Waterloo Primary School

Where Pupils Shine


Communication and Language 


As we start our time at Waterloo Primary, we will be learning how to listen to others in both small and larger groups. During continuous provision, we will be learning to focus our attention on chosen activities for longer periods. We will begin to follow simple instructions. We will have the opportunity to take home a 'chatter bag' allowing us to bring special items into school to talk about with our friends. By reading a variety of books we will start to retell stories in our own words and use our imagination for role play.

During Autumn Term we will be sharing a wide range of texts, these include but are not limited to:

  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Tiger Who Came to Tea
  • Room on the Broom
  • Owl Babies
  • The Jolly Postman
  • Stick Man 



We use the scheme, Phonics Bug, to teach our daily phonics lessons. Most children in Reception will work through phonics phases 2 and 3. Within each phonics lesson, they will focus on 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, progressing to writing words containing the phoneme. They will develop cursive 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). 

This book will be allocated to your child in their online library within Phonics Bug. We expect children to 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 storybook 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. 


Children will apply this phonic knowledge to their reading and writing in our Literacy lessons which are based around books linked to our topic. The topics we cover in the Autumn term are 'All About Me', 'Autumn' and 'Post'. 



In line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Mathematical Fluency Project, we teach a number a week to embed children's understanding of mathematical concepts related to each number rather than teaching a ‘topic’ at a time. For example, when teaching number 1 we would discuss the number 1 in terms of numeral and quantity, including money by looking at 1p, shapes with 1 side and 1 face, talking about 1 more and 1 less. This will be continued in the same way for each number. This term we will cover numbers 1-8. 


Physical Development and Health and Self-care

During Autumn we will be learning to become more independent when putting on coats and changing for PE. We will familiarise ourselves with where the toilets are and the recommended routine for hand washing. We will focus on gross and fine motor development for effective use of a pencil and other tools. Our PE topics will be dance and games skills. 



This term we will be learning our class rules and routines. We will be working on being friendly to others, having conversations and developing good relationships with our new peers, considering others by taking turns and sharing. As we familiarise ourselves with our new setting we will select and use resources independently.


Understanding the World

As part of our All About Me topic, we will look at pictures of ourselves as babies and talk about our families. We will also talk about where we live and look at features of our environment. We will discuss belonging to a community.  During our Autumn topic, we will compare our environment to a woodland environment and discuss the animals we may find there. 


We will recognise special times for different cultures including Diwali, Harvest Festival, Hanukkah and Christmas.


Throughout the year we will have access to a range of computing technology, we will learn how to play games and write on the interactive whiteboards as well as interacting with age-appropriate software on Ipads.

Understanding the World

Expressive Art and Design

Through continuous provision, we have access to a range of creative activities such as junk modelling, construction materials, painting, play dough and a range of drawing materials.  We will use these to create representations of ourselves thinking about appropriate shapes and colours for our features. As a class, we will bake seasonal treats such as flapjacks and pumpkin pie.

Roleplay areas are available each day and are changed frequently, this means that the children will have opportunities to develop their imagination skills and apply their learning through play. 


In December the children will practice and perform a Christmas Play, allowing them to learn new songs and develop movements in response to music. 


Cultural Capital

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

  • Get soaking wet in the rain. 
  • Bake Flapjacks.
  • Visit a local park.
  • Visit our local Post Office to post a letter.



Reading: We expect children to read their online Phonics Bug book and access the linked games at least three times weekly. In addition to this, we expect that parents/carers will read the storybook 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. 

Each Friday children will be given homework related to either Maths or Literacy. 



As part of our Autumn topic, we plan to take a walk looking for signs of Autumn. We also aim to visit our local post office during our Post topic to send a card to Mrs Baldwin.