Environmental awareness helps children develop an understanding of the world around them, providing the foundations for learning in science, history and geography.
Children learn about the world they live in through engaging their senses to find out how things work, conducting investigations and manipulating objects. Environmental awareness in the early years should be based on a sense of wonder and joy of discovery.
Opportunities supporting self-discovery and problem-solving should be planned and provided through investigations, expert visitors and field trips. It is important that children have ample opportunities to inquire about things and phenomena in the environment using the following skills: observing; comparing; classifying; hypothesizing; recording; predicting; reporting.