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Reviews: Year 1

Testimonies for the Resource Book What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know

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An excellent read which finds the middle ground in the English Education system between fact-based learning and critical thinking-skills. Once started you never want to put it down and may be tempted to take it wherever you go with your child! It is full of activities which complement what the child learns at school in year 1 and require few or no resources—except the book! Fabulous pictures, stories, poems and information texts to look at with your child; easy to find something which fits in with the busy before-and-after school schedule or can even be done in the car, and most activities can be also enjoyed by older and younger children too. A great resource for a busy parent. Also ideal for a teacher just starting with a year 1 class or a nanny or would be especially good for home-schoolers.
—Primary Teacher and Parent, Hertfordshire, UK

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 with the children in my class. The ideas and information provided in What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know do both. With clear explanations, examples and illustrations, this book can help any parent with their child's education. This book has helped me ensure that the children in my year 1 class have access to old and new ideas, stories and philosophies. I look forward to introducing it further to the pupils at my school and their parents.
—Primary Teacher and Parent, Greater London, UK

The book is 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.
—Family Education Trust bulletin, UK

We particularly enjoyed the history and geography sections in the year one book. ...[The book] has really fired our son's enthusiasm for history. The geography section was also excellent. In his end of term reports, the teacher commented that our son's knowledge of the world is excellent. I think that it is largely down to your book. I look forward to receiving book two.
—Parent, Wiltshire, UK

This book is an extremely useful resource for parents who are interested in encouraging their child's learning. It covers a very broad curriculum of subjects.
—Parent, London, UK

What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know is based on an American resource, but adjusted to be compatible with the National Curriculum targets in this country. What I liked, a lot, were the stories, poems and literary resources that take up a lot of the book. There are lots of familiar classics, with the proper drawings, and it's a great resource of the type of thing that is good for children around this age. Read alouds and so on, great things for sharing. The book goes on with resources and activities for history, geography, science, music, maths and visual arts. As a starting point for what to consider as base knowledge, it's pretty comprehensive, and definitely worth the £12 or so that's being charged for it.
—Home Educator, Suffolk, UK

What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know is edited by American educationalist ED Hirsch, whose work has been praised by Michael Gove and schools minister Nick Gibb, who is overseeing the curriculum review. Content covered in the first English version - which is available to order on Amazon for £12 - includes handwriting, the signing of the Magna Carta and numeracy. It is primarily aimed at parents but Civitas is hoping that teachers will also be interested and is looking for schools which are interested in piloting it within their curriculum.
—TES Magazine