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Involving children in collecting and presenting data for graphs, charts or pictograms helps them to understand the information.

Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will notice that your child, like most children, is almost always curious and interested in everything going on around them.

The focus of this area of learning is now on understanding people and communities, the natural and built environment, and everyday objects with functions created by technology.

Exploration of the world in the early years can be supported with an interactive map of your local area. Marianne Sargent offers some guidance on making one.

Children can learn far more from stroking a cow than looking at one in a book. Vesela Gladicheva describes what's on offer at urban farms.

Ann Langston explains the changes to Understanding the World in the revised framework

Nicole Weinstein finds ideas for woodlands visits

Becoming real-life research scientists for the day sparked children's enthusiasm for enquiring and learning. Lisa Jane Wildey, Early Years Professional and pre-school team leader at University of Sheffield Union of Students' Pre-school, observed the long-lasting effects.

Have a fresh think about how you can ensure that all the children in your setting enjoy equal access to your ICT equipment and gain from the experience, with advice from Amy Stancer.

The concept and practice of predicting teaches children about cause and effect. Early years consultant David Quinn looks at the science. Photographs at Oakey Dokeys pre-school, Essex, by Teri Pengilley.