Year 1 – What am I learning now? (Term 1 2022-23)

Who we are

Central idea

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • What can make us unique.
  • How relationships between people can be different.
  • Communities that we belong to.

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
  • Set goals for ourselves and work to achieve them.
  • 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

  • Writing labels and captions and descriptive writing.
  • Begin to write sentences accurately.
  • Begin to explore basic punctuation.
  • Begin to use conjunctions.
  • Begin to write using the correct subject-verb agreement.
  • Using my phonics to read and spell words.
  • Listen and respond appropriately in a range of contexts.
  • Write in a phonetically plausible way.
  • Accurate formation of letters.
  • Develop, plan and evaluate ideas and final pieces in my sketchbook.
  • Create observational drawings using pencils and pastels.
  • Ask relevant questions and discuss likes and dislikes about a locality and use a range of sources to answer them.
  • Create and follow a simple map.
  • Use locational language.
  • Follow the design process of research, design, make and evaluate.
  • Create a freestanding structure.
  • Use senses to describe surroundings.
  • Name body parts.
  • Create and use an avatar.
  • Create a picture and add my name to it
  • Understand the idea of ownership and how to save, share and see messages from my teacher about my work.
  • Describe how to behave online to not upset other.
  • Put objects into chronological order using appropriate vocabulary.
  • Describe how have we changed using appropriate vocabulary.
  • Christian beliefs about God and Jesus and their symbols.
  • Understand difference between right and wrong, good and bad.
  • Explore vocal, body and instrumental sounds.
  • Creating and performing steady beats.
  • Developing fundamental skills.
  • Yoga and Gymnastics.
  • Set simple goals and know how to achieve it.
  • Challenge themselves.
  • Express how they are feeling.