Core Knowledge UK Resource Books

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The Core Knowledge UK series of resource books helps parents and grandparents support their primary school child's education. The resource books provide educational guidance and activities to engage children with learning and help them build a strong foundation of knowledge that builds on their schooling.

What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know is the first in the series of six books—one for each primary school year—for parents, grandparents and children to enjoy. What Your Year 2 Child Needs to Know, What Your Year 3 Child Needs to Know, What Your Year 4 Child Needs to Know and What Your Year 5 Child Needs to Know are currently available from our online shop. The last book in the series, for Year 6, will be published later in 2013.

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We are proud that Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture for London, recently stated: '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.'

The Core Knowledge UK resource books are filled with age-appropriate readings and activities that stimulate thinking in various subjects:

Language and Literature: develop your child's reading and writing skills by seeing an excellent selection of poems, reading beautifully illustrated fables and multicultural folktales, and talking about the meaning behind traditional sayings and phrases. Also gain a foundation in written English, explained with a touch of humour. See the specifics for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3. Year 4 or Year 5 or try a selection of language and literature activities.

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History and Geography: explore a friendly introduction to our world, complete with colourful maps, resources and information about significant figures and events in British and world history and geography. Help your child learn about other cultures and gain a greater appreciation of their own. See the specifics for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 ot Year 5 or try a selection of history and geography activities.

Visual Arts: delve deeper into painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, tapestry and more by learning about artistic techniques and helping your child look at and talk about art. See the specifics for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 ortry a selection of visual arts activities.

Music: participate in many musical experiences by learning about instruments, musical notation, famous musicians and genres of music while singing and dancing to dozens of age-appropriate songs. See the specifics for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 or try a selection of music activities.

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. See the specifics for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 or try a selection of maths activities.

Science: observe, experience science and get your hands dirty while exploring the wonders of nature and learning about foundational figures in science. See the specifics for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 Year 5 or try a selection of science activities.


Read the descriptions, including the specific topics and activities featured, for the books for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5.


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