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Understanding The World 

Understanding the World is all about guiding children to make sense of the world around them and their local community. We provide opportunities to explore, observe and learn about people, places, technology and the environment.


Every child at Boundstone is valued and celebrated, both as an individual and as part of the Boundstone community. We encourage children to talk about their lives, homes and families, routines and important events.


We aim to give our children a strong sense of the outside world, not only by using resources such as books and small world play, but by taking them out on short local visits where possible and inviting people into nursery to talk about their lives and jobs.


We encourage children to compare features of their environment and talk about their likes and dislikes.




We use displays, open-ended questions and a wide range of resources to encourage children to develop their observation skills, explore and investigate the world around them. This can involve anything from mini beast hunts in the garden to making use of a wise range of ICT equipment including interactive white boards and digital cameras; cooking; building; finding out about the weather…in fact anything that interests your child about the world around them. We incorporate the interests of each child into their individual learning plan, known as ‘Next Steps’ and will share this with you regularly so you can support their learning and development at home.


We provide an extensive range of equipment to allow all of our children to fully engage with designing and making, including resources for children who are left handed, physically challenged or developmentally delayed, gifted and talented


The topic of Understanding the World can be broken down in to three sections:


People & Communities

  • Child is able to talk about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of family members

  • Knows that other children don't always like the same things and is sensitive to this

  • Recognises similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions


The World

  • Recognises similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and loving things

  • Able to talk about features of their own environment and how environments may differ from one another

  • Makes observations of animals and plants, explaining why some things occur and talking about changes




  • Recognises  that a range of technology is used in homes and schools

  • Is able to select and use appropriate technology for a specific purpose

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