Understanding the world is one of the specific areas of the foundation stage curriculum.
Understanding the world involves children making sense of their world and community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. It comprises of three areas: people and communities, the world and technology.
People and communities: We provide children with opportunities to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. We will show them that other children don’t always enjoy the same things as them using class discussions and experiences that occur during the day, they are encouraged to be sensitive to this. Children will consider similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
The world: The children will learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. We will be finding out about some other countries, sorting, investigating, playing and using different materials. They will explore, investigate and talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They will make observations of animals and plants in and around our garden and begin to discuss and explain why some things occur, talking about changes.
Technology: We have an ICT suite in school which the children will access on a weekly basis to develop their skills and the range of technology used in places such as homes and schools will be highlighted. In the classrooms there are computers for the children to use daily and they can select and use technology for particular purposes on screen and when using the programmable toys available in the classroom.