Brisbane (Year 1)

Mrs Edwards

Class Teacher

Mrs Cary

Teaching Partner

Early Morning Activities

The children will use this time to review and practise basic skills in maths, handwriting, spelling and reading. They will also have the opportunity to play and learn outside in the Role Play shed. Over the term, there will also be several activities outside linked to our maths, English and Science work. They will also take part in Guided Reading sessions each week. On Friday’s session, the children will practise their weekly spellings through engaging activities and have a spelling quiz.



English is taught daily from Monday to Friday. 

This term, Brisbane Class will cover the following:

  • Familiar Tales (3 weeks): The children will read the story of The Jolly Postman, identifying the familiar tales running through the story and writing their own letters to the characters.
  • Instructions (2 weeks): The children will be reading and following instructions and then writing their own for making bird feeders
  • Poetry (1 week): The children will write poetry of their own based around the theme of Winter.



In Year One, Phonics is taught on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. We will be recapping phase four sounds, moving on to phase five. We will also learn tricky words (words that can't be worked out using phonics) associated with these phases and ensure we use them correctly in our writing.


Thank you for your continued support at home with practising spellings and hearing your child read regularly. It really does make a difference to all areas of learning.


We will continue to use the following vocabulary regularly in our Phonics sessions:

Phoneme – a sound in a word

Grapheme a letter or sequence of letters that represents a phoneme

Digraph – two letters that make one sound (e.g. ‘ai’ in rain)

Trigraph – three letters that make one sound (e.g. ‘igh’ in bright)

Split digraph – two letters that make one long vowel sound but they are split with other letters placed in between. You would have possibly learnt them as ‘magic e’ at school (e.g. ‘a-e’ as in name or taste)

Suffix – a group of letters added to the end of a word that changes the word’s meaning.

Prefix – a group of letters added to the start of a word that changes the word’s meaning.  




Maths is taught daily from Monday to Friday. Each session will start with a Number Sense lesson - the number equivalent of phonics which supports the underpinning understanding of the number system. During the maths session, the children will have the opportunity to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving within each unit. 


This term, Brisbane class will cover the following objectives:

  •          Place Value : This term children will be learning to use the number system confidently by counting on from any number, drawing and writing representations of groups of objects, labelling numbers as figures and words, using mathematical terms such as less than, greater than and equal to as well as estimating and comparing amounts.
  • Addition and Subtraction : Children will learn to use part whole models to help them visualise addition problems, write number sentences more formally alongside real life objects, use and understand number bonds within and up to ten and beyond, and learn mathematical language around addition and subtraction such as add, subtract, ones, tens, estimate, equal, all together, take away, how many are left.
  •   Shape: Children will learn to sort, name and label 2 and 3d shapes in increasingly more complex ways - using proper mathematical terms to describe those shapes. They will also create patterns with them, but also look for similarities between 2 and 3d shapes.     


This term, the children will be learning all about animals including humans. They will learn to sort animals according to different criteria beyond species - such as mammals, amphibians, insects and fish. They will learn what each animal needs to stay healthy and about basic habitats.

History and Geography

 In History and Geography  this term our topic is History Detectives. We will be looking at where our school and homes are and how maps work. We will be using google street view and comparing it with traditional maps, learning about direction and basic keys. We will be making maps of places and journeys that are important to us, helping us to understand how our environments help us to grow and develop. We will be looking at how our homes and towns have changed over time and look for evidence of a different time in the buildings around us .We will compare our homes with how Victorians lived



Computing will continue to be taught across the curriculum to enrich the children's learning in Maths and English and to develop their computing skills. Specific skills we will learn will be to log on, log off and save documents independently in the right place. We will continue to concentrate on using the internet safely.



In Art this term we will be looking at portraits. We will look at the work of other artists and talk about how they created their pictures. We will learn techniques for creating our own self portraits - thinking about where the eyes and ears actually are on your head. We will experiment with different media and colour mixing.



RE will be taught weekly. This term children will be working on the topic "Why is Christmas Important to Christians?" At the end of the topic they will have learnt to give a clear, simple account of the story of Jesus’ birth and why Jesus is important for Christians. Recognise that stories of Jesus’ life come from the Gospels. Give examples of ways in which Christians use the story of the nativity to guide their beliefs and actions at Christmas. Decide what they personally have to be thankful for at Christmas time.



In PSHE this term we will be learning about relationships - what makes us special and unique and how we effect others around us. We will think about all the different sorts of relationships we have in our lives and how important they are to us. 



PE lessons are taught twice weekly on a Monday and a Friday this term. On Mondays we will be learning the skills needed to move our bodies in different ways and how to be put a series of movements together. On Fridays we will use our skills from last term to develop our understanding of games and how to work as a team.