L&D: Understanding the World – Part 2/3

January 19th, 2014

Aspect: The world


This is the fifteenth blog in our series on the 7 areas of learning & development (L&D).  So far we have looked at what the 7 areas of L&D are and have discussed why they are important. We also looked at the three prime areas of learning & development: ‘Personal, Social & Emotional development’, ‘Communication & Language’, and ‘Physical Development’. After this we moved on to look at the four specific areas of learning & development and our last set of blogs concentrated on the ‘Mathematics’ area. For each area we have suggested activities that promote each of the aspects which sit within the areas.

We have now moved on to look at the third specific area of L&D: Understanding the World. There are three aspects that fall within this area and our previous blog discussed the ‘People & Communities’ aspect. In this blog we move to the second of the three aspects within this specific area of L&D– The world.

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I hope these suggested activities have given you some inspiration. You could incorporate them into your planning as ad hoc activities or as part of a wider theme. For example the Bug expedition activity could be part of a month’s theme on living things. In our next blog in the series we move to look at the third and final aspect within the Understanding the World area of L&D: Technology.

Thanks for reading,


Source used in the document:

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, DfE 2012

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage, DfE 2012


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