art, design technology, music, and imaginative play. As children's imaginative play develops, they build the ability to incorporate storylines into their play which can link to their learning in reading and writing.

What We Do?


  • A range of media provided, eg paint, chalks, crayons, pencils.

  • A range of tools, eg brushes, cotton buds, sponges, toothbrushes.

  • Exposure to a range of artists and techniques, eg pointillism, observational drawing, self portraits.

Design Technology

  • A range of media provided, eg recycling materials, playdough, clay, Duplo, wood.

  • A range of tools to facilitate creation of models, eg scissors, hole punches, staplers, screwdrivers, hammers.

  • Show a range of joining techniques, eg taping, glueing, flanging.

  • Big build, which is a chance to collaborate with others to create a model.


  • A range of musical instruments, eg tambourines, bells, xylophones, maracas.

  • A range of musical genres, eg rock, classical, world music.

  • Exposure to a range of composers, eg Beethoven, Shankar, Saint Saen.

  • Singing a range of songs, eg Nursery Rhymes, songs for a Nativity performance.

Imaginary Play

  • Role play, eg home corner, shop, school, vet, doctors, cafe.

  • Small world play, eg Zoo animals, farm animals, superheroes, doll's house, dinosaurs, cars, fire engines.

  • A stage where children can be actors in a performance to an audience.

What Can You Do?

  • Provide a variety of sensory experiences for your child where they can talk about what they can see, hear, smell, taste or feel.

  • Play with your children, encouraging use of their imagination. This may mean using objects to represent props (eg banana as a phone), using a different voice to represent characters (eg squeaky voice for a mouse, deep voice for an elephant), or using figures to retell a story. 

  • Encourage your child to express themselves with confidence.

Hillcross Primary School, Ashridge Way, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4EE

020 8542 6936