Year 1 – What am I learning now? (Term 2 2021-22)

Who we are

Central idea

The past influences the present and the future.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • Royal castles and their features (Form)
  • The role of the monarchy (Function)
  • How people’s lives have changed (Change)

Subject Focus – History

The children will be learning about important milestones in our history, particularly around the United Kingdom having a King or Queen, looking at when the first castles were built, then on to King Henry VIII, before going in depth into the Victorian era and finally comparing the daily lives of people then with how our lives are today under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.


The children explored objects, pictures and artefacts from the different eras, including model castles, pictures of Kings and Queens from the past and present, and had the opportunity to build their own castle using blocks.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Visit a castle.
  • Talk to grandparents about when they were younger
  • Visit Buckingham Palace.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Read lots of fairy tales.

Class Stories

  • The Knight & the Dragon—Tomie DePaolo
  • Usborne Illustrated Fairy Tales.
  • T’was the night before Christmas

Transferable skills (approaches to learning)

Children will be able to retell stories and events they will develop their vocabulary to improve their writing skills through writing narratives.

Links to PSHE / SMSC

Children will have a greater understanding of the history of the country that they live in and will celebrate some of the British values and traditions that we hold as a nation.

Key Vocabulary

King, queen, knight, dragon, castle, turret, castellation, motte and bailey, keep, concentric, past, present, future, old, new, monarchy, royal, throne, crown, ruler, battle, tapestry, tradition, Christmas, presents, cards

Career Links

Historians, monarchy, politicians, teachers, maids, butlers, factory workers, inventors, scientists.

Sharing Success

  • Principal Certificates
  • Dojo Points
  • Class Dojo posts
  • ‘What are you proud of?’ Discussions
  • Classroom displays—wow work wall


Children will be able to talk about events from the past and compare how they have changed to the way we live now. They will also begin to think about what changes might happen in the future.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

Lead subject: History
  • Can I understand that we have a queen who rules us and that Britain has had a king or queen for many years.
  • Can I recognise that we celebrate certain events because of what happened many years ago.
  • Can I give examples of things that are different in my life from that of a long time ago in a specific period of history such as the Victorian times.
  • Can I ask and answer questions about old and new objects.
  • Can I spot old and new things in a picture.
  • Can I give a plausible explanation about what an object was used for in the past.
  • Can I answer questions using artefacts and photographs provided.


  • Can I use capital letters for proper nouns (names of people and places).
  • Can I join words and clauses using ‘and’.
  • Can I understand the difference between ‘and’ and ‘but’.
  • Can I write simple sentences in the first, second and third person (I am happy, you are happy, she is happy)
  • Can I sequence sentences to form a short narrative.



  • Can I read some phonically decodable books closely matched to my phonic knowledge.
  • Can I explain my understanding of what is read to me.
  • Can I participate in discussions about what is read to me, taking turns and listen to others.
  • Can I become familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics.
  • Can I recognise and join in with predictable phrases.

Working with numbers to 10 to develop mastery of skills.

  • Can I count forwards and backwards to 10.
  • Can I write numbers to 10 in numerals and words. (eg. 6 and six)
  • Can I use the Part-whole model to solve problems.
  • Can I know what the addition symbol means and solve addition problems using objects to help.
  • Can I find number bonds for numbers within 10 and to 10 using objects to help.
  • Can I know what the subtraction symbol means and solve subtraction problems using objects to help.
  • Can I compare addition and subtraction sentences using the language of greater than, less than and equal to.

Shape, Space and measure

  • Can I recognise, name and sort 3D shapes.
  • Can I recognise, name and sort 2D shapes.
  • Can I create patterns using 2D and 3D shapes.

Working with numbers to 20 to develop mastery of skills

  • Can I count forwards and backwards to 20.
  • Can I write numbers to 20 in numerals and words. (eg. 15 and fifteen)
  • Can I recognise the numbers from 11 to 20.
  • Can I find one more and one less.
  • Can I compare numbers using the language of greater than, less than and equal to.
  • Can I distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Can I explain what material objects are made from.
  • Can I explain why a material might be useful for a specific job.
  • Can I name some different everyday materials e.g metal, wood, plastic, water, rock
  • Can I sort materials into groups by a given criteria
  • Can I explain how solid shapes can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
  • Can I perform a simple test.
  • Can I tell other people about what I have done
  • Can I mix paint to create all the secondary colours.
  • Can I mix and match colours, and predict the outcomes.
  • Can I use a simple painting program to create a picture.
  • Can I use tools like fill and brushes in a painting package.
  • Can I go back and change my picture.
Design and Technology
  • Can I make a freestanding structure including walls and towers.
  • Can I know how freestanding structures can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.
Religious Education
  • Can I talk about the fact that Christians believe in God and follow the example of Jesus.
  • Can I recognise some Christian symbols and images used to express ideas about God.
  • Can I talk about simple ideas about Christian beliefs, God and Jesus.
  • Can I retell a story that shows what Christians might think about God, in words, drama and pictures suggesting what it means.
  • Can I make links between what Jesus taught and what Christians believe and do.
  • Can I respond thoughtfully to a piece of Christian music and bible text that inspired it.
  • Can I talk about issues of good and bad, right and wrong, arising from stories.
  • Can I ask some questions about believing in God and offer some ideas of my own.