Waterloo Primary School

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Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

At Waterloo Primary, we deliver Jigsaw as a whole school approach to teaching PSHE, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.


In Autumn 1 our whole school theme is ‘Being Me in My World’.  During this unit of work Year One children will begin to explain why their class is a happy and safe place to learn.  They will explain how everyone in their class has responsibilities to make the class environment a happy and safe place.


In Autumn 2 our whole school theme is ‘Celebrating Difference’.  During this unit of work the children will talk about things that they are proud of and things that make them special.  They will begin to understand that they are different from their friends because they are unique.  The children will explore and understand what bullying is and how to report it.

Phonics/Reading/Letter Formation 

We use the scheme, Phonics Bug, to teach our daily phonics lessons. Most children in Year One will work through phonics phases 4 and 5. Within each phonics lesson, they will focus on a learning a phoneme (sound) and will learn the corresponding grapheme (written letters which make the sound). They will then apply this learning to writing the phoneme, along with words and short sentences containing the phoneme. They will develop correct letter formation for each letter (beginning lower case letters on the line). 

Children will then apply this learning to individual/paired/group reading (using the linked Phonics Bug book). They will complete verbal and written comprehension tasks, again using the linked Phonics Bug book. 

This book will be allocated to your child in their online library within Phonics Bug. Our expectation is that children read this fully decodable book at least three times weekly. Online games to embed the taught phonemes will also be allocated for you to access at home. 

If you do not have Internet access and require a hard copy of the book, please request this from your child's class teacher. 

To develop a love of reading, your child will also choose a story book to take home each week. This will be a quality text for you to read to your child (we would recommend at least three times weekly). 


For more information about supporting reading at home, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 


English (Reading to Writing Process)

Throughout this year, we focus on developing children's ability to write sentences that are demarcated with full stops and capital letters. We also teach children to write capital letters for names of people and places and days of the week. When writing, we expect to see children applying their phonics and letter formation. 

We will share a range of different poems and children will produce and share their own firework poems. We will share a range of different instruction texts and children will write their own simple instructions for making a jam sandwich. 

We will share 'Owl Babies', and 'Dogger'. Following the Pie Corbett approach, children will use actions to verbally sequence and retell the stories. 

In addition to these lessons, children will be read to. Some of the stories the children will hear again and again are: 'We're going on a Bear Hunt,' 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar,' and 'Dear Zoo'. 



Following our mastery approach, children explore mathematical concepts using concrete materials, moving to visuals and then to abstract calculations. Children will revisit and build on their understanding from reception.

We will begin by looking at numbers 0-10. Children will focus on the place value of numbers before progressing to addition and subtraction with numbers 0-10.

Children will move on to geometry: shape. Children will be learning to recognise both 2D and 3D shapes and looking at their properties. 

To end Autumn term, children will look at place value again, this time with numbers 0-20 to prepare them for the Spring term.  


We expect children to be counting both forwards and backwards at home as much as possible to become secure with their numbers 0-20. An educational but entertaining resource you could use to help with this at home is Numberblocks (BBC videos) which has a variety of videos for children to watch and join in with.


For more information about the calculation strategies we use, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 


During Autumn, children will explore mixed media textures and patterns which are linked to our local environment. This will consist of painting, drawing, or sketching shells, pine cones, leaves and waves. We will explore land art and create a collage inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.



Throughout our curriculum, children are encouraged to make safe use of technology to research and present. 

Children will engage in computing through understanding that a password is private. Children will learn how to log in and log out properly. Children will use computers to find information and pictures. This will link to seasons as children will be directed to discover Autumn and Winter photos. Children will also be given support to create digital images through paint.



For more information about keeping your child safe when using technology, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 


Design & Technology

 In Design & Technology, we will experience how to bake biscuits for our Christmas Fair. This will link to mathematical understanding of ordinal numbers such as 1st and 2nd when following instructions. We will also look at creating mechanisms. We will create sliders and levers and evaluate our work.



During Autumn, children will use a given map of the school to locate familiar room, this will progress to children making their own 'messy map' of their classroom using objects such as Lego blocks.

Children will use and follow a simple route map of the school to find some 'hidden treasure'. They will draw their own basic map of the playground using a key and symbols to represent some key features. 

Children will use directional language to direct a partner around the playground.



Children will begin history by looking at chronology. They will create a timeline of their day in school. They will use cubes to represent hours. Children will then progress to create a timeline of their life so far, this time using cubes to represent a year. Children will repeat this activity for their teacher's life so far.

Children will move on to looking at the royal family and creating their family tree.



Physical Education 


Religious Education 

During RE, children will be focusing on 'belonging'. 

Through this, they will be studying Christianity and Judaism and looking at special objects and symbols linked to these religions. 

Children will look at the Christmas story as well as looking at giving at Christmas time.

Children will learn who St Nicholas is.



In Science, we will start to explore the different seasons, notably, Autumn and Winter. We will also look at the human body and correctly label it. We will develop our knowledge of animals considering the different types such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.


Cultural Capital 

As a school, we have planned cultural capital experiences to supplement our curriculum. This term we will: 

  • Visit a local park
  • Create a class collage
  • Bake biscuits
  • Visit our local library
  • Learn a poem off by heart



Reading: Our expectation is that children read their online Phonic Bug book and access the linked games at least three times weekly. In addition to this, we expect that parents/carers will read the story book your child has chosen to them, at least three times weekly. Please record what your child has read/what you have read to them in their reading record, sign it and return it to school daily with any feedback/comments. 


Maths: As mentioned, we expect children to be counting as much as possible at home to ensure they are secure on numbers 0-20.


We will send home alternate English/maths tasks each Friday. This will be due in by the following Friday.  


For additional information and resources for supporting your child at home, please visit our, 'Help at Home' page. 

Optional Homework Projects 

1. Make map of your bedroom (Geography)

2. Creating a treasure chest about yourself (PSHE)

3. Create a model Titanic (DT/History)


Children will be awarded merits for completing these projects and will be given the opportunity to share their work with their class. 



Children will be visiting a local park to support leaning about seasons. 

Children will be invited to bring in donations for our harvest festival (all donations will go to our local food bank). 

We look forward to seeing you at our winter performance.