Understanding the World

People and Communities

Autumn 1 Activities:

Exploring who we live with and what we live in-visuals and verbal.

Learning about people who help us in the community-doctors, police, fire fighters etc.

Celebrating children's birthdays as and when they happen.

  • 30-50 months Reception Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experiences.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines.
  • E. L. Goal People and communities Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
  • ELG skills Reception Say how others are the same or different to them.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Understand that different people have different beliefs, attitudes, customs and traditions and why it is important to treat them with respect.

Autumn 2

  • We will be learning about celebrations around the world.
  • We will learn about keeping safe during the dark nights and especially around bonfire night.
  • We will be learning about past events.

Spring 1

  • We will learn about keeping warm.
  • Exploring & celebrating Chinese New Year.

Spring 2

  • 30-50 months Reception Talks about why things happen and how things work.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
  • ELG skills Reception Explain why things happen.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Be familiar with basic scientific concepts such as floating, sinking, experimentation.
  • We will be learning about Easter celebrations and traditions.

Summer 1

Summer 2

Children's Topic Choice

  • Discuss feelings and how people and friends influence these feelings.
  • Explore a range of food from around the world.
  • Find out people who help us when outside and who keeps the land safe -rangers, farmers.

The World

Autumn 1 Activities:

Explaining or drawing where they live-on a street, in a field, in school.

What can they see on their way to school?

Looking at similarities and differences between themselves and others.

Explore fruit at snack time-pips, peel, skin. Is all fruit the same?

  • 30-50 months Reception Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
  • E. L. Goal The world Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
  • ELG skills Reception Say how objects are the same or different.
  • ELG skills Reception Say how living things are the same or different.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Know the properties of some materials and can suggest some of the purposes they are used for.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Be familiar with basic scientific concepts such as floating, sinking, experimentation.

Autumn 2

  • Discussing feelings, sights and sounds during different celebrations.

Spring 1

  • We will be learning about different types of environments.
  • We will be exploring simple maps.
  • We will be learning about some of the animals found in cold land.

Spring 2

  • Children's choice
  • Changes of materials, e.g. melting chocolate.
  • Observation of chicks hatching from eggs-understanding growth and change.
  • Caring for living things.

Summer 1

  • 30-50 months Reception Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.
  • 30-50 months Reception Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
  • 30-50 months Reception Talks about why things happen and how things work.
  • 30-50 months Reception Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
  • E. L. Goal The world Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Know the properties of some materials and can suggest some of the purposes they are used for.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Be familiar with basic scientific concepts such as floating, sinking, experimentation.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Know that the environment and living things are influenced by human activity.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Be familiar with basic scientific concepts such as floating, sinking, experimentation.
  • ELG skills Reception Say how living things are the same or different.
  • ELG skills Reception Make observations about animals.
  • ELG skills Reception Say how objects are the same or different.
  • ELG skills Reception Talk about changes.

Summer 2

Children's Topic Choice

  • Look at features of different environments.
  • Compare other environments to Middleton.
  • Observations of growth-plants/animals.
  • Caring for living things.
  • Observations of the outside world, e.g. bugs, plants.

Technology

Autumn 1 Activities:

Introduce using the Smart Board within the classroom.

Explore books with moving parts and flaps.

Introduce Reception's music headphones

Introduce using the computer-Cbeebies, 2Simple.

  • 30-50 months Knows how to operate simple equipment.
  • 40-60+ months Interacts with age-appropriate computer software.
  • E. L. G. Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.
  • Exceeding ELG Find out about and use a range of everyday technology.
  • ELG skills Select and use technology for a particular purpose

Autumn 2

  • Continue to use class computers-icons and simple mouse control.
  • Fire work pictures on simple paint program.
  • Use of Tapestry with the children to pass on clever learning to their families.
  • Use of the class Smart board with individuals, small groups and whole class.

Spring 1

  • Continue to use class computers-icons and simple mouse control-to create a snowy scene.
  • Introduce school IPads using apps to improve fine motor skills such as writing numbers.
  • Introduce using a stylus on the IPad when appropriate.

Spring 2

  • Children's choice
  • Continue to use class computers-icons and simple mouse control.
  • Use arrow keys on keyboard to complete super hero games, e.g. Danger Mouse on CBeebies.

Summer 1

  • 30-50 months Reception Knows how to operate simple equipment.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Interacts with age-appropriate computer software.
  • E. L. Goal Technology Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Select appropriate applications that support an identified need.
  • ELG skills Reception Select and use technology for a particular purpose.

Summer 2

Children's choice

  • Use of technology that helps us go on trips and keeps us safe-sat nav, phones.
  • Use of cameras.
  • Research the children's topic choice using google-internet safety.
  • Continue programming the BeeBot.