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Galliagh Nursery School, Galliagh, Derry

The Arts

Art and design are a natural means of communication and learning for young children. Through the freedom of play, children explore natural and man-made materials and have opportunities to experiment with colour, shape, pattern and texture. This helps them to think through ideas, develop visual, spatial and tactile awareness, and develop investigative and manipulative skills.


The Arts includes three areas:

  • Creative experiences
  • Music experiences
  • Drama experiences

These three areas take place both indoors and outdoors to enhance experiences for children. 

Children will be learning to:

  • express their own ideas through pictures & models
  • enjoy using a wide variety of media, e.g. pencils, paint, scrap materials, sponges, clay, dough
  • play imaginatively on their own or in a group
  • develop their language and social interaction skills through role play activities
  • enjoy making music and expressing themselves by singing, clapping and playing percussion instruments 
  • develop self-confidence and self-esteem
  • develop their listening skills through musical activities 

The Arts