Brisbane (Year 1)

Class teacher: Miss Potter
Supported by: Mrs Steer, Mrs Sheppard (am) and Mrs Phelps



Brisbane Timetable

9:00-9:40Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly
Early Morning WorkWeekly Spellings
10:50-12:05Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
1:15-1.45Collective WorshipCollective WorshipHymn PracticeCollective WorshipPSHE
1:45-3:00ArtTopicEnrichment -
Outdoor Multi-Skills
Indoor Dance2.15 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. Three times a week the children will take part in a handwriting/spelling activity and then complete their maths booklets. They will also do a guided reading or phonics-based activity 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 (with predictable patterned language)
  • Poetry: Rhyme


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 :

  • Adding and subtracting – reading, writing and working out sums involving +, – and = signs; adding three single-digit numbers, recognising double pairs and number bonds to ten; adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers to or from 20; adding by putting the larger number first and counting on; adding and subtracting 10 from 2-digit numbers.
  • Measurement (Weight and Capacity) – comparing and describing weights and capacities; solving simple practical problems; completing tables and block graphs in order to record information and results.
  • Division – sharing small quantities; solving simple division using objects and pictures; finding half of all numbers to 10, and then to 20; identifying even numbers.
  • Fractions – recognising, finding and naming halves as two equal parts of an object, a shape or a quantity; recognising, finding and naming quarters=as four equal parts of an object, a shape or a quantity; finding 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 of shapes; understanding 2/2 and 4/4 as one whole and 2/4 as one half.



Our Science topic for this term is Plants. Children will learn about the different parts of flowers and trees. They will also learn how to recognise and name a variety of common garden and wild plants. Children will develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Making simple observations
  • Following plans to carry out simple tests
  • Using simple scientific language
  • 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 Africa. The children will learn about the physical geography of the continent, investigating how places are similar to and different from the UK. They will also explore the climate of the the continent and begin to recognise that places get hotter closer to the Equator. 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
  • Using maps, atlases and globes to identify and locate countries within the continent of Africa.



This term in Art Brisbane class will be looking at pattern and texture in African art. The children will be looking at a range of African art and sculpture and printing from different regions of the continent. They will then have the opportunity to use a variety of techniques and processes to create their own versions.


Religious Education

RE will be taught in a block week towards the end of the term and focuses on the Jewish celebration of Shabbat. The children will explore what Jews do during this celebration and why it is so important to them. They will have time to reflect on a religion other than Christianity and begin to empathise with the beliefs of Jewish children.



Our PSHE topic this term will be ‘Healthy bodies, healthy minds’. The children will be thinking how to keep themselves healthy by undertaking regular exercise, the importance of rest and sleep, and how to keep safe in the sun. They will also learn about recognising personal successes, as well as taking personal responsibility.



This term Brisbane Class will be participating in Outdoor Multi-Skills and Dance. Multi-Skills will take place during Enrichment and Dance will take place on Thursday. In Dance, the children will continue to develop key physical skills such as balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also use begin to link simple shapes and movements, as well as learning to keep in time with the beat of the music. During Multi-Skills the children will be taught by Go Active.