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Expressive Arts

In the Expressive Arts Area of Learning and Experience (AoLE), we recognise that although each discipline has its own discrete body of knowledge and skills, together they share many similar creative processes.


At Maes yr Haul, we want our learners to develop their creative imaginations, use their senses and enjoy experiences of the arts. Whether as creators or as an audience, our learners will gain an understanding and an appreciation of cultures and societies in Wales and around the world. This will equip them with the skills to explore cultural differences through time and place.


Across the Expressive Arts disciplines, learners will be taught skills discretely and provided with opportunities to develop and apply these skills independently through a range of contexts. They will be provided with opportunities to develop their understanding of specific skills to express, create, respond and reflect upon their own interpretations of a given theme that is personal and individual to each learner.

Statements of What Matters

These are the mandatory elements of this AoLE.  Our curriculum is being constructed to ensure that pupils access a wide range of high quality experiences to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding within these aspects.

  • Exploring the expressive arts is essential to developing artistic skills and knowledge and it enables learners to become curious and creative individuals.

  • Responding and reflecting, both as artist and audience, is a fundamental part of learning in the expressive arts.

  • Creating combines skills and knowledge, drawing on the senses, inspiration and imagination.