Physical World: Enquiry

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What difference would it make to children’s learning about the material world if learning were put into the context of human use and misuse of the planet’s resources?


We invite classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, parents and other interested persons to give us feedback on our new life-based learning themes.

The Physical World Learning Domain [outlined in the proposed MAC learning programme] identifies four study action areas to support children’s learning about the planet and our place in the physical world:

  1. All about our planet
  2. All about Britain*
  3. Human adaptability
  4. The human footprint

It is no surprise that the learning set out in MAC about the physical world is extensive. There is a great deal we need to know about the planet we live on. Knowledge of the physical world is essential preparation for our children to manage tomorrow’s world.

A particular feature of MAC is its emphasis on children beginning to understand the impact humans have on the planet and the need for that impact to be managed sustainably. Children use and learn scientific and geographical knowledge and skills as part of their exploration.

* All about Britain is for teaching only in schools in Britain.


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Your views will help us develop life-based learning.