Year R – What am I learning now? (Terms 2 & 3 2022-23)

Sharing the Planet

Central idea

Our culture and local area may influence our lives.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • What is a home? (form)
  • How our homes are different to others. (perspective)
  • How homes reflect culture. (connection)
  • What makes a house a home? (causation)

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 their homes and homes from around the world.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Make a house using different resources.
  • Draw a map of their house.
  • Label different rooms in their house.

Class Stories

  • Building a Home – Polly Faber
  • An Engineer Like Me – Shini Somara
  • A Place Called Home: A Look Inside Houses Around the World – Kate Baker
  • The Three Little Pigs

Transferrable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Research – consuming and processing
  • Thinking – analysis
  • Communication – listening

Links to PSHE / SMSC

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

Key Vocabulary

  • Properties
  • Environment
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Behaviour

Career Links

  • We are Architects
  • We are Estate Agents

Sharing Success

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


Children will be open minded when learning about other cultures and be confident to share their own experiences of celebrating events with their friends.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

Prime Areas

  • Use new vocabulary.
  • Articulate my ideas.
  • Connect one idea to another.
  • Build constructive and respectful relationships.
  • Think about the perspectives of others.
  • Express my feelings and consider the feelings of others.
  • 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 simple phases.
  • Write short sentences.
  • 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.
  • Recognise some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries.
  • Recognise some environments that are different to the one in which they live.
  • Watch and talk about dance and performance art, expressing my feelings and responses.
  • Return to and build on my previous learning, refining ideas and developing my ability to represent them.
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.