Understanding the World

Aspect Activities to support Adult role
Personal experiences
  • Family board / birthday board 
  • Stories supporting personal experiences such as visiting dentist, starting school, having a new baby
  • Dual language books
  • Celebrating relevant cultures / festivals
  • Range of foods
  • Role play & small world
  • Positive images
  • Transition to school
  • Transition from room to room
  • Settle sessions before children start
  • Key person
  • Repeating activities
  • Tools
  • Reading stories & discussing different situations
  • Setting up role pay to reflect experiences
  • Introducing vocab
  • Adding to displays 
  • Transitions
  • Key person – get to know families well
  • Support home interests
  • Positive images on family groups, different housing etc
Diverse world & local community
  • Visits & visitors
  • Dentist
  • Fire brigade
  • Guide dog
  • Bus / train station
  • Local walks
  • Zoolab
  • Pets
  • Chicks / ducks
  • Tadpoles & life cycles
  • Inclusion
  • Positive images
  • Local trips to park / library / supermarket
  • Persona dolls
  • Reference books
  • Stories celebrating difference 
  • Weather
  • Walks of local area
  • Maps
  • Bug hunts
  • Nursery pets
  • Golden rules for visits / outings
  • Set up link with local dentist
  • Make books of outings etc
  • Set up role play after visits
  • Visit museum / library
  • Different festivals / different language
  • Walks of local area
  • Positive images
  • Different storis & reference books to hare
  • Links with local schools
  • Supporting transition
Widening vocabulary
  • Exploring
  • Floating & sinking
  • Light & dark
  • Solids
  • Melting
  • Baking
  • Growing
  • Food tasting
  • Mini beasts
  • Natural materials
  • Animals
  • Different textures
  • Reference books
  • Different weather
  • Role play
  • Treasure baskets
  • Sensory toys & play
  • Topics such as planets, weather, the world
  • Using real resources
  • Science experiments
  • Offering both familiar activities and new, exciting experiences
  • Reference books & stories to support
  • Science experiments 
  • Key vocab
  • Staff modelling role play
  • Introducing different vocab
  • Introducing concepts
  • Allowing children time to explore
Technology & Online safety
  • computer & keyboard
  • tablets
  • Old phones / remotes / keyboards
  • Wind up toys
  • Toys with lights & sounds
  • Beebot
  • Remote control toys
  • Cameras
  • Golden rules for computer
  • Internet safety policy
  • Information shared with parents
  • Staff modelling use of computer
  • Supporting mouse control as well as tablets
  • Internet safety policy