Knowledge and Understanding of the World

This area of learning covers subject content you might be more familiar with divided into science, design and technology, history, geography and Information Communication Technology.Young children learn about the world around them through their own first hand experiences. Children make sense of their world using their natural curiosity about everyday life and their environment. As a consequence of this, our starting point is the child and the child’s own experiences.

In order to ensure that children have the best opportunities to effectively develop their knowledge and understanding of the world, we aim to:

Organise activities based on firsthand experiences that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, critical thinking, decision-making and discussion.  Through a balance of children’s independent self initiated exploration, and adult-led activities.
Provide an environment with a wide range of activities indoors and outdoors that stimulate interest and curiosity, providing opportunities for children’s self initiated play, which enables children to take risks and explore, and to investigate cause and effect, at first hand.
Give children opportunities that help them to become aware of, and to explore issues of differences in gender, ethnicity, language, religion and culture, and to begin to develop an understanding of special educational needs.
Provide opportunities for children to observe closely, record, share and discuss their ideas.
Provide opportunities for children to refer to factual texts (books or internet) to extend their interest/knowledge.
Plan activities inside and outside of the school, which will develop children’s ability to make connections and transfer knowledge from one area of learning to another.
Give children the opportunity to begin to develop their understanding of the uses of ICT as a tool.
To see our ICT policy click here