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Understanding the World - Reception

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The subject of Understanding the World is considered an important learning component.

According to the British Government: when forming a judgement about whether an individual child is at the expected level of development, educators should draw on their knowledge of the child and their own expert professional judgement. This is sufficient evidence to assess a child’s individual level of development in relation to each of the ELGs. Sources of written or photographic evidence are not required, and teachers are not required to record evidence.

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Understanding the World

Early Learning Goals Hands-On Education Activity
UW 1 - Past and Present

Children at the expected level of development will:

UW/1.1 talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society

UW/1.2 know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class
UW/1.3 understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling
UW 2 - People, Culture and Communities

Children at the expected level of development will:

UW/2.1 describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps

UW/2.2 know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class
UW/2.3 explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and – when appropriate – maps
UW 3 - The Natural World

Children at the expected level of development will:

UW/3.1 explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants

UW/3.2 know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class
UW/3.3 understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter

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