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Understanding the World (Semi-Formal)

We provide the foundation for understanding about the world around us, our bodies and living creatures. This curriculum area focuses on meeting the requirement of all human beings to belong and make sense of the world around them. Our pupils have a right to be part of the community and have a unique identity within it. Understanding the community can only be developed through a growing awareness of the pupils’ own body, developing their perception and thinking and including them in a communicative environment where they can discover and develop their voice. Language and Culture, Geography, History and Technology themes can inspire students’ curiosity and fascination of the world, natural and man-made resources. A variety of ICT is used to support the development of learning teaching supports the inclusion of these skills across the curriculum. ICT education needs to prepare students for using information technology in their daily lives. Learning is presented in functional contexts where pupils can be part of real time events and experiences which need to be repeated in order to develop real meaning and understanding.



  • To develop a wide range of early scientific concepts and knowledge and appropriate vocabulary
  • To understand some basic processes and uses of science.
  • To experience and be able to use or access appropriate computer technology
  • To experience designing or making products that we can use or help us to solve problems.
  • To experience food preparation and learn how to prepare or cook as appropriate
  • To experience and access knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments (land and water, climates, various terrains, physical and human features)
  • To experience some significant aspects of the past in Britain and the wider world
  • To experience other languages and associated cultural activities
  • To experience or access RE that reflects the traditions in Britain which are in the main Christian whilst considering the teaching and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain which are defined as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
  • To develop tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.