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Strand: Living things

Strand unit: Myself

 In infants the child should be enabled to identify

Variety and characteristics of humans

  • Identify parts of the male and female body
  • Recognise and measure physical similarities and differences between people
    Sean is smaller than Jan both Robert and Sinead have blue eyes

Human life processes

  • Become aware of some changes that occur as children grow and mature height, foot size design and make a slipper or shoe for self or an imaginary character
  • Become aware that people have a variety of needs for growth (exercise, food, clothing, shelter)
  • Develop an awareness of human birth
    that a baby grows and is nurtured in the mother’s womb until ready to be born
  • Use all the senses (touch, smell, sight, taste, hearing) to become aware of and explore environments
    examine a muesli, identify and taste the ingredients, what else could be in a cereal? design a tasty cereal from a base of oatflakes and/or wheatflakes

Strand unit: Plants and Animals

The child should be enabled to study

Variety and characteristics of living things

  • Observe, discuss and identify a variety of plants and animals in different habitats in the immediate environment
    common trees and other plants
    common birds and other animals
    in habitats such as ponds, trees, hedges, grass, rocks, soil
  • Become aware of animals and plants of other environments
  • Sort and group living things into sets
    flowers, leaves, trees, birds, fruit and vegetables
  • Recognise and identify the external parts of living things
    flower, leaf, stem, root tail, leg, beak, feathers

Processes of life

  • Observe growth and change in some living things
  • Explore conditions for growth of bulbs and seeds
    in soil, damp moss, wet paper
  • Become aware that animals and plants undergo seasonal change in appearance
    or behaviour
    colour change, leaf fall, appearance of buds and shoots, hibernation