Brisbane (Year 1)

Class teacher: Miss Potter
Supported by: Mrs Steer(Mon-Thurs am), Mrs Nash (Fri am)



Brisbane Timetable

9:00-9:40Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkWeekly Spellings
10:50-12:10Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
1:15-2:30Multi-SkillsTopicEnrichment -
Ball Games
(Go Active)
2:30-3:00Collective WorshipCollective WorshipHymn PracticeCollective Worship2.15 Celebration Assembly


Early Morning Work

From Monday to Thursday the children in Year One start their day with Early Morning Work which focuses on developing key skills in literacy and numeracy, including a weekly ICT-based activity. They will also take part in guided reading one morning a week. Children are heard read individually during this time, and this will be on a fortnightly basis.



Literacy is taught daily from Monday to Thursday and develops reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Literacy units are usually taught over a two week period. Handwriting will be taught on a Friday. This term, Brisbane Class will cover the following:

  • Non-fiction: Information texts
  • Fiction: Fantasy worlds


Letters and Sounds

The Letters and Sounds programme focuses on securing word recognition skills essential for children to decode (read) and encode (spell). In Year One, the Letters and Sounds programme is taught on a daily basis from Monday to Thursday. 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 and the units covered are one week in length. The children build on their previous knowledge and use practical resources to develop their confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This term, Brisbane class will cover the following units :

  • Measurement: Weight and Capacity – comparing, describing and solving practical problems for mass and weight (e.g. heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than); measuring and beginning to record mass and weight; comparing, describing and solving practical problems for capacity and volume (e.g. full/empty, half, half full); measuring and beginning to record capacity and volume
  • Geometry: 3D shapes – recognising and naming common 3D shapes (cubes, cuboids, cones, cylinders, pyramids and spheres)
  • Number and Place Value – counting from any number up to 100 in ones or tens; finding one more/less and ten more/less than a given number
  • Addition and Subtraction – showing and using number bonds up to 20; solving one-step problems involving addition and subtraction using pictures or concrete objects; solving missing number problems such as 7 = _ – 9 or  16 + _ = 20
  • Measurement: Money – recognising and knowing the value of different coins and notes
  • Measurement: Time – comparing, describing and solving practical problems for time (e.g. quicker, slower, earlier, later); telling the time to the hour and half-hour; drawing hands on a clock face to show these times.



Our Science topic for Terms 5 and 6 is Plants. Children will learn about the different parts of plants and trees, as well as being able to name a variety of common wild and garden plants. They will 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.

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 in across the curriculum to enrich the children’s learning. 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.



Our Topic for Terms 5 and 6 is Castles. The children will be learning about the purpose of castles, their different parts and who lived there. They will find out some facts about people and events that have taken place in the past. They will also be learning how to recognise objects from the past and investigating what they may have been used for. The children will continue to build on their understanding of the past by:

  • Using timelines to order events
  • Looking at books and listening to stories to find out about the past
  • Using phrases to describe the passing of time
  • Recording their findings using sentences and pictures.



Our DT topic in Term 6 is Textiles. The children will be designing and making a product from material. They will learn how to measure, mark out and cut fabric, as well as different techniques of joining fabrics. Once completed, they will be evaluating their product against the design criteria.


Religious Education

RE will be taught in a block week towards the end of the term and focuses on the Jewish celebration of Chanukah. The children will learn about what Jewish children do during Chanukah and thinking about why it is important to them. They will learn about the different activities they take part in, the foods they eat and the visiting of the synagogue.



Our PSHE topic this term will be ‘Ready, steady, go’. The children will be learning about changes and who can help them in times of change. They will think abut how they can work with others to overcome obstacles they may face. There will also be a focus on ways in which they can keep themselves safe in everyday situations.



This term Brisbane Class will be participating in Multi-Skills and Ball Games.  Multi-Skills will take place on Mondays and Ball games on Wednesdays. In Multi-Skills, the children will continue to practise their throwing, catching, aiming and striking, using a range of equipment. Ball Games will be taught during Enrichment by GoActive. The children will also continue to develop their understanding of the importance of exercise for their health.