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
1:15-2:30Gym (Springboard)Outdoor GamesEnrichment -
2:30-3:00StorytimeCollective 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:

  • Fiction: Stories from Other Cultures
  • Poetry: Rhyme
  • Non-Fiction: Information Texts


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 :

  • Number and Place Value – reading and writing numbers to 20 in numerals; reading and writing numbers to 20 in words.
  • Addition and Subtraction – adding 2-digit numbers up to 20; subtracting 2-digit numbers from 20; solving missing number problems, such as 7 = ? – 9.
  • Measurement: Weight and Capacity – comparing, describing and solving practical problems for mass and weight; measuring and beginning to record mass and weight; comparing, describing and solving practical problems for volume and capacity; measuring and beginning to record volume and capacity.
  • Division – sharing small quantities; solving simple division problems using objects and pictures.
  • Geometry: Direction – making a whole turn and a half turn in both directions and describing this; a quarter turn and three quarter turn in both directions.



Our Science topic for Terms 3 and 4 is Animals, including Humans. Children will learn about distinguishing between living and non-living things. They will learn the names of a range of different animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians) and begin to sort them according to what they eat (carnivores, herbivores, omnivores). They will also learn the names of some parts of the human body, as well as linking the different senses to the correct organ. Children will develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Making simple observations
  • Using simple scientific language
  • Sorting and grouping different objects and living things
  • 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.


Geography and History

Our Topic for Terms 3 and 4 is Africa. The children will continue to learn about the geography of the continent, looking in detail at the similarities and differences between the landscape, animals and daily life of the people who live there. They will also learn about Nelson Mandela and the important part he played in unifying South Africa. The children will develop their skills as a geographer by:

  • Using basic geographical language to describe places
  • Using locational language to describe the features of a map
  • Using maps, atlases and globes to identify countries
  • Recognising that the climate gets hotter closer to the equator
  • Knowing the four compass directions.

The children will develop their skills as a historian by:

  • Using timelines to order events
  • Finding out some facts about people and events from the past
  • Looking at books and listening to stories to find out about the past
  • Using phrases to describe the passing of time.



Our DT topic in Term 3 is Textiles. The children will be learning about measuring, marking and cutting out fabric. They will use their own ideas to create a plan, and select appropriate equipment and tools to make a final product based on design criteria.


Religious Education

RE will be taught in a block week towards the end of the term and focuses on the Easter Story. The children will examine the idea of why Jesus was welcomed like a king by the crowds on Palm Sunday. They will also be thinking about why Jesus is so special to Christians, as well as the importance of religious symbols.



Our PSHE topic this term will be ‘Looking Forward’. The children will be thinking about the different things they enjoy doing and the different ways in which they learn. There will also be a focus on setting goals, gaining confidence and reflecting on and celebrating achievements.



This term Brisbane Class will be participating in Outdoor Games and Gymnastics.  Outdoor Games will take place on Tuesdays and Gymnastics will take place at Springboard on a Monday. In Outdoor Games, the children will continue to practise their throwing, catching, aiming and striking, using a range of equipment. In Gymnastics, the children will be using a range of equipment to build on the skills they have learnt in school. They will also continue to develop their understanding of the importance of exercise for their health.