Variety and characteristics of living things

Human life

This strand unit aims to help children to become aware of a range of similarities and differences between themselves. While children should observe different physical characteristics, the emphasis of the activity should be on the similarities between people. Children should be encouraged to appreciate that each person is individual and unique.

The identification of the parts of the human body is included at each level of the primary programme. The overlap in suggestions within the strand units is designed to facilitate a spiral approach to the curriculum. Good planning will ensure that repetition is avoided. In this way a much more detailed study of the human body and the different life processes can be undertaken in the middle and senior classes.