By the end of Year 1 children should
- Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
- Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
Animals including humans
- Identify and name a variety of common animals including, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
-Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
- Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets)
- Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.
- Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
- Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
- Describe the simple properties of a variety of everyday materials
- Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple properties
- Observe changes across the 4 seasons
- Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.
Some activities you could do include
- On your daily walk look at the different trees and flowers. How many can you name? Collect leaves and flowers to identify.
- Draw the human body and label as many parts as possible.
- Sing songs such as head, shoulders, knees and toes.
- Put smelly items in dishes, blindfold your child and see if they can identify them by smell. Repeat for taste with different food and touch for different items.
- Collect items from around the house - can your child sort them in to groups based on what they are made from? How else could they sort them?
- Keep a weather diary and not what time the sun sets (and rises if you are up) each day.
- Talk about how the weather changes each season - make a poster for each season.