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    

Year 1 Summer Term

Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you have all had a lovely break and are ready for the busy Summer Term.


This term we will be reading and writing both chronological and non-chronological reports, instructions and stories with a familiar setting. We will also be looking at the impact of the prefix un, and a variety of suffixes to use in our writing.


The Phonics Screening Check is fast approaching and we ask for your continued support in practising real and alien word games at home, to give your child the greatest chance of success. In the assessment, your child will read a list of 40 words (20 real and 20 nonsense or ‘alien’ words) similar to the ones you will find in the Buried Treasure and Picnic on Pluto games on the Phonicsplay website. The children will use the Songs of Sounds song to revise phonemes, to help them to decode real and unknown words.  The children have been regularly assessed and we are impressed with the progress they have made. We will continue to provide support to those children who require additional help whilst extending the knowledge of children with a more secure understanding of phonics.

Handwriting:  There is a school-wide initiative to improve the technique and presentation of handwriting. In Year One, the children will continue to practise cursive handwriting, which they will be expected to apply in their writing. 


This term the units we will work on include: Addition and Subtraction within 20, Number Bonds to 10 and 20, 5 More and 5 Less, Patterns and Fractions.


We are finding out about what makes places sacred and plan to visit the church.

We are also finding out about other religions.

Art –

Drawing – line, shape, Painting – colour, space, Sculpting – texture and form

Design and technology –

Designing, making and evaluating in making kites and healthy snacks.


The children will continue to learn about basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical and human features.  They will talk about places they have visited outside of their local area.


This year children will be recalling significant events in their living memory and order changes they have experienced this year.


Each Monday, the children will be learning skills such as: using the internet to conduct research and developing their word processing skills. They will also learn about programming a robot toy and writing simple code to move a character on the screen. 


The children will continue to learn new songs and use instruments, including their voices, to create a range of sounds.


This term we will be taking part athletic and striking and fielding sessions. Our athletics sessions will look at developing running (for speed and distance), jumping and throwing skills. Our striking and fielding units will allow the children to develop throwing and catching skills, and will introduce batting techniques too.


Our science topics will be Plants and Animals, including Humans. Throughout the course of the term we will also be looking at seasonal changes evident in our school grounds.

Guided reading

Each week the children will read to an adult and have a set of tasks to complete linked to the text they have read.  Your child can access the library four times each week to change their reading books and we ask that you continue to share books with your child at home, asking questions about characters actions, reasoning and information found.


A handwriting, phonics and maths task will be set each Wednesday and will be due on Monday.  Please listen to your child read at least three times a week. Your children will also need to hand in their reading records on a Monday so that we can check they are reading at home. Team points will be awarded for children who read more than three times!