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Understanding of the World

At the end of Reception children will be expected to:

People and Communities

  • talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
  • know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this.
  • know about similarities and differences between themselves and others.
  • know about similarities and differences among families, communities and traditions

The World

  • know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.
  • talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.


  • recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.
  • select and use technology for particular purposes.
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