Year 1 – What am I learning now? (Term 3 2022-23)

How the World Works

Central idea

Observation leads to understanding.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • How fashions have changed over the years.
  • Celebrating the uniqueness of fashion around the world.
  • Why do clothes look a certain way?

Subject Focus

History will be a focus this term as we discuss the history of clothes and fashion.

DT will also be a focus as we will be designing and creating a product based on what we have learnt about.


In provocation we will investigate different pieces of clothing and inquire into when and where we would wear these.

We will have a look at how clothes are made and what equipment you may need to make them.

Finally, we will think about how fashion has changed and what materials we may use to make clothes.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Daily reading
  • Compare different clothes at home and their purpose.
  • Observe changes that happen around us as the weather changes.

Class Stories

  • Beautiful Oops! – Barney Saltzberg
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes – Hans Christian Andersen

Transferable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Social: Respecting others in how they decide to represent themselves.
  • Communication: Interpretation
  • Thinking: Reflection

Links to PSHE / SMSC

This term we will be learning about how to keep our bodies healthy and how to keep ourselves clean.

Key Vocabulary

Fashion, materials, cotton, fabric, paper, wool, joining, sticking, glue, staples, weather, seasons, winter, summer, autumn, spring, sunny, cloudy, rainy, charts, table, weaving, old, new.

Career Links

We are:

  • Designers
  • Models
  • Seamstresses

Sharing Success

  • Take a selfie – we will use ClassDojo to share images of work we are proud of.
  • Principal’s certificate – we may be awarded certificates for our learning at the end of each week.
  • We will be awarded Dojo points to celebrate our Learner Profile Attributes.


We will create an instructional piece of writing to tell others how to create a puppet that we will make ourselves.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

  • Write a narrative (traditional tale) and write a set of instructions. Use persuasive language.
  • Orally compose and reread my sentences.
  • Use my phonics to read and spell words.
  • Use the simple present continuous tense and the simple past tense.
  • Use voice and expression to engage the listener.
  • Form letters correctly.
  • Become familiar with key stories , fairy stories and traditional tales, retell them and know their characteristics
  • Check that a text makes sense when reading ;self correct and re read inaccurate reading.
  • Match and sort fabrics and use these to weave.
  • Identify physical features of the continents and UK countries.
  • Use geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features.
  • Learn about the seven continents and the 5 oceans.
  • Create a product by measuring, marking out, cutting and gluing materials.
  • Understand the four seasons and the weathers the occur in each season.
  • Work scientifically by performing simple tests to explore questions.
  • Understand what spreadsheets are and how to use them.
  • Understand about copyright and ownership.
  • Compare old fashion with new fashion.
  • To understand and explain different religious celebrations.
  • To understand and explain that Jesus is important to Christians.
  • Explore sounds by identifying and discussing.
  • Explain about pitch and beat and making high and low vocal sounds.
  • To learn and perform dances.
  • To understand how to control a ball in different ways.
  • To control how my body moves in different way.
  • Understand how to keep clean and be healthy.