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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
  1. Year Groups
  2. Year 1

Welcome to Year One...

The Year One Teaching Team 

Class Teachers

Mrs Jones 

Mrs Damarell (Tuesday)


Miss Freeland 

Mrs Damarell (Wednesday) 

Mrs Taylor (Friday) 


Miss Murray

Mrs Damarell (Wednesday)


Learning Support Assistants
Mrs Lupton  Mrs Boardman Miss Dale


Please find the Sounds Write Phonics PowerPoint used at the Parent Phonics Workshop below. If you have any further questions, please speak with either the class teacher or Miss Fraser. 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

A very warm welcome to Year One!

We are delighted your child is with us for a year filled with new experiences, fun and discovery, and we hope you enjoy being part of our Year One community.

On this page you will hopefully find all the information you need about Year One, such as the termly topic webs, start and home times, the Year One staff team and homework. Simply scroll down the page to find out more, or follow the links to any further information.

As always, we are very happy to help you with any queries or concerns you may have. Please feel free to speak with class teachers at the end of the school day or email enquiries to:


We look forward to a wonderful year ahead with you and your child.

With best wishes,

Timings of The Day: 

Start time: 8.45am- doors open

Morning break: 10.30am-10:45am

Lunch: 11.45pm- 12.45pm

Home time: 3.15pm



Phonics in Year One...

When children enter Year One they are mostly secure in the “initial code” which is taught in Reception. They revise the initial sounds and then learn that there are alternative sounds for spelling by moving onto the extended code.  The first unit, for example, is looking at the 4 main ways to spell the “ay” sound, such as “ai” (rain), “ay” (day), “ea” (great) and “a_e” (rake).  The extended code has units which will be taught throughout Year One and into Year Three.  Each unit takes 2 weeks of teaching to complete and are regularly revised.  Please see below for the sequence of units.  Once established, the children in Year One also begin to read and spell polysyllabic words, using sounds recently taught.  They learn to split two and three syllable words up into their syllables and blend together to read. 


How to Help at Home...

Below are links for information on how you can help and support your child with their learning in year 1. 


We encourage you to read with your child as often as possible. Your child should have the opportunity to change their school reading books once a week - please encourage your child to do this - which allows them to read the book several times in order to gain confidence and fluency. As you are reading, it is useful to stop and ask questions about what the book is about, what the characters are doing and what might happen next. At the end of the book, get your child to think about what they liked or did not like about the book and their reasons why. Please fill in your child's Reading Diary every time they read. This only has to be a simple date and signature to acknowledge they have read at home. This helps us to monitor their reading progress. In addition, for every three times they read at home, they will help their class to earn a class reward.

Resources to support reading at home


Recommended Books to Read for year one.docx

Best Books for 5-year-olds | BookTrust

The best books for 5 and 6-year-olds - Pan Macmillan

Oxford Owl Free ebook library:


Oxfordshire Library online ebooks and eaudio service:



Children in year 1, by the end of the academic year, need to be able to skip count in 2s,5s and 10s. They also need to be able to count forwards and backwards to 100. 

Y1 Autumn Block 2 TS1 Introduce parts and wholes on Vimeo

Y1 Autumn Block 2 TS7 Number bonds to 10 on Vimeo

Y1 Autumn Block 2 TS13 Fact families - the eight facts on Vimeo

Y1 Autumn Block 2 TS16 Subtraction on a number line on Vimeo

Y1 Summer Block 4 TS4 The number line to 100 on Vimeo

Y1 Autumn Block 1 TS12 Less than greater than equal to on Vimeo

Parent resources | Maths workbooks | White Rose Maths (whiteroseeducation.com)


Please support your child with their fine motor skills and encourage lots of fun that involves working the children's hand muscles. This link has lots of fun and exciting ways to build those muscles and improve children's pencil grip. 

Activities to develop fine motor skills | Learning Resources

After they have developed their fine motor skills we would encourage them to practice their letter formation and pencil grip. CGP handwriting books are a great go to for support and guidance. 

General Information


Year 1 will have PE outdoors on Tuesdays and indoors on Mondays.

Please note that we kindly ask you to bring your child changed and ready for PE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children will remain in their PE kits for the whole day. Please can we respectfully ask you to name ALL items of your child's PE kit. It is essential for the smooth running of PE sessions that all PE kit is named clearly so that we are able to teach the children PE for the maximum session time possible rather than hunting for lost items! Thank you in advance.

Children will need trainers rather than plimsolls for outside. As well as running the Daily Mile, the children will also have the opportunity to play on the adventure playground if they are wearing trainers.


In addition to reading, Year One children will also receive a weekly activity to complete at home via purple mash or Mathletics and Numbots. This will be set on a Friday to be completed by the following Thursday. There will also be phonics words of the week we have been looking at. These are there to help children consolidate learning they have been doing throughout the week and so you are aware of what is being taught weekly in phoncis. 

Daily Needs

Your child will also need a named water bottle in school every day, and if they have a packed lunch, please provide a named lunch box and bag.