Understanding the world involves children learning about other people, the community, places, technology and the environment around them. We provide a range of resources and materials, which encourage children to explore and investigate their curiosity and develop their imaginations. UTW is divided into 3 aspects:



  • People and communities: Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.  



  • The world: Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.


  • Technology: Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for purposes.


Helping your child to understand the world

0-11 months:

·       Introduce your child to important grown-ups in their life to help develop relationships.

·       Let your child play with toys that make different noises.

·       Let your child look in mirrors.


8-20 months:

·       Introduce your child to different people when you are out and about.

·       Play hide and seek games with your child.

·       Give you child a variety of objects to explore, such as paper, spoons, pots and pans.


16-26 months:

·       Share stories with your child about children and families.

·       Let your child use a camera to take photos. This will help your child to start to develop an awareness of technology.


22-36 months:

·       Encourage your child to eat a variety of foods from different countries and cultures.

·       Encourage your child to use toy cars and trains to make up stories, such as going on holiday or to the shop.

·       Let you child press buttons on objects such as torches to see what happens.


30-50 months:

·       Take your child to different places such as the library or fire station.

·       Let you child explore mud, rain and snow.

·       Help your child plant seeds in the garden.

·       Let your child press buttons such as the doorbell or the pelican crossing button to explore what will happen.


40-60 months:

·       Have a pretend party with your child and their dolls, toys and teddies.

·       Make maps for your child to show how you get from home to other places such as the shop or library. This will give them an increased understanding or the world.

·       Let your child listen to their favourite songs on the CD player, computer or radio.