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Knowledge and Understanding the World

"Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them ... As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension. "

(Department for Education, Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage, 2021) 

As part of our topic "Wake up, Shake up", we will be looking at personal history, communities and the natural world. You will find here some ideas for activities that link with these.


Past and Present with a focus on Personal History


  • Look at family photos. Talk to your children about the different members in your family; the ones that live in your house and extended family; Aunts and Uncles, Grandparents, Cousins.
  • Create a food diary using pictures; For Breakfast I had.... Mummy had....Daddy had...

People, Culture and Communities


  • Visit Wardown Museum and Gallery to discover more about Luton Town.
  • Go for a walk around your local area and talk about what you can see; houses, shops, parks. 

The Natural World


  • Go for a walk during the day and again when it gets dark. What different sounds can you hear? How does it look different at night compared to the day?
  • Watch videos about nocturnal animals