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

Who we are

Central idea

The relationships we make help shape our lives.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • Those who are important to us. (form)
  • Different types of relationships. (connection)
  • Building positive relationships with others. (responsibility)

Subject Focus

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design


The children will explore a range of resources that will get them thinking about the people in their lives and the relationships that they have with them. This includes the positive relationships that they have with themselves.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Make a family tree
  • Write a thank you card to someone important to us
  • Talk about a new friend you made at school

Class Stories

  • Starting School – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • I am Enough – Grace Byers
  • Mixed: A world of colour – Arree Chung
  • My Monster and Me – Nadiya Hussain

Transferrable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Communication – exchanging information
  • Social – intrapersonal
  • Self Management – state of mind

Links to PSHE / SMSC

  • Understanding and managing feelings and behaviours
  • Making new relationships 
  • Empathy and mutual respect of others’ thoughts and ideas.

Key Vocabulary

  • Friendships 
  • Relationships
  • Identity
  • Family
  • Community
  • Well-being 
  • Belonging

Career Links

  • We are Dentists
  • We are Doctors
  • We are Faith Leaders
  • We are PCSOs

Sharing Success

  • Floor book to show and reflect on learning
  • Principled Certificate 
  • Class Dojo


Children will have settled into school and made positive relationships with staff and new friends. They will celebrate their first term in school by creating a collage of achievements and sharing this with their parents.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

Prime Areas

  • Develop our listening skills.
  • Learn new vocabulary.
  • Develop our conversational skills.
  • Engage in storytimes, rhymes, poems and songs.
  • Manage our own needs and feelings.
  • Build resilience.
  • Know and talk about the different factors that support their overall health and wellbeing.
  • See ourselves as valuable individuals.
  • Develop our small motor skills.
  • Combine different movements with ease and fluency.
  • Revise and refine the fundamental movement skills we have already acquired.
  • Develop good posture when sitting at a table and sitting on the floor.
  • Know and talk about the different factors that support their overall health and wellbeing.

Specific Areas

  • Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them.
  • Blend sounds into words.
  • Form lowercase and capital letters correctly.
  • Spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing the sounds with letter/s.
  • Explore different beliefs and celebrations.
  • Compare our life with those in other countries.
  • Talk about people who are familiar to us in our family and community.
  • Talk about places that are important to us and to members of our community.
  • Draw information from a simple map.
  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.