Discuss the contribution to children’s understanding of themselves and the world made by two subjects in the Primary Curriculum

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All subjects within the primary curriculum help a child to understand themselves and the world in which they live in, either through statutory or non-statutory requirements. The subjects chosen to focus on and how they impact on a child’s understanding of themselves and the world are Science and Physical education. The values, aims and purposes of the National Curriculum state that; It should develop their awareness and understanding of, and respect for, the environments in which they live, and secure their commitment to sustainable development at a personal, local, national and global level. (National Curriculum 1999:11). It also states that; The school curriculum should promote pupils self esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, school, work and in the community. (National Curriculum 1999:11). This would indicate that subjects are structured to promote and enforce a sense of understanding about themselves, the individual and the world in which they live in. Also the National Curriculum (1999) explains that there are six key skill areas that help learners to improve their performance and learning in education, work and life. This would inevitably help a child to understand themselves and the world. These involve ‘Working with others’, ‘communication’ and ‘Problem solving’. All these key skill areas are easily embedded within the curriculum for the subject areas of Science and Physical Education, as working with others, communication and problem solving involves pupils developing the skills and strategies that will help them to solve the problems they face in learning in life. These are introduced in Key stage 1 as part of improving a child’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Physical Education and Science by introducing

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