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What your year 6 child needs to know: Fundamentals of a good year 6 education [Paperback]

E. D. Hirsch , Robert Whelan , Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka
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17 Feb 2014
Designed for parents, teachers and home educators to use with children, this sixth volume in the Core Knowledge UK series presents the specific and shared knowledge that should be at the core of a challenging Year 6 education, preparing the student for the transition to secondary school and for a lifetime of learning to come. Familiar and favourite poems - old and new, from William Blake and Rudyard Kipling to T. S. Eliot and Roald Dahl. Literature from around the world - Don Quixote from Spain and The Samurai's Daughter from Japan, as well as extracts from great classics of literature like Oliver Twist, The Secret Garden and Le Morte d'Arthur. Learning about language - learn the basic building blocks of language and literature, including figurative language, imagery and metaphor; parts of speech, punctuation and grammar; together with the ever-popular explanations of proverbial phrases and sayings. Geography - learn about map projections and time zones, explore the geography of several regions of the UK and travel through the American continent, from Canada to the Amazonian rainforest. History - learn about British history from the Industrial Revolution to the death of Queen Victoria, and about the American Civil War that abolished slavery in the USA. Visual arts - become familiar with some of the greatest art ever created by Renaissance masters Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Music - understand the basics of reading and appreciating music as well as the lives of great composers, together with an introduction to spirituals and a collection of songs for Year 6 children to sing. Mathematics - improve your mastery of arithmetic with long division, negative numbers and decimal multiplication, ratios, scales and lowest common denominators, before diving further into geometry, functions and transformations. Science - learn about the elements, organisms, species, cells and reproduction, as well as the lives of great scientists.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Civitas (17 Feb 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1906837287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906837280
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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E.D. Hirsch, Jr. is a professor at the University of Virginia and the author of The Schools We Need and the best-selling Cultural Literacy and The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. He and his wife, Polly, live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they raised their three children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What is taught in Year 6 14 Mar 2014
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I am full of enthusiasm for this series and it's excellent to see that all the primary years are now covered. We are so often asked what is expected of children in each year group. Of course, it is impossible to generalise and every child is different but these books give an excellent base to start from - it's up to parents to work out what suits their child and if you have these books to hand, you can work with your child at their level. This book gives your child a really broad grounding in all subjects and it is this range that is exceptional. Yes, it covers the essentials of English, maths and science but also geography, history, visual arts and music are given sizeable chapters, ensuring a well-balanced education for both home educators and children in schools. Topics are clearly explained with a wealth of visual material to aid learning. The inclusion of plenty of supporting material adds hugely to the value of the book - for example, extracts from literature, reproductions of paintings, biographies of relevant people and useful maps. These are all invaluable teaching aids, brought together to save busy parents searching far and wide as well as giving stimulating ideas for extension work. The maths section is clearly explained with plenty of practical examples. Throughout the book there is a huge range of high quality illustrative material and all-in-all, this is an excellent and comprehensive source of support for Year 6 work.
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