Year 1 – The Human Body

Project Overview

This half term we have been learning all about the human body. We kicked off the topic with some outdoor learning. First, we used chalk to draw around our own bodies and then labelled the body parts that we already knew. We explored our bodies further by discussing our 5 senses, and even experimented what it would be like to be without one of our senses, by writing our names and building a tower whilst blindfolded! We then went on a ‘senses walk’ around the school grounds and recorded what we could see, hear, smell, touch and taste. We later developed our knowledge further by learning about body parts that we can’t see, such as our organs and their uses, and then discussed the importance of eating a balanced diet and exercising to keep our bodies healthy.

What The Student Says

“I really liked when we learned about the different body parts like the brain, arms, legs and stomach.”

“I liked learning all about the organs inside our body!”

“I loved learning about the heart and the brain!”

“I felt really happy and excited when we went on our senses walk. We learned all about our different senses.”

“It was lots of fun trying to write my name when I was blindfolded because I couldn’t see anything.”

Year 1 Children 

What skills were developed?

The children have:

  • Begun to ask how and why questions, making enquiries
  • Developed observational skills
  • Been able to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
  • Gathered and recorded data on senses
  • Been able to carry out experiments and discuss their results


What The Teacher Says

The children’s engagement with this topic has been fantastic. They have really impressed me with their prior knowledge, and how they have been able to build on this over the past 6 weeks. The children have been great at making enquiries and asking lots of how and why questions in order to gain a deeper understanding of the areas covered. They particularly enjoyed learning about the body parts that we can’t see – the organs, and experimenting with our senses during our outdoor senses walk around the school grounds.

– Miss Naughton, Year 1 Teacher