Understanding the World

PostingThrough play in water and sand, children gain concepts of change, volume and weight. Weekly projects encourage exploration of the natural environment, and children enjoy participation in caring for the garden, growing and watering flowers and discussing their pets. Through project work, they will become aware of the workings of their bodies and the world around them. During the term before children join reception year, they will be introduced to the computer and the use of a keyboard and mouse, and other aspects of learning will be supported by technology in number and literacy programmes.

Children develop their knowledge of technology and understand that information can be retrieved from computers


ChicksIn the springtime the children are as excited as the staff to be able to watch chickens hatch from eggs in an incubator and caterpillars turn into butterflies ready to be released into the garden. They are able to watch the daily progress of nest building through a camera installed in a bird box on the nursery wall. The monitor in the Library allows the children to follow the making of the nest, laying of eggs, hatching and the mother feeding the young until they fly the nest.

'LOUNGE LIZARDS' visit each term with everything from tortoises, a Leopard Gecko, a chameleon and a Pygmy Hedgehog to a python and a Marmoset Monkey called Millie, and a huge Bose Monitor Lizard (Brian!) who walks round on a lead like a puppy and falls asleep snuggled up against his owner every time he is picked up! The children are amazing, nearly all stroking the animals, with some of the future David Attenboroughs wearing the snake around their necks or the monkey on their shoulders!

Staff devise a range of activities to teach children about the wider world. They learn about living things when they are visited by the 'Animal Lab' and can hold and examine a variety of small animals and insects.