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Developing an Understanding of the World

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million”

-Walt Streightiff

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 sense of the world around them

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Understanding the world is about the following at Horsted Keynes preschool:


  • Encouraging observation, exploration, prediction, problem solving, critical thinking, decision making and discussion

  • Encouraging children to learn about their family history and their own life story

  • Fostering children’s understanding and respect for our culturally, socially, technologically, and ecologically diverse world and community

  • Providing opportunities for children to become aware of the similarities and differences between themselves and other people and to understand that all people deserve to be treated with respect

  • Instilling fundamental British values in all

  • Fostering children's curiosity

  • Developing an understanding of planning, designing, and building

  • Having an understanding of time and place which could mean learning about family history and knowing about the local environment for example how I get to preschool, where the local shops are and the importance of caring for the environment

If you have any questions, please contact Clare Humphreys, our manager. Please refer to our Understanding the World development policy for more details.

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