Kg1/ FS2 UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD COURSE SYLLABUS 2020-2021

Course Outline

Overview

Understanding the World comes under the specific area of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The UW syllabus at GEMS Wesgreen International Primary School aims to support students to develop their awareness of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology, and the environment.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of all subjects state what a teacher may expect to teach and what a student may expect to experience and learn. These aims suggest how the student may be changed by the learning experience.

The aims of the UW Syllabus are to encourage and enable students to:

  • Know classroom areas and names
  • Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
  • Become familiar with our body and 5 senses
  • Become familiar with plant and insect lifecycle
  • Understand the journeys students have made local and abraod
  • Explore countries; ancient and modern
  • Compare and contrast differences of the planets
  • Know the different types of occupations and the different job roles.
  • Talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
  • Complete a simple program on a computer
  • 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.
  • Look at the past and compare with present
  • Compare fairy tales to the real world. If you were in the shoes of the characters, what would you have done?

Ongoing Objectives

There are objectives that are covered and built upon throughout the year during daily interactions in the classroom and when accessing the continuous provision.

People and Communities

  • Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines
  • 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

  • Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
  • 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

  • Completes a simple program on a computer
  • Interacts with age-appropriate computer software
  • Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.
  • They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Assessment

Formative: Throughout the units, the children will be observed daily during their focus and continuous provision activities. The observations will help inform next steps and planning.

Summative: At the end of each term we complete internal and standardized tests. This allows us to measure the students’ progress throughout the term and year. At the end of the academic year, the students complete the EYFS profile.

Next Steps

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