Brisbane (Year 1)

Ms Gray

Class Teacher

Mrs Ellis

Teaching Partner

Early Morning Activities

From Monday to Thursday the children in Year One start their day with Early Morning Activities. During this time, they access a variety of tasks from hand writing practise, number skills, reading comprehension or spelling activities’. The children also have the opportunity to read individually to an adult. They are responsible for changing their own reading books at this time to encourage independence. On Friday’s session, the children will have a spelling quiz.



English is taught daily from Monday to Thursday. This term, Brisbane Class will cover the following:

  • Stories with familiar settings (2 weeks): We will be looking at ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch”. During the first week we will learn the text and begin to write some character descriptions and a series of sentences to describe the settings.
  •  Poetry on a theme (2 weeks): We will start by looking at the features of some poems based on Fireworks and Bonfire Night. The children will have the opportunity to learn and recite a poem as well as write their own. We will even attempt to use rhyming words!
  • Lists, labels and captions (1 week): We will be linking this with “The Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch and creating our own lists for lunches and labels for different food from the story as well as writing speech bubbles for the different characters.


In Year One, the phonics programme is taught on a daily basis from Monday to Thursday. We will be moving on to Phase 4 and 5 sounds this term.

Your child has now been introduced to the following terminology which we use regularly in our Letters and Sounds 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 – these are introduced in Phase 5 and are 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).

Children will continue to have spellings to learn each week at home covering the sounds and tricky words that we are learning in school that week. Please also continue to hear your child read daily if possible. Little and often makes all the difference.



Maths is taught daily from Monday to Thursday. Typically each unit will last two to three weeks. This will provide the children with the chance to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving for each subject.  The children will build on their previous knowledge and use practical resources to develop their confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. Throughout the week, the children will work with an adult, independently and with others.

This term, Brisbane class will cover the following units:

  • Properties of shape (1 week): Children will learn to recognise, name and sort 2D and 3D shapes and make patterns with them. They will use vocabulary such as ‘sides’ and ‘corners’ for 2D shapes and ‘edges’, ‘faces’, ‘vertices’ and ‘apex’ for 3D shapes.
  • Place value to at least 20 (2 weeks): Children will practise counting forwards and backwards from any given number to 20 and beyond. They will count, read and write numbers to 20 in numerals and words. They will identify one more or one less than numbers to 20 and beyond. They will also compare numbers with vocabulary such as ‘equal to’, ‘greater/more than’, less/fewer than’, ‘most’ and ‘least’ and use the < > = symbols.
  • Addition and subtraction with numbers to 20 (3 weeks): Children will revise number bonds to 10 (that is, two numbers that total 10, such as 3 + 7 = 10) and apply that knowledge to work out number bonds to 20 (e.g. 13 + 7 = 20). Learning number bonds off by heart is incredibly useful and is something that we would encourage your child to practise at home this term. We will move on to applying number bonds to 10 to adding by bridging through 10 (e.g. 7 + 5 would involve 7 + 3 = 10 and 10 + 2 = 12) and subtracting by bridging through 10 (e.g. 15 – 7 would involve 15 – 5 = 10 and 10 – 2 = 8). We will be making the link between addition and subtraction number sentences in ‘fact families’. We will apply what we have learnt to problem solving and use our reasoning skills!



Science is taught once a week. The children are encouraged to be curious and explore the world around them through questioning and investigations to develop their scientific knowledge and thinking.  As young scientists, Brisbane class will cover a variety of topics this year.

The children 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.


This term our focus is 'Everyday Materials'. The children will be learning how to distinguish between an object and the material it is made from, identify the materials that an object is made from and name a variety of everyday materials. We will also be thinking about materials in terms of those that can be reused and recycled.

Finally, we will continue our year-long study of ‘Seasonal Changes’ by making observations and recordings using the weather station. We will compare our findings to those of last term.  


ICT and Computing

ICT is used across the curriculum to enrich the children's learning and develop their computing skills. They will be using iPads and laptops to record their work, as well as using a range of programmes to support their English and Maths skills. The children will be learning how to use technology safely, as well as basic skills such as logging on using a password and beginning to save their work.



History and geography are both taught through Topic lessons. This term we will be following on from our local geography topic from last term with a local history topic called 'History Detectives'

The children will be learning about different local historical buildings - the school and the churches amongst others. Weather-permitting, we will end the topic by going on a local walk and applying our history detective skills!

They will develop their skills as a historian by:

  •          Using phrases like: ‘old’, ‘new’, ‘a long time ago’, ‘now’, ‘yesterday’, ‘last week’, ‘when I was younger’, ‘before I was born’
  •          Asking questions based on historical objects, people and events that they are learning about
  •          Writing sentences and drawing pictures to share their understanding of the past
  •          Understanding how to put a few events or objects in order of when they happened
  •          Using timelines to order objects or events
  •          Finding out some facts about people and events from the past.


Design & Technology

DT is taught in termly block week sessions and will occur at the end of the term connecting our history focus on local buildings with our science topic on materials. As young designers, the children will be making structures and thinking about the function of the materials they are using as well as making them stronger by folding, joining or rolling.  


Religious Education

RE will be taught in a block week towards the end of the term. This term the children will be learning about Christianity, focusing on the Nativity Story and asking the question 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?'. RE lessons provide the children with a chance to explore their spirituality as well as looking at the moral, cultural and social aspects of each religion. The children are encouraged to learn about religions and try to think about their own personal beliefs.



PSHE topics are taught over a two term basis so we shall continue to focus on 'Relationships'. The children will be thinking carefully about the relationships they have. We will be discussing how we can recognise and manage our emotions within a range of relationships. We will be discussing the importance of respect for other people and consider how to recognise what is right or wrong in a relationship. In these lessons, the children will be encouraged to think about others and have time to discuss different topics with their class, developing their listening and speaking skills.



PE lessons are taught twice weekly. The children will have Gym on Monday afternoons and Games on Fridays. The children will also continue to develop their understanding of the importance of exercise for their health. As we approach colder weather and PE lessons continue to be outside, please ensure that the children have warm and comfortable layers.



For enrichment this term, the children are very lucky to experience Falconry lessons on a Wednesday afternoon. This is a great experience and opportunity for the children to broaden their scientific curriculum.