Understanding the World
Understanding the World allows children to see the bigger picture. It involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. We teach using an Enquiry based method; each topic has an entry point to hook the children and engage them and an exit point to share their learning. The weeks are filled with challenges, questions and tasks which the children solve with the help of adults in the classroom and their own investigation.
The classroom and outdoor play area, incorporating the Mud Kitchen, provide marvellous opportunities for exploration and discovery. During Outdoor Learning, which takes place three afternoons per week, a wide range of different activities is set up, often on a common theme extending the children's learning from the classroom.
We also welcome visitors to Reception and take the children out in the locality.
'In topic we went on a dinosaur hunt and found a dinosaur egg. Now we have got a pet dinosaur and I know all the dinosaur names. Tyrannosaurus Rex is the best because he has the sharpest teeth and he is a carnivore.' - Reception pupil