Brisbane (Year 1)

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



Brisbane Timetable

9:00-9:40Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkWeekly Spellings
10:50-12:05Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Voice Tuition
1:15-2:30ArtTopicEnrichment -
Outdoor GamesPSHE
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:

  • Fiction: Stories with Familiar Settings
  • Non-Fiction: Lists, Labels and Captions
  • Poetry: Poems on a Theme (Autumn)


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 – counting forwards and backwards from 0 to 100; reading and writing numbers from 0 to 100; using a number line to help count; using pictures and objects to represent numbers; saying whether there are more or less of something.
  • Addition and Subtraction – reading, writing and working out addition sums using + and = signs; adding 1-digit numbers up to 20; adding and subtracting zero.
  • Geometry: 2D shapes – recognising and naming common 2D shapes, including squares, rectangles, triangles and circles.



Our Science topic for this term is Materials. Children will learn about distinguishing between different everyday objects and the materials they are made from. They will also learn how to recognise and name a variety of materials and their properties. Children will develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Making simple observations
  • Using simple scientific language
  • Sorting and grouping different objects and materials
  • 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 Geography topic for this term is Our Local Area. The children will learn about the physical geography of where they live. They will also explore the school locality, as well as investigating similarities and differences between the two environments. The children will develop their skills as a geographer by:

  • Using basic geographical vocabulary to describe places
  • Using locational language to describe the features of a map
  • Adding key features to a simple map
  • Presenting data collected from simple surveys
  • Using simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of the local area.



This term in Art Brisbane class will be looking at Art in the Environment. The children will be encouraged to respond to a range of ideas and starting points, recording from first-hand experience. They will also be trying out new techniques, including the use of drawing, creating rubbings and using ICT.



Our DT topic in Term 1 is Mechanisms and this will be taught in a block week at the end of term. Children will learn the purposes of different mechanisms and investigate how to make simple flaps, levers, sliders and wheels. They will then create their own storyboard, choosing mechanisms which offer appropriate movements.


Religious Education

RE will be taught in a block week towards the end of the term and focuses on the Christian story of Creation. The children will explore the idea that God wants Christians to look after the world, and consider how the Creation Story may influence how Christians behave towards nature and the environment.



Our PSHE topic this term will be ‘Our Happy School’. The children will be thinking how to develop their sense of belonging in a new environment, recognising diversity and developing their understanding of the importance of following the rules. There will also be a focus on discussing feelings and relationships.



This term Brisbane Class will be participating in Dance and Outdoor Games. Dance will take place during Enrichment and Outdoor Games will take place on Thursday. In Outdoor Games, the children will continue to develop key physical skills such as balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also continue to develop their understanding of the importance of exercise for their health.