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Understanding the World

Children must be supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. Their learning must be supported through offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations; undertake practical 'experiments'; and work with a range of materials.

This exclusive supplement is available free when you register for Practical Pre-School incorporating Child Care magazine. It contains a range of activities and resources which tie in with the Knowledge and Understanding of the World requirements of the revised EYFS and allows you to easily match your planning to the EYFS points that you need to cover.

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The supplement will explore a variety of faiths and festivals to help children gain an awareness of cultures and beliefs other than their own. It will also supply practical ideas to encourage children to encounter and investigate creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environment. In addition, the supplement will look at a variety of easy-to-cook recipes from a number of countries around the world so that children gain an understanding of different ingredients, as well as develop their senses.

Among other things, this Knowledge and Understanding of the World Supplement will provide you with activities and resources which will help children:

  • Begin to know about their own culture and community
  • Gain an awareness of cultures and beliefs of others
  • Investigate objects and materials by using all of their senses as appropriate
  • Find out about, and identify, some features of living things, objects and events that they observe
  • Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
  • Ask questions about why things happen and how things work
  • Find out about past and present events in their own lives, and those of their families and other people they know
  • Find out about the environment, and talk about features they like and dislike

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