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Our Key Focus is: Understanding the World: People and Communities

Understanding the World: People and Communities


Our final topic of the autumn term thinks about special times and activities in the lives of our children and their families. We take our lead from the children in our classes, who come from a range of backgrounds. For some children these will be religious celebrations, but we will think and talk about how people take part in non-faith based celebrations too. We will talk about similarities and differences, for example all celebrations seem to involve special food.


We are working towards the Early Learning Goal in Understanding the World: People and Communities, which states “Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and 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.”


As you can see, all this talking and sharing builds our children’s speaking skills, and also their ability to listen to others and respond appropriately, taking turns in conversation. Their ability to show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings grows, as they learn more about each other. We will help them to learn that there are some things that make them unique, and help them to build their self-confidence, speaking positively about themselves and others.


Similarly, making cards and decorations and props for our Christmas performance will develop children’s fine motor skills, one of the areas identified in our baseline review.


We want our Christmas Performance to be a really positive, confidence building experience for all our children. We start practising in the classroom, then in the hall and on the stage. We will do three different performances. Please talk to your child, reassuring them that you will be at one of the performances, even if they don’t see you in the crowd. There will be lots of praise and some treats after each performance.


We use Development Matters in our planning and assessing, and there are useful ideas for what adults can do and provide to help children’s learning.


If you want to learn more about how different families and faith communities celebrate, BBC Bitesize has some useful clips at