What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know

Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning (Core Knowledge UK)


Editor: E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
UK General Editors: Annaliese Briggs and Robert Whelan
June 2011

What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know is the first in the series of six books—one for each year—for teachers, parents, home educators and children to enjoy. Read below to see a selection of the varied topics and activities it includes.

Language and Literature:

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History and Geography:

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  • World History and Geography, including: Oceans and Continents; Maps and the Globe; Around the World in Seven Ways: Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, Antarctica
  • British History and Geography, including: Your Country; The Ice Age; The Stone Age and Stonehenge; The Bronze Age; The Iron Age; Kings and QueensQueen Elizabeth II; Prime Ministers: Sir Robert Walpole, Winston Churchill and others

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  • Plants and Plant Growth, including: Seeds Grow into Plants and What Plants Need
  • Seasons and Weather, including: Four Seasons, Weather and Direction of the Wind
  • Animals and Their Needs, including: Taking Care of Pets and Animals Care for Babies
  • The Human Body, including: The Five Senses and Taking Care of Your Body
  • Taking Care of the Earth, including: Forests and Trees and Conservation: Saving and Protecting the Earth
  • Magnetism, including: An Invisible Force: Magnetism and What Do magnets Attract?
  • Stories About Scientists, including: Joseph Banks, Jane Goodall and Wilbur and Orville Wright