Topic 3 - The World Around Me

As we draw near to the end of our first half term, we will be concentrating our learning around the Topic 'The World Around Me' with a core focus on Understanding the World. We will be using books such as 'Rosie's Walk' by Pat Hutchins and 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' by John Burningham to support our new and exciting topic. 

Taken from the statements within the Development Matters, the list below are the Areas in which Reception children will be focusing on during this Topic:

Early Years Learning Objectives:

(Taken from Development Matters)


  • Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others.

C&L: Speaking

  • Uses talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences.
  • Uses vocabulary focused on objects and people that are of particular importance to them.
  • Builds up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences.
  • Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events

Understanding the World: People and Communities

  • Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.
  • Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
  • Looks closely at similarities and difference, patterns and change

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials

  • Understands that they can use lines to enclose a space, and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects.

Expressive arts and design: Being imaginative

  • Create simple representations of events, people and objects.
  • Chooses particular colours to use for a purpose.

Key Vocabulary/Glossary:

Village- a group of houses and associated buildings, larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town, situated in a rural area.

Town- a built-up area with a name, defined boundaries, and local government, that is larger than a village and generally smaller than a city.

Church- a building used for public Christian worship.

House/Home- a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household.

Road- a wide way leading from one place to another, especially one with a specially prepared surface which vehicles can use.

Path- a way or track laid down for walking.

Pollution- the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance which has harmful or poisonous effects.

Busy- crowded with or characterised by activity, overcrowded

Quiet- absence of noise or bustle; silence; calm.