Brisbane (Year 1)

Class teacher: Mrs Jameson
Supported by: Mrs Johnson

Brisbane Timetable

9:00-9:40Early Morning ActivitiesEarly Morning ActivitiesEarly Morning ActivitiesEarly Morning ActivitiesWeekly Spellings
9:40-10:30NumeracyNumeracyNumeracyNumeracyTopic / Art
10:50-12:10Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Voice Tuition / PSHE
1:15-2:30Outdoor PE: Multi-SkillsScienceEnrichment -
Indoor PE: DanceShow and Tell / Circle Time
2:30-3:00Hymn PracticeCollective WorshipCollective WorshipCollective Worship2.15 Celebration Assembly


Early Morning Activities

From Monday to Thursday the children in Year One start their day with Early Morning Activities. During this time the children will be heard reading both individually and in a group. They also will have maths tasks to complete as well as continuous provision of activities to inspire and challenge their learning.  Generally, the children will read individually once every fortnight and in a group every week.



Literacy is taught daily from Monday to Thursday. In these lessons the children will have the chance to expand their knowledge of different styles of text, helping to develop their reading, listening and writing skills. They will also be able to work creatively to explore their performance skills and use their imagination. During these lessons each week the children will have a teacher led guided writing task to support them in creating their own version of the topic we are looking at. They also will have handwriting lessons to support them in their letter formation and spelling. This term, Brisbane Class will cover the following:

  • Fiction: Stories from Other Cultures
  • Non-Fiction: Information Texts
  • Poetry: Poems with Rhyming Patterns


Letters and Sounds

In Year One, the Letters and Sounds programme is taught on a daily basis from Monday to Thursday. The Letters and Sounds programme focuses on securing word recognition skills essential for children to decode (read) and encode (spell). Children are taught Phase 5 Letters and Sounds which focuses on high-quality phonics words, to ensure children develop fluent word reading skills and have good foundations in spelling. Terminology: phoneme – a sound in a word; grapheme – a letter or sequence of letters that represents a phoneme.


  • Read further graphemes for reading
  • Read alternative pronunciations for graphemes
  • Practise recognition of graphemes in reading words
  • Practise reading high-frequency (common) words
  • Practise reading two-syllable and three-syllable words
  • Practise reading sentences


  • Write alternative spellings for phonemes
  • Learn and spell and practise high-frequency words
  • Practise spelling two-syllable and three-syllable words
  • Practise writing sentences



Maths is taught daily from Monday to Thursday. Typically each unit will last two to three weeks. This will provide the children with the chance to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving for each subject.  The children will build on their previous knowledge and use practical resources to develop their confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. The children will be challenged to explore the different ways that they are able to complete tasks, working both independently and with others.

This term, Brisbane class will cover the following units :

  • Place Value
  • Addition
  • Measurement of Height
  • Measurement of Length



Science is taught once a week and so each topic will cover the whole term. The children are encouraged to be curious and explore the world around them through questioning and investigations to develop their scientific knowledge and thinking.  As young scientists, Brisbane class will cover a variety of topics this year. The children will  build on their previous knowledge, checking they are confident with their understanding, as well as the providing the chance for the children to develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Making simple observations
  • Observing and beginning to record changes over time
  • Using simple scientific language
  • Following a plan to carry out a simple test
  • Using findings to answer questions
  • Recording findings using words, pictures and tables
  • Talking about what they have found out and how they found it out.

This term our focused topic is ‘Animals’. Throughout the year, the children will also investigate Seasonal Change, where they will be observing and noting changes to the weather and local environment.


ICT and Computing

ICT is used across the curriculum to enrich the children’s learning and develop their computing skills. They will use iPads and laptops to record their work, as well as using a range of programmes to support their Literacy and Maths skills. The children will learn how to use technology safely, as well as basic skills such as logging on using a password and beginning to save their work. The children will enjoy enrichment lessons on Programming this term.



History and Geography are both taught through Topic lessons. This term the children will be exploring the topic of ‘Africa’.  The children will be exploring lots of different aspects of Africa. They will learn more about the landscape of Africa and the variety of plants and animals there. They will develop their understanding of the different countries within Africa and what life is like in different parts. The children will be encouraged to think about the similarities and differences between different parts of Africa and their own home. The children will continue to build on their understanding of Geography by:

  • Using maps to look at the different habitats in Africa
  • Looking at books and listening to stories to find out more about Africa
  • Using key language to describe the different parts of Africa
  • Thinking carefully about what they would like to learn about Africa


DT is taught termly in block week sessions. This allows the children to have a chance to fully engage with the topic through focused learning and experimenting. This term the topic is ‘Structures’. The children will be designing and making a product and then evaluating their final creation! The children are encouraged to use their creativity and scientific thinking to develop their designing skills


Religious Education

RE will be taught in a block week towards the end of the term. Throughout the year we shall be looking at key themes from Judaism and Christianity. The children will be learning more about Christianity later this term and thinking about ‘how Jesus was a friend’. RE lessons provide the children with a chance to explore their spirituality as well as looking at the moral, cultural and social aspects of each religion. The children are encouraged to learn about religions and try to think about their own personal beliefs.


PSHE topics are taught over a two term basis.  This term the topic we shall be looking at is ‘Living in the Wider World’. The children will be thinking about what ‘The Wider World’ means. We shall discuss how we can positively contribute to life in the classroom, school and wider community. We shall think about the importance of respecting everyone’s rights and beliefs. In these lessons, the children are encouraged to think about others and have time to discuss different topics with their class, developing their listening and speaking skills.



PE lessons are taught twice weekly. This term Brisbane Class will be participating in Multi-Skills and Dance.  Multi-Skills will take place on Mondays and Dance on Thursday. In Multi-Skills, the children will build on their skills of throwing, catching, aiming and striking, using a range of equipment. In Dance, the children will develop their rhythm and movement to music.  The children will also continue to develop their understanding of the importance of exercise for their health. To support your child, please make sure that they have their full PE kit in school so that they are able to make the most of these lessons. As we approach the colder  weather it would be a good idea to ensure they have a fleece/jumper and long tracksuit trousers to keep warm.