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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
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Welcome to Year One's 'Moon Zoom' topic showcase...



Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to school! We are SO delighted to be seeing you all on Monday 8th March. We have missed teaching the children in person so much and we are thrilled our school community will be reunited again.

Thank you so much for all your support over the past few months, both in the way you have engaged with online learning and also for your kind words of encouragement and support for the teaching team. Your messages of thanks and good wishes have supported us all immensely.

Our start times and end times will be run in the same way as the Autumn Term, by house colour. Please see the timetable below to see which times to drop off and collect your child(ren).

Our topic this term is 'Moon Zoom!' Yes, you've guessed it; we are learning all about Outer Space. Please see our topic web for this term just above on this page to see a full breakdown of what the children will be learning. This topic is Design and Technology led, so be prepared to start getting creative!

If there is anything you would like to discuss, you can still contact us at:


We really look forward to seeing you all on Monday 8th March!

Best wishes,

The Year 1 Teaching Team

 School Start times and End Times, from March 8th, 2021

COVID 19 Absence Learning18th December 2020 Year 1.pdf

From Monday 14th September, 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 1 page. Use the arrow underneath  'Year 1' on the 'In This Section' tab.


Welcome to Year 1 at Barley Hill Primary


A very warm welcome to all our new children, parents and carers joining Year 1 in September 2020. Below you should find all the information that you need, but please do not hesitate to come and speak to us - after school or by phone works best for us. There is also the Year 1 support page available to you as a means of contacting us. We will also produce a Weekly Newsletter which will be uploaded to the top of this page each Friday - please read through this each week to be updated on what we have been learning and any important notices.

Class Name Teachers Teaching Assistants
Butterflies Mrs Roberts (Team Leader) & Mrs Plested Mrs Attridge & Mrs Kingston
Bumblebees Miss Rooney Mrs Kingston
Dragonflies Miss Walker Mrs Carr

Start Time: 8.55am

Morning Break: 10.15am-10.30am

Lunch: 12.15pm- 1.15pm

Home time: 3.00pm

Other Information


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

Please note that as of 3/9/20, 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.

Reading At Home

It is really important 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 like or did not like about the book and reasons why. Please fill in your child's Reading Diary once you have read with them - if they have their reading diary signed three times in a week then they will help their class to earn a class reward!


In addition to reading, children will also have keywords to learn to spell every week. These are assessed through children's writing informally in groups on an on-going basis. 

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.

Please note that homework will not be set at the start of the Autumn term. We would like the children to enjoy a 'settling in' period first and we will start to send work home at a point we think is appropriate.

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

A small ruler that will fit inside their pencil case

1 or 2 gluesticks

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 so they can identify them quickly. Please ensure their pencil case is named and that it is not so big that it can't be stored in their drawer: Smiggle style hardback cases are not suitable.

Your child will also need a named water bottle 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 1 support page if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!


 Yr 1 Topic Web Autumn 1 2020 final.docx

 Yr 1 Topic Web Autumn 2 2020.docx

With best wishes,


The Year 1 teaching team.