Horndon-on-the-Hill C. of E. Primary School

Respect • Responsibility • Honesty • Courage • Thoughtfulness

Class 1

Horndon–on–the–Hill C. Of E. Primary School

Teacher: Mr Hales, L.S.A: Mrs Jones

Dear Parents,

Our topics for the Autumn Term will be Who am I? and Toys and Celebrations.


The children will be writing their own version of traditional tales, reciting poetry by heart and writing simple non-fiction texts. 


The children will use the Songs of Sounds song to learn an additional 27 phonemes, to help them to decode real and unknown words.  The children will be assessed half-termly, throughout the year, and support will be provided to those children who require additional help.  In June, the children will then take the Phonics Screening Check, where they will be expected to read a list of 40 words (20 real and 20 nonsense). 

To support your child at home, play simple games like I Spy or collect objects that contain a certain sound.  The website PhonicsPlay is a good resource.  Also, I recommend the site Oxford Owl and in particular the article Helping your struggling reader at home http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/expert-help/helping-struggling-readers.


In Year One, the children will be learning to join their handwriting, which they will be expected to apply in their writing. 


This term we will be covering the units: Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Shape, Measurement, Multiplication and Division and Time and Fractions.


In science, the children will be learning about autumn and winter, investigating the weather associated with these periods, changes to the length of the day and how plants are effected.  They will also learn about materials.


The children will examining what does it mean to belong to a faith community?  They will learn about how religious people show they belong to their faith community. They will learn about ways babies are welcomed in religions and the promises made at weddings. They will think about their own network of belonging and how we all belong to someone. The investigation implements the principal aim of RE, which is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.


The children will creating portraits.

Design and Technology

The children will be making toys.


The children will developing their knowledge of the world, starting with their immediate environment. 


The children will be learning about toys, examining how they have changed over time.


The children will be learning to use computers to complete a number of tasks.


The children will be covering the units: Hey You, Rhythm in the Way We Walk and The Banana Rap, which teaches the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and allows the children to play instruments.


P.E. takes place daily.  The children, each Tuesday will be covering the units Invasion Games and Gymnastic.  The children will run the Daily Mile, every afternoon.  Children must not wear earrings or any other jewellery.  Only send children to school with studs if they are able to remove them independently.


We shall be covering the units: New Beginnings and Getting on and Falling out.


We will be visiting the Museum of Childhood on Thursday 8th November 2018.

Guided reading

The children will have a daily guided reading session.


Homework will be set on a Thursday and due the following Tuesday.  Please listen to your child read at least three times a week.