In Early Years children take part in lots of activities to help them learn about the world they live in.

One of the Early Learning Goals states the following…

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

Below are lots of examples of children in EYFS being given opportunities to understand the world around them.

Krafty Spanish

Krafty Spanish

Week 1

This week Early Years have been taking part in a Spanish session linked to healthy eating. Children learnt about the importance of healthy eating, learnt the name of five fruit and vegetables , learnt how to talk about personal food preference, learnt to shop for food through active play, listened to a story relating to the topic and made a fruit kebab. The idea behind the sessions is to awaken their curiosity about the Spanish language. 

The children learnt some new songs and some basic Spanish vocabulary such as, “Hola, mi nombre es…..” (Hello my name is….)


Krafty Spanish

Week 2

This week  Early Years continued with their Spanish sessions-learning about how their body works. Children learnt 10 key words relating to body parts and learnt €˜head, shoulders, knees and toes€™. Children learnt how to say I€™ve got €˜two€™ eyes etc in Spanish. They danced and learnt how their bodies moved to the bubble dance. They listened to the story of the Gruffalo and made a craft relating to the story. ‘Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y dedos de los pies…’ (Head, shoulders, knees and toes…)

Bread from Around the World

Tracy Tough, who works for local company Asda, brought bread from around the world for the children in Reception class to taste. She spoke to us about all of the different types of bread from different countries.

Investigating the Local Environment

Last month, EYFS children visited West Boldon Envirnomental Centre to take part in a range of outdoor activities.



They spent the morning planting bulbs and making plant pots out of newspaper. They talked about what bulbs will need to grow. The children toasted marshmallows over the fire and worked together to build a den.


To link in with our International Day for China in February, EYFS have been finding our about the Chinese culture and Chinese New Year. The children have been exploring objects from China in one of their exploration areas.