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Barley Hill Primary School

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

Welcome to Year One...

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,

The Year One Teaching Team 

Class Name Teachers Teaching Assistants

Miss Murphy(Team Leader)

Mrs Damarell (Tuesday)

Mrs Lupton


Miss Freeland

Mrs Damerell (Tuesday and Thursday)


Mrs Edwards

Ms Stanley 


Miss Walker

Mrs Gunn (Thursday)

Mrs Edwards

Start time: 8.45am- doors open

Morning break: 10.45am-11am

Lunch: 11.45pm- 12.45pm

Home time: 3.15pm

Other Information 

Reading At Home

We encourage you to read with your child as often as possible. Your child should have the opportunity to change their school reading books twice 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 and helps us know when to change their books. 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:



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

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/ and mathletics. This will be set on a Friday to be completed by the following Thursday. 

This will commence after October half term.

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.