Overview of the visual arts curriculum

Working in construction

Construction activities with a variety of three-dimensional materials can help the child to become more spatially aware, can encourage inventiveness and can help to promote sensitivity to structure in the immediate and wider environments.

Construction activities provide opportunities for exploring imaginative worlds in three-dimensional media. Children are encouraged to make imaginative and expressive use of materials for designing and inventing and to make models to their own design. This involves exploring the possibilities of the materials, experimenting with new ways of balancing and combining them, and developing understanding of structural strengths and possibilities.

Experience in construction helps children to look with curiosity and enjoyment at structures in nature and to develop sensitivity to and appreciation of the structures of great architects, sculptors, and craftspeople.

The child can draw inspiration from a range of sources, which would include everyday household items, street furniture, local architecture and public sculpture.