Understanding the World (UW) is one of the four specific areas of learning in the EYFS framework. It involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology, and the environment.
In the EYFS framework, Understanding the World is made up of three aspects:
People and communities – Children talk about past and present events in their own lives anin 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 somethings 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 particular purposes.