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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
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  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. However, due to trying to keep the school site as safe as possible, we would appreciate it if non-urgent enquiries are sent to us via:


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

Mrs Roberts (Team Leader)

Mrs Womack (Wednesday)

Mrs Attridge


Miss Kershaw

Mrs Metcalf (PPA cover)

Mrs Womack (Tuesday am)


Mrs Lupton


Miss Walker

Mrs Metcalf (PPA cover)

Mrs Edwards

Start time: 8.50am- doors open, 8.55am- registration

Morning break: 10.30am-10.45am

Lunch: 11.40pm- 12.45pm

Home time: 3.00pm

Other Information

COVID Absence Home Learning

If your child presents with COVID symptoms and has to stay at home but is well enough to learn, they will be able to access weekly English, Maths and Topic work that mirrors what the children will be learning in school. Teachers will update the work by Monday morning for each week. This work can found on the tab attached to this Year One page. Click on the arrow underneath  'Year 1' on the 'In This Section' tab.


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 once you have read with them. 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:


These two videos below show the phonics sounds the children have been learning so that you can help them with their reading at home. You may need to have the free VLC media player app installed on your device to see and hear the videos. 

Phonics Sounds.MOV

Phonics Sounds.MOV


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. This is to ensure we have minimal contact with the children whilst there is still the risk of COVID transmission and to ensure our PE sessions run as smoothly as possible. Children will remain in their PE kits for the whole day. They can wear their normal school shoes to school on PE days and then change into trainers once on site so that we can keep their trainers for the Daily Mile. 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 relating to either the English, Maths or Topic work that is currently being taught in school. These will be fun and engaging activities to consolidate learning and we do not expect your child to be spending hours doing them. A maximum of half an hour over the course of a week is plenty!

Homework activities will be given out on Fridays and children are asked to complete them by the following Thursday. You will find weekly homework set at the bottom of the COVID ABSENCE page.

Pencil Cases

Due to COVID-19, we need to try and minimise the amount of resource-sharing the children do for the time being, so providing your child with a named pencil case and stationery items for school will greatly help to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. Please, where possible, provide the following for your child:

Writing pencils x 3

A pencil sharpener

A rubber

Colouring pencils (NOT pens, please)

A small ruler that will fit inside their pencil case

1 or 2 glue sticks

Safety scissors

Please try to name items as much as possible or mark your child's belongings in a way they can easily recognise as theirs, eg, with a coloured sticker or a notch on the pencils. Please ensure their pencil case is named and that it is not so big that it can't be stored in their school tray. Please note: 'Smiggle' style hardback cases are not suitable.

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.

Other equipment needed includes a pack of tissues and a book bag. We ask for no rucksacks as we are trying to minimise movement outside of the classroom.

Please do get in touch with us via the the Year One support page if you have any questions; we will be happy to help you.