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What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning (Core Knowledge UK) [Paperback]

E. D. Hirsch , Annaliese Briggs
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Book Description

30 Jun 2011 1906837236 978-1906837235
Help Your Year 1 Child to Excel with Essential Knowledge and Skills. Designed for use by parents and teachers, this groundbreaking first volume in the Core Knowledge series provides Year 1 children with the fundamentals they need to prepare them for a lifetime of learning. It sets out the elements a parent or educator should look for in a good Year 1 curriculum and introduces activities that can help a child to take the first steps in learning to read and write. Filled with age-appropriate questions that stimulate thinking, What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know also includes: Familiar and favourite poems - read and recite together from Mother Goose, A.A. Milne, Michael Rosen and more, all beautifully illustrated. Fairy tales, fables and other beloved stories - read aloud from 'The Three Little Pigs', 'The Ugly Duckling', 'Cinderella', 'Winnie-the-Pooh', 'The Velveteen Rabbit' and many more, including multicultural folktales from African, Indian and Irish traditions. Familiar sayings and phrases that impart traditional wisdom such as 'Where there's a will, there's a way' and 'Better safe than sorry'. History and geography - a friendly introduction to our world, complete with simple questions and fun activities. Visual arts - painting, drawing, cutting and pasting go hand-in-hand with learning about colour and helping a child look at and talk about art. Music - many musical experiences for parents and children to participate in, along with dozens of songs to sing and dance to. Mathematics - lively and interesting exposure to concepts and operations that provide a springboard to later mastery. Science - activities that let children observe, experience and get their hands dirty while exploring the wonders of nature.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Civitas (30 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906837236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906837235
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A strong foundation of knowledge gained in the earliest years of education is such an important asset for children, sparking their imagination and providing the cornerstone for their future learning. I welcome the aim of the Core Knowledge books to do just that and I am sure that they will be valued by many parents wishing to help their children do well at school.' - Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture 'Creativity, the arts and design are crucial to the environment and life of every citizen. They should occupy a central place in the curriculum at both primary and secondary levels. The new series published by Civitas, giving examples of how the arts and creativity can play a part in the education of every child, is a real contribution to the teaching of these subjects in all our schools.' - Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate Britain

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 Jan 2014
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We home educate and whilst following the children's interests largely, I wanted to have something which could form a backbone or jump off point for us. This series of books does that perfectly. Yes yes I know some reviewers slate the books because they are limited but OF COURSE if you ONLY offer your child the information contained in the book their curriculum is going to be somewhat limited however I have purchased other books which are recommended by Civitas. So My Year 4 child got to the point in the book where there was an excerpt of Alice in Wonderland. She enjoyed the excerpt so we then put a bookmark in the Fundementals book and went off and read Alice. She then completed a Unit Study on Alic that I printed off the internet. There's a whole section on Romans but it is IN BRIEF. There's nothing stopping you from going on youtube and watching a documentary on the Roman Invasion (as we did) or ordering Our Island Story (as we did) and reading in more depth. We are also planning a trip to Ribchester Roman museum. You see we are using these fantastic books as a jumping off point. They are ACE! For a home ed mum it just means the planning is done for me.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear 25 Feb 2012
I am a father of three children and teacher of hundreds. This book is just awful!
Most of the so called 'knowledge' in this book will offer young children the very worst stereotypical geography and history concepts .
Why on earth would a 5 or 6 year old need to know or be interested in Simon de Montfort or Robert Walpole!!! And why would anyone settle for 'adaptations' from great picture books such as the Velveteen Rabbit? Any parent is better off giving their Year 1 child the support they need in partnership with their child's Key Stage 1 school curriclum (which this is absolutely not aligned to) and spending time doing thrilling, interesting or simply nurturing things together, rather than reading a rather silly book that purports to tell you 'What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know.' !!!
Worryingly, it strikes me as no mere coincidence that The Rt Hon David Cameron is the only Prime Minister featured in a photograph in the history section - this book is after all produced by a politically driven right wing think tank called Civitas!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By njw
This is a resource full of stories, poems, explanations, activities, games and experiments, together with recommendations for outings and further reading. It is attractively produced with many illustrations, diagrams and photos. Each section is written in a style suitable to be read aloud by a parent to a child.

The book is not intended to be a complete curriculum nor a textbook or workbook, but is designed to be used by parents wishing to complement and reinforce their child's school education. It will also serve as a practical help and confidence-builder for parents considering or embarking on home education. Civitas has provided a valuable service in publishing a UK edition.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 22 April 2013
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I am using this to prepare my son who is in Reception and it is good to see what all he will learn in the next year!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 19 Dec 2012
By s.h
I have just qualified as a year one teacher and happened to find this book realy useful. It is easy to read and enlightening.I like the practical ideas it suggests for parents- which are simple and easy to follow.

Furthermore, the insight given about art and well known artists has given me much inspiration as a teacher. It really links well to all the other topics I will be doing.

I would recommend this book to all parents.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
As pointed out in the Foreword to the UK edition of the Core Knowledge Series, knowledge and thinking skills are not mutually exclusive. The chosen knowledge in this book reflects the mainstream culture in the US and the UK and material taught in those school systems. If somebody lives in those countries or wants to study in them, it is worthwhile to be exposed to some of the common points this book presents. It is not comprehensive, it is only a direction, a sampling. The book is well designed, clear and has some good stuff. I highly recommend it!
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Parents need to know: This way neurosis lies! 10 April 2012
The whole premise of this book is misguided. Hirsch has gained many converts to his doctrine that learning is all about knowledge and caused a great deal of counter-productive stress to parents and young people in the process.
Successful learners develop good learning habits and confidence early in life. This process involves nurturing curiosity and creativity and encouraging young people to think and explore for themselves. This way learning experiences will be pleasurable and the resulting learning much more profound.
Testing young people against a pre-set checklist of established knowledge, especially as early as Year1, is a recipe for turning them off learning and developing deep feelings of inadequacy in both children and parents.
Don't be seduced by this false creed.
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What to learn in Year 1 3 July 2011
By Parents in Touch TOP 500 REVIEWER
So often at Parents in Touch we are asked 'What should my child know in Year...?' This book helps to answer the question for parents of children in Year 1. Adapted from the US model to suit the UK, it covers the basics children will need to start them on the journey of learning. It should not be viewed as the be-all and end-all of what children need to learn but is a starting point. It is an ideal book for those undertaking home schooling, so they can ensure an awareness of many of the key areas covered in Year 1. The book covers Language & Literature (with lots of stories and poems), History & Geography, Visual Arts, Music, Maths and Science - it's good to see all areas of the curriculum covered. It is written in clear accessible language, making parents aware of the correct level of work to expect from their children. There are lots of discussion points and activities, again geared at the right level for the year. This is an excellent book, copiously illustrated throughout, for parents who want to support their children at home, as well as those who are home educating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and informative
Beautifully illustrated throughout and neatly arranged into six chapters, these books outline essential knowledge and skills in English language and literature, history and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by yan
1.0 out of 5 stars oh dear!
What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning (Core Knowledge UK)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why?
As a parent, I was always interested to know what my child had been learning at school. As a teacher, I was able to share my knowledge and excitement for learning to the children... Read more
Published 23 months ago by MAW
1.0 out of 5 stars Will this book help to change the world?
What a useful book this would be......if every child in year one was the same. If each of them were interested in the same things, excited by the same experiences and whose... Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by E Richards
1.0 out of 5 stars Go for a walk instead!
As a parent of young children and an experienced primary school teacher I turely hope this is not the way forward for our education system! Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by J Ashman
1.0 out of 5 stars What your child needs to know???!!
This book was a complete waste of money. I would seriously doubt that the authors have had any contact with children of this age, nor spent time teaching them in the... Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by EB
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