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Understanding the World

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

 

Science

Religious Education

Geography

History

 

 

Nursery enjoyed a brilliant science experiment for learning about stability of structures and properties of materials. We have been investigating lots of different materials to see which ones would be best for a house.

We became scientists and took a part in experiment to test what materials make a good hibernation den for animals to keep nice and warm throughout the winter. We learnt five finger facts about owls and we used a range of tools to build our own owl nest. The children enjoyed looking after their little owlets!

We went outside to explore the signs of Autumn! We discussed the type of clothing that would be worn in Autumn and how the weather differs throughout the year. We were focusing on developing our vocabulary and went on a leaf hunt!

Nursery children have been learning about food and nutrition. The children explored food from different cultures and learnt how food is grown and where it comes from. We know that food and healthy choices are important to us!

Nursery children enjoyed dressing up for History Day!

As part of our topic, 'All Around the World', we were reading the story, 'You Choose'. We were focusing on different types of home. We know the vocabulary flat, terrace, bungalow, semi-detached, detached and caravan. Fantastic work Nursery!

Understanding the world

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children's personal experiences increases their knowledge and their sense of the world around them- from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children's vocabulary will support later reading comprehension. 

Is your home a home that supports Understanding the World?

Does your child....

  • visit parks, seaside, museums etc.
  • plant seeds at home
  • talk about members of their family
  • know their address- know they live in Doncaster
  • know occupations
  • talk about the past- old toys, events
  • know what a map is?

 

       Understanding The World

INTENT STATEMENT: Past and Present Overview

At St Francis Xavier we develop a chronological framework to help children understand where they and significant  people and events sit in time by:

  • Capitalising on children’s innate desire to make sense of their own place in history
  • Exploring the lives of people who are familiar to them comparing similarities and differences
  • Cultivating children’s curiosity about people and events within and beyond their living memory
  • Exploring historical objects to ask questions and draw conclusions

 

IMPLEMENTATION STATEMENT:

The Past and Present is valued and promoted through direct teaching and purposeful learning opportunities across different themes throughout the year.

We use planned themes and capitalise on unplanned moments that present themselves to talk about artefacts and significant events to develop a conceptual understanding of the passing of time. These include birthdays, recent events and experiences.

For each theme we have identified the historical knowledge and skills that we will teach ensuring that knowledge and skills are regularly revisited. We cover the following themes:

All Around the World: through this topic children will understand their own place in history (All About me) and will learn how things have changed over time. 

Flying from the sky

Within the provision a timeline is developed as children find out about and plot significant points in their own history and wider historical events. This visually exemplifies the passing of time, the sequencing of events and their own place in history.

Children are encouraged to share artefacts and events from the past. Adults know and understand historical language. They take every opportunity to model historical vocabulary and teach historical skills encouraging children to ask questions, compare similarities and differences and draw conclusions.

 

IMPACT STATEMENT: 

By the end of my time at St Francis Xavier  I will know how to…

  • Sequence events in the right order
  • Talk about myself in a historical sense e.g. this year I am 4, next year I will be five, last year I was 3
  • Talk about significant  people and event
  • Use information in books to talk about life in the past
  • Use comparative language of the past, present and future
  • Use time vocabulary
  • Ask questions to find out more
  • Compare similarities and differences
  • Draw conclusions about what I have found out
  • Talk about the roles people have in society   

 

 Understanding The World

INTENT STATEMENT:  People, Cultures and Communities

At St Francis Xavier we capitalise on children’s fascination and interest in their surroundings and the world in which they live by:

  • Encouraging an appreciation of the natural world and recognising its similarities and differences
  • Fostering a sense of awe and wonder about the world in which they live
  • Developing an appreciation of other people, their communities and their traditions
  • Enhancing children’s sense of responsibility for the care of their own environment and the impact it has on the whole world

 

IMPLEMENTATION STATEMENT: 

Learning about People, Places and Communities is valued and promoted through direct teaching, purposeful learning opportunities and first hand experiences.

We use planned themes alongside first hand experiences and capitalise on unplanned moments that present themselves to talk about places, communities and the natural world, to develop an appreciation of the world in which they live. These include where they live and their school, their local community and interesting local places

e.g. parks, river, library.

For each theme we have identified the geographical knowledge and skills that we will teach ensuring that knowledge and skills are regularly revisited. We cover the following themes:

All About the World: through this topic children will learn about their local community and places around the world

Flying from the sky:

Traditional Tales:

Within the provision we ensure that children have constant access to world and local maps and globes and understand how to use them. We make connections with children’s first hand experiences to exemplify where children live, where they have visited, holidays they have had, wider global events and countries they have found out about.

Children are encouraged to expand their knowledge of the natural world by capitalising on every opportunity to explore and experience the outdoors. Adults know and understand geographical language. They take every opportunity to model geographical vocabulary and teach geographical skills encouraging children to ask questions, noticing and comparing similarities and differences and expressing opinions. 

IMPACT STATEMENT:

By the end of my time at St Francis Xavier I will know how to…

  • Talk about what it is like to live in this country
  • Talk about what it is like to live in another country
  • Use a simple map to find out information
  • Talk about the key features of different places and different countries
  • Talk about the similarities and differences between people’s religions and cultures
  • Compare similarities and differences
  • Talk about where they live and the key features of the local environment
  • Talk about the key features of the country they live in

 

 Understanding The World

INTENT STATEMENT: The Natural World

In Early Years we capitalise on children’s thrill of discovery and their instinctive desire to know, understand and find out more by:

  • Providing freedom to explore, investigate and experiment using the five senses
  • Cultivating children’s curiosity about how and why things work and how things change
  • Encouraging questioning, testing out of ideas and drawing conclusions
  • Fostering children’s excitement and pleasure in the awe and wonder of natural phenomena

 IMPLEMENTATION STATEMENT:

The Natural World is valued and promoted through direct teaching and purposeful learning opportunities across different themes throughout the year.

We use planned themes and capitalise on unplanned moments that present themselves to talk about living things, materials and changes. These include natural objects, new life and recycling.

For each theme we have identified the scientific knowledge and skills that we will teach ensuring that knowledge and skills are regularly revisited. We cover the following themes:

All About the World: through this topic children will learn about changes and living things

Flying from the sky: through this topic children will learn about changes and seasons

Traditional Tales(Growing): through this topic children will learn about changes and living things

Minibeasts: through this topic children will learn about living things and materials

In addition to learning specifically been taught about the natural world, opportunities are also provided for children to practise and apply scientific knowledge and skills through investigation and exploration in all areas of our provision.

Investigation areas, inside and outdoors, are resourced with a range of 'scientific' equipment and materials which offer opportunities for children to observe, investigate, explore and experiment.

Adults know the characteristics of a good scientist. They model technical language and scientific behaviours and attitudes encouraging children to ask questions, test out ideas, carry out investigations and draw conclusions.

IMPACT STATEMENT:

By the end of my time at St Francis Xavier School I will know how to…

  • Talk about the properties of materials
  • Make a sensible prediction
  • Record findings
  • Observe, notice and make comparisons
  • Talk about the characteristics of weather and seasons
  • Name the parts of plants and animals
  • Talk about similarities and differences
  • Draw conclusions
  • Talk about reversible and irreversible changes
  • Carry out an investigation
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