Year 1 – What am I learning now? (Term 1 2021-22)

Who we are

Central idea

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • What makes us unique.
  •  How we can be different from each other. 
  • Celebrating our uniqueness.

Subject Focus – Science

During this unit, the children will explore and learn more about themselves and others, considering the similarities and differences between them. They will begin to explore the main features of the human body and how elements of this can be totally unique. It is important for the children to be able to identify that everyone is unique in their own way but we can all still be part of the same community.


During provocation the children will explore different images and objects that represent themselves, families and their communities and they will engage in activities to show this. We hope to generate some questions from them so they can find out more about their bodies and our local community during their own inquiries.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Look and talk about pictures of the children as babies and discuss their developmental milestones.
  • Discuss the communities they belong to

Class Stories

  • Parts – Tedd Arnold
  • Sisters & Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams – Howard Byrant

Transferrable skills (approaches to learning)

Children will develop their communication and social skills as well as the ability to compare themselves to others for when they later compare humans to animals.

Links to PSHE / SMSC

  • Understanding relationships
  • Understanding that they can be a member of more than one community
  • Learning to be balanced and open-minded learners

Key Vocabulary

  • Senses : Hear, See, Touch, Smell and Taste
  • Body Parts: Leg, Head, Hand, Nose, Eyes, Ears, Feet, Fingers and Toes
  • Information: Address, Family members,
  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Choice
  • Well-being
  • Relationships
  • Caring
  • Balanced
  • Open-minded

Career Links

Thinking about the positions of adults in their  families and local communities and how they impact on their lives.

Sharing Success

The children will be proud of who they are and will present themselves and their families in a leaflet to friends and family. As well as; principal certificates, dojo points and inquiry journals.


Children will have a better understanding of their place within their own families and the communities that they belong to and will develop compassion for those in other communities They will gain a better understanding for looking after themselves, particularly around mental well-being.

Children will complete an ‘All About Me’ leaflet that they will share with  parents and carers.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

Lead subject: Science
  • I can talk about what I see, touch, smell, hear or taste.
  • I can name the parts of the human body that I can see.
  • I can draw and label basic parts of the human body.
  • I can identify the main parts of the human body and link them to their senses.
  • I can use simple equipment to help make observations.
  • I can think of some questions to ask.
  • I can answer some scientific questions.
  • I can talk about things that happened when I was little.
  • I can explain how I have changed since I was born.
  • I can use words and phrases like; old, new and a long time ago.
  • I can gather simple data about my school grounds.
  • I can say what I like about my school environment.
  • I can sort things I like and don’t like.
  • I can devise a simple map of my school.
  • I can think of a few relevant questions to ask about locality.
  • I can describe a locality using words and pictures.
  • I can name key features associated with a town or village eg. church, shop, house
  • I can use simple locational and directional language eg. near and far, left and right
  • I can tell someone my address.
Design and Technology
  • I know that a healthy diet comprises food and drinks from the food groups.
  • I know that everyone should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables everyday.
  • I know how to prepare simple dishes safely and hygienically without using a heat source.
  • I know how to use techniques such as cutting, peeling and grating.
  • I can communicate something about myself in my drawing.
  • I can create moods in my drawing.
  • I can draw using pencil and crayons.
  • I can draw lines of different shapes and thickness, using 2 different grades of pencil.
  • I can describe what I can see and like in the work of another artist/craft maker/designer.
  • I can ask sensible questions about a piece of art.
Religious Education
  • I can talk about the fact Christians believe in God and follow the example of Jesus.
  • I can recognise some Christian symbols and images used to express ideas about God.
  • I can talk about simple ideas about Christian beliefs, God and Jesus.
  • I can retell a story that shows Christians might think about God, in words, drama and pictures, suggesting what it means.
  • I can make links between what Jesus taught and what Christians believe and do.
  • I can respond thoughtfully to a piece of Christian music and bible text that inspired it.
  • I can talk about issues of good and bad, right and wrong, arising from stories.
  • I can ask some questions about believing in God and offer some ideas of my own.
  • I can capture images with a camera.
  • I can print out a photograph from a camera with help.