Understanding the World

At Fairfield we believe that learning about Understanding the World is integral to the children's understanding of their own theories and enquiries. Jerome Bruner stated that:

"What is unique about human learning is its dedication to possibility...the act of learning carries us beyond what we have encountered and propels us into the realm of the possible. The human learning process is not simply about acquiring knowledge about what we have encountered: it is dedicated to 'going beyond the information given'."

Learning about the world involves children making sense of their physical world and their community. In collaboration with adults our children are supported to notice the similarities and differences in the world around them through meaningful first hand experiences. As our children question everything they see, if the explanation they get is too complicated they begin to come up with their own theories (Gopnik & Wellman, 2012). The many ways in which children do this to help increase their learning and development include investigating by touching, holding or pressing things and by climbing on and jumping off things using all of their senses as well as testing and talking about different ideas and theories.

Our Understanding the World Curriculum offers chances to explore and experiment, observe, problem solve, predict, think critically, discuss and make decisions. Our children also learn about the world around them through visiting different places and their own home environment and having conversations about what they observe. They use technology to find information, document their enquiries, collect information and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our children are taught online safety.

Understanding The World is broken down into:

  • People and Communities and developing children’s understanding of Cultures and Beliefs
  • People and Communities and developing children’s Historical knowledge and understanding
  • The World and developing children’s Scientific knowledge, skills and understanding
  • The World and developing children’s geographical knowledge and understanding
  • Technology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Our Key Learning and focus on teaching for each element of Understanding The World is:

People & Communities:

Cultures & Beliefs

  • Communication
  • Respect
  • Observe
  • Describe
  • Research
  • Vocabulary

People & Communities:

Historical

  • Communication
  • Observe
  • Describe
  • Research
  • Chronology
  • Vocabulary

The World:

Science

  • Explore/ Observe
  • Describe
  • Record
  • Questioning
  • Explain
  • Research
  • Equipment & Measures
  • Compare/Sort/Group/Identify/ Classify

The World:

Geography

  • Communication
  • Mapping
  • Fieldwork
  • Enquiry
  • Use of Technology

Technology

  • Text & Digital Imagery
  • Audio
  • Data Handling
  • Using Sensors
  • Online Safety
  • Electronic Programming
  • Simulations & modelling


The implementation and impact of our Understanding the World curriculum can be seen through our Image of the Child. Examples of how we implement our Understanding the World curriculum include daily outdoor access and a weekly session in our woods, visits in the local community and beyond including family visits to the seaside, visits from people in the community, daily use of technology to support fascinations and lines of enquiry and well planned high quality continuous provision and project explorations.

Important Notices: We have places available to start now for 2,3 & 4 year olds for both 15 and 30 hours funding. Please call in at reception or telephone us on 01254 231589 for an application form or to ask any questions. Further information on applying for a Nursery place can be found under the Admission section of the website. We look forward to hearing from you.