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Year 1 – Barn Owls

Welcome to Year 1 - Barn Owls!



Hello everyone and welcome to Barn Owls! 
In Barn Owls we beleive learning should be fun, we look after our friends and we are proud of each other's learning. Have a look on this page for lots of important information about our learning in Year 1. 


Meet the Barn Owls team!

Mrs Pring and Mrs Farr are the class teachers, Mrs Matthews is our teaching assistant who helps us in class every day. Mrs Pring teaches us Monday - Wednesday AM and Mrs Farr teaches us Wednesday PM - Friday. 


Barn Owls Classroom

Here are some key points of information

  • We open the classroom doors at 8:50am. 
  • Please bring your book bag into school everyday, with your reading book and reading record inside.  Then we can change your books on a Monday and Thursday, and write in your reading record when we read with you at school.
  • We do PE twice a week, on a Tuesday and a Thursday. These lessons are held outdoors whenever possible. Every child needs a full PE kit in school and a pair of trainers or plimsols. 
  • Homework is given out on Fridays and due in on Wednesdays. 
  • Spellings are given out on Fridays and collected the following Friday.  
  • Our school day finishes at 3:10pm


This half term our topic is 'Seaside'. We will be comparing the seaside from the Victorian ages and the present day. We will also be starting transition activities to prepare the children for Year 2. 


For more information see our topic overview or medium term plans above. 

Barn Owls Learning

Phonics Screening Check

Please find below the information shared at the parents phonics screening check information morning on Wednesday 20th April. We have attached the powerpoint used, information sheet, phonics sound sheet and some useful weblinks for games and more information. 

If you have any questions please speak with Mrs Farr or Mrs Pring

Year 1 Parents Information Powerpoint

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General Information


Above are links to documents which are always useful when supporting your child's writing. We have included a list of non-decodable words (tricky words) which are useful to practise reading by sight, as well as sound mats showing all the sounds we have been learning in Phonics lessons.


If I have any concerns or problems, who can I speak to? 

Your first point of call is your child's class teacher.  Please speak to them to arrange a mutually convenient time to have a discussion.  We ask that if you would like to speak to us at home time, please wait for the rest of the class to be dismissed so our full attention can be given. Parents evenings are held once a term for you to discuss your child's progress. 


At Hillshott Infant and Nursery School we follow the Penpals handwriting scheme.  Our younger children are introduced to the four main characters which help them to memorise the sequence for writing each letter correctly.  The key thing to remember is that almost all the letters start from the TOP, except d and e. 


Lots of activities support pencil control, including colouring, drawing, playdough, sand play, squeezing pegs, threading and many more!  This is why we provide a variety of activities to build up children's finger strength.