Children are interested and curious about what is happening in the world around them. Before starting school, they will have had opportunities to explore their world in the home, the pre-school setting and the local area. These pre-school experiences should be built on, with the children's natural curiosity being fostered.
Children should have opportunities to use their senses in order to develop their powers of observation, to be able to sort and classify, explore, predict, experiment, compare, plan, carry out and review their work.
The following documents illustrate the statutory requirements as suggested learning intentions. They can be used to help plan learning, teaching and assessment in this area.
The World Around Us Implementation Project
This project followed the progress of a number of primary schools around Northern Ireland as they implemented The World Around Us.