The Physical World: Enquiry

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

You are invited as classroom teachers, curriculum leaders and other interested persons to give your comments on our new curriculum focus on children learning about and looking after their bodies.

The Physical World Learning Domain [outlined in the proposed MAC learning programme] identifies four study action areas to integrate children’s knowledge about and care of the body:

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

It is no surprise the learning set out in MAC about the physical world is extensive. There is so much to learn and so much we know about the planet we live on. Children use and learn scientific and geographical knowledge and skills in their exploration of the world. 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.


Tell us what you think

Your views will help us develop life-based learning.