Understanding the World

Understanding the world for Pre-School

Understanding of the World is about how children get to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment.

Understanding the World is broken down into three aspects:

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

People and communities

Children show an interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them. They will also begin to remember and talk about significant events in their own experiences such as holidays, birthdays or birth of new siblings. Through this aspect children will be showing more of an interest in different occupations and ways of life, they may demonstrate this through imaginative play. Children will also look at themselves and others and begin to understand what makes them unique and what similarities and differences they have with others.

The World

As children become more inquisitive they begin to comment and ask questions about aspects of their familiar world such as where they live as well as talking about what they have observed. As they observe they also develop an understanding of growth and decay both personally and of the things around them.

Technology

Knowing how to operate a remote control or a CD player are all parts of ICT. Children show an interest in technological toys such as cars and light up toys as well as real toys such as cameras. Technology allows the children to interact with something which they can change the effects to. For example playing with the camera and putting a frame and funny faces over the picture demonstrates their ability to use ICT effectively. Children may also be able to understand that information can be retrieved from computers.

At Toybox we use ICT to allow the children access information for example using computers to read stories, listening to story CDs and taking their own pictures for their work. We use ICT as we believe that as children grow up becoming ICT literate is a vital part of adult life. Not only do children need this to access certain information and learn but the children enjoy that they can change something like a song or a picture. This brings out their huge sense of exploration.

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