Year 1 – What am I learning now? (Term 4 2021-22)

How we organise ourselves

Central idea

The lives of individuals have changed our lives today.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • How has our view on the world changed? (Perspective)
  • Why has our view on the world changed? (Reflection)
  • How did we get around the world? (Function)

Subject Focus – Science, Geography and History

Across this term the children will begin to learn about the continents of the world. They will learn this through learning about Christopher Columbus and the places that he explored. We will also think about how he travelled there and what materials a boat would be made from.


The children became explorers for the day. They thought about what an explorer may look like and what they would need to take with them. They thought about different areas of the world that explorers may visit. We also became explorers and found animals and fruits just like Christopher Columbus!

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Research what is different about each continent.
  • Write about places they have visited.
  • Become an explorer and explore new places.

Class Stories

  • ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey
  • ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers
  • ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman

Transferable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Research – finding out new information.
  • Thinking – Considering new perspectives.
  • Communication – sharing ideas through writing.

Links to PSHE / SMSC

Celebrating differences between the people around us as well us people from different places around the world.

Key Vocabulary

Continent – Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, Australia/Oceania, ocean Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, Southern, Indian, atlas, mountain, sea, beach, hill, voyage, Christopher Columbus, materials, properties, explore.

Career Links

  • We are Explorers
  • We are Geographers
  • We are Sailors

Sharing Success

  • Celebration certificates.
  • Classroom displays and floor books.
  • Class Dojo through reward points and sharing with parents.


Children will form their own perspective of the world using what they have learnt. Children will use what they have learnt to create a boat. Children will have also written instructions to explain how this was made.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

  • Biography – Christopher Columbus
  • Narrative
  • Instructions
  • Can I compose sentences orally?
  • Can I, before writing; talk about where the sentence begins and ends?
  • Can I attempt to write appropriately to the task?
  • Can I sequence simple sentences and sentence-like forms to form short narratives based on real or fictional experiences?
  • Can I compose orally and write simple poems?
  • Can I re-read writing to check it makes sense?
  • Can I discuss my own writing with others; make simple changes where suggested?
  • Can I understand that suffixes can be added to verbs where no change is needed in the spelling of root words? – -er and –est
  • Can I use comparative and superlative adjectives, adding –er and –est to regular adjectives?
  • Can I know how the prefix ‘un-‘ changes the meaning of verbs and adjectives?
  • Can I sequence sentences to form short narratives?
  • Can I use simple synonyms for ‘and’?
  • Can I compare objects and numbers within 50?
  • Can I order numbers within 50?
  • Can I count in 2s?
  • Can I count in 5s?
  • Can I compare lengths and heights?
  • Can I measure length?
  • Can I understand weight and mass and can measure and compare mass?
  • Can I understand capacity and can measure and compare capacity?
  • Can I talk about what they see, touch, smell, hear or taste?
  • Can I perform a simple test?
  • Can I tell other people what they have done?
  • Can I distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made?
  • Can I describe materials using their senses?
  • Can I describe materials using their senses, using specific scientific words?
  • 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 eg wood, plastic, metal, water and 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 describe things that are similar and different between materials?
  • Can I explain what happens to certain materials when they are heated eg bread, ice, chocolate?
  • Can I explain what happens to certain materials when they are cooled, eg jelly, heated chocolate?
  • Can I work scientifically by performing simple tests to explore questions?
  • Can I answer some questions using different resources, such as books, photographs (including aerial photos) , the internet and atlases?
  • Can I think of a few relevant questions to ask about a locality?
  • Can I describe a locality using words and pictures?
  • Can I identify the significant physical features of the continents and UK countries?
  • Can I use geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features inc mountain, sea, beach, hill, weather, season?
  • Can I describe what people’s diets and homes might be like in other continents?
  • Can I name the seven continents of the world and find them in an atlas?
  • Can I find the world’s five oceans and find them in an atlas?
  • Can I recognise that a story that is read to them may have happened a long time ago?
  • Can I use words and phrases like: very old, when mummy and daddy were little?
  • Can I ask and answer questions about old and new objects?
  • Can I give a plausible explanation about what an object was used for in the past?
  • Can I answer questions using a range of artefacts/ photographs provided?
  • Can I record a sound and play it back?
  • Can I print out a photograph from a camera without help?
  • Can I explain why things one person finds funny or sad online may not always be seen in the same way as others?
  • Can I recognise that information can stay online and could be copied?
  • Can I describe what information I should not put online without asking a trusted adult first?
  • Can I give example of when they should ask permission to do something online and explain why this is important?
  • Can I use the internet with adult support to communicate with people they know (eg video call apps or services)?
  • Can I explain why it is important to be considerate and kind to people online and respect their choice?
  • Can I print using a range of materials such as: cork, strings, leaves, fruits and vegetables?
  • Can I design their own printing block using a range of tools?
  • Can I create a repeating pattern?
  • Can I select from a range of materials and components according to their characteristics?
  • Can I measure, mark out, cut and shape materials and components?
  • Can I assemble, join and combine materials and components?
  • Can I use finishing techniques, including those from art and design?
  • Can I say what products are?
  • Can I say who products are for?
  • Do I know what products are for?
  • Can I talk about my design ideas and what I am making?
  • Can I make a product that moves using levers, sliders or linkages?