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What Your Child Needs to Know

The What Your Child Needs to Know series provides children with the fundamentals they need for a successful education and a lifetime of learning. Bringing subjects alive, the books are designed to help you ensure your children achieves his or her potential in the classroom - and beyond. They are packed with engaging content for children across the arts, humanities and sciences from Years 1 to 6. Here is a flavour of each subject covered by the series:

Language and Literature: develop your child's reading and writing skills with a rich and varied selection of poems, classic stories, fables and folktales. From Alice in Wonderland to Aladdin, children will meet many heroes and villains as they explore the wonderful world of literature. Children will also gain and understanding of the English language, from structuring simple sentences to using imagery, similies and metaphors, the series provides a sound foundation in spelling, punctuation and grammar. Find out more about Language and Literature here.

History and Geography: explore the world around us with colourful maps, resources and information that provide an introduction to history and geography. Meet the Ancient Egyptians, the Ancient Greeks and the Romans; take a tour of Britain from Penzance to John O'Groats and join explorers such as Captain James Cook as they embark on voyages around the world. Find out more about our History and Geography here.

Visual Arts: delve deeper into painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, tapestry and more by learning about artistic techniques and famous artists from around the world. Picasso, Hockney, van Gogh and da Vinci all feature alongside ideas for hands-on art activities. Children will become familiar with several art movements including Rococo, Modernism and Abstract art. Find out more about Visual Arts here.

Music: develop a love of music by learning about different instruments, musical notation, famous musicians and genres of music. From opera to jazz, spirituals to songs from musicals, children can discover a love of music for themselves. Children will learn about the lives of famous composers such as Mozart and Holst and listen to a wide range of pieces including Mozart's The Magic Flute and Holst's The Planets Suite. Find out more about Music here.

Mathematics: learn about and practise a variety of mathematical concepts and gain skills year-on-year by working with numbers; solving problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; gaining skills in measurement, geometry and more. Children will master mental calculations by following clearly explained methods that build on previous learning, year on year. Find out more about Mathematics here.

Science: observe, explore and experience science through learning about the world around us. Children can get their hands dirty while exploring the wonders of nature and discover how things work. The lives of famous scientists, such as Florence Nightingale and Isaac Newton, offer an insight into how important scientific discoveries have been made. From electricity and magnetism to astronomy and the human body, children will gain a strong foundation of scientific understanding on which a lifetime of learning can be built. Find out more about Science here.