Year R Term 6: What I Am Learning Now

How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea

Stories can be told in many different ways.

Lines of Inquiry: An inquiry into…

  • The variety of ways people tell stories (function).
  • The structure of a story (form).
  • Storytelling through a range of different media (perspective).
Subject Focus
Expressive Art & Design and Literacy

The children will be exploring and refining a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas. They will develop storylines in their play and will share these with their peers. Finally they will be using their phonics knowledge to write their own stories in short sentences.

The children will explore the history of stories and look at how stories have been told over time. They will look at how we can tell stories using different voices, actions and expressions, and then will explore story baskets to encourage them to tell their own stories.
Home Learning Opportunities
  • Retell your favourite story by acting it out.
  • Create sock puppets.
  • Read lots of different story books and talk about the characters.
Class Stories
  • Dogs Don’t Do Ballet
  • The Dot
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance
  • Ish
  • Traditional Tales
Transferable Skills (Approaches to Learning)
  • Communication
  • Thinking
  • Research
Links to PSHE/SMSC

Change – Transition to Year 1

We will be discussing with the children the change in classrooms and teachers nearer the end of term and preparing them for their new chapter!

Key Vocabulary

Stories, characters, setting, traditional tales, ballet, dance, art, acting, expression, story map, beginning, middle, end.

Career Links
  • We are storytellers
  • We are performers
  • We are artists
  • We are authors
  • We are illustrators
Sharing Success
  • Celebration certificates
  • Classroom displays and floor books
  • Class Dojo through reward points and sharing with parents

We will be creating our own stories using story maps and will then write these in short sentences. After creating our story we will decide how to share it with our peers. This might be with puppets, as a dance or acted out.

Milestones covered in this inquiry…


  • I can read simple words and phrases
  • I can write short sentences
  • I can re-read books to build up confidence in word reading
  • I can re-read what I have written to check it makes sense

Communication and Language:

  • I can use new vocabulary
  • I can listen to and talk about stories to build familiarity and understanding
  • I can retell the story once I have developed a deep familiarity with the text

Expressive Arts & Design:

  • I can explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express my ideas
  • I can create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills
  • I can develop storylines in my play


  • I can subitise
  • I can compare numbers saying which group has more or less
  • I can identify odd and even numbers
  • I can compose and decompose shapes so that I can recognise a shape can have other shapes within it
  • I can compare weight and capacity