Understanding the World: learning area

What's this learning area about

When you see an activity labelled with the ‘Understanding the world’ icon on CBeebies, it means that it can help your child to develop their understanding of people, places, science or nature.

This learning area can include exploring, investigating, using computers, discovering the living world, people and nature around them, experiencing other cultures and beliefs and thinking about different life events.

Children love to ask “why?” as they begin to work out the reasons for things changing, seasons, weather and animal behaviour. They are working out connections and differences between people and the environment and how they fit into it.

They enjoy finding out about their own family history and how their family celebrates. This encourages their natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around us.

Understanding the world

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The CBeebies website has lots of activities specially designed to help your child develop their understanding of the world:

The ‘My Story’ book game lets children create a personalised book all about them and their family. It’s a great way to start conversations about people and events in their life and build your child’s self-esteem.

The Nina and the Neurons site has lots of different games to introduce little ones to the concepts behind science.

In Minibeast Adventure with Jess, little ones can learn all about insects, nature and life cycles.

At CBeebies, our learning areas reflect those found in the Early Years curricula of the UK; the EYFS in England and Wales, the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland, and the Foundation Stage in Northern Ireland. These are the guidelines that all educational settings (like nurseries, schools and child-minders) follow, to help children develop knowledge, skills and understanding using a fun, play-based approach.

The National Family Learning Network has a number of resources and activities to help parents.

We reflect these learning areas so you can be sure that what your child learns from CBeebies perfectly complements what they are taught when they get to nursery and school.

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