Curriculum content

First and second class

Strand: Living things

Strand unit: Myself

The child should be enabled to study

Variety and characteristics of living things

  • Name and identify external parts of the male and female body and their associate functions or senses
  • Become aware of the role of each sense in detecting information about the environment and in protecting the body
  • Recognise and/or measure physical similarities and differences between individuals height, colour of hair, eye colour design and make a measuring chart of heights, including a ‘pointer’ to show and record heights

Human life processes

  • Recognise that all living things grow and change
  • Recognise that physical growth has taken place since birth differences between milk teeth and permanent teeth physical size in a range of abilities and skills
  • Identify some requirements for growth and development in the human food, sleep, exercise
  • Begin to identify the main phases of the human life cycle
  • Use all the senses to become aware of and explore environments.

The child should be enabled to study and observe

Variety and characteristics of living things

  • Observe, identify and explore a variety of living things in local habitats and environments
    identify common trees and other plants
    common birds and other animals
    common insects and minibeasts of habitats such as forest, waste ground, hedge, pond, rocks, stream, seashore
  • Develop some awareness of plants and animals from wider environments
  • Recognise and describe the parts of some living things root, leaf, stem of plants trunk and branches of trees head, leg, wing, tail, skin covering of animal
  • Recognise that trees are plants
  • Group and sort living things into sets according to certain characteristics hibernation migration farm animals and plants that provide food

Processes of life

  • Appreciate that living things have essential needs for growth
  • Explore, through the growing of seeds, the need of plants for water and heat
    design, make or adapt a suitable container for growing seeds
    investigate how plants respond to light
  • Understand that seasonal changes occur in living things and examine the changes in plant and animal life during the different seasons
  • Become familiar with the life cycles of common plants and animals.