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Understanding the World


Through a range of topics and everyday experiences children develop their understanding and knowledge of the world around them.  This area of our curriculum includes activities which cover learning in The World, Technology, People and Communities.

People and Communities: children learn about similarities and differences this could be looking at seasons, how we have changed from babyhood to childhood, within friends and families, traditions, celebrations etc.

In the world: covers early science and geography skills.  For example learning about the changes in seasons, different environments, maps and environmental features

Technology: children learn about a range of technology, they explore why things happen and how things work – click here for further details.

There are three Early Learning Goals in this area:

People and communities: Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.  They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The World: Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Technology: Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.