Waterloo Primary School

Where Pupils Shine


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 the children will explain why their behaviour can impact on other people in their class.  They will compare their own and their friend's choices and will be able to express why some choices are better than others.  The children will understand how some of our choices can have positive or negative consequences.  


In Autumn 2 our whole school theme is 'Celebrating Differences'.  During this unit of work the children the children will identify ways in which their friend is different to them.  They will compare themselves to their friends, describing similarities and differences between themselves and expressing how they feel about these.  


English texts taught including grammar focus... 


Following our mastery approach to comprehension, children will study a weekly text. Each day the children will focus on a particular element: purpose structure and organisation, vocabulary, retrieval or inference. The texts selected, often provide children with opportunities to embed and deepen their learning from the wider curriculum. 


In addition to this, children will vote for their preferred class novel, this will provide children with the opportunity to relax and enjoy being read to. 


Our expectation is that children read at home every day. Please ensure reading records are signed and in school daily. For additional support with reading at home, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 


Writing (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)

Our focus when writing will be ensuring that children consistently apply learning from Year One (full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, the conjunction 'and', question marks, exclamation marks, prefixes and suffixes). we will continue to teach handwriting daily and will be focusing on forming each letter correctly. When ready, some children will be encouraged/taught to join. 

We will begin the year, reading and analysing 'The Black Hat,' by Maia Walezak. We will study the author's use of expanded noun phrases and the use of different sentences types (command, statement, question, exclamation). We will encourage children to apply this to their own narrative diary based on the text. 

We will read and analyse, ‘Oi Get off our train,’ by John Burningham. Children will use this text as stimulus for their own persuasive letter. 

Following our trip to a transport museum, children will write a recount of their experience. they will be encouraged to use a wider range of conjunctions. 

Using, 'Traction man,' as a stimulus, children will take part in a theme day, when they will dress as their favourite superhero. 

We will revisit instructional writing from Year One. We will share a range of instructional texts and will examine how authors use commas for lists. Children will produce their own instructions for making rice crispie cakes.


Throughout lessons, children are supported and encouraged to reread and improve their own work, accessing texts, dictionaries, thesaurus, handwriting strips and word banks. 


Daily spelling lessons will incorporate a variety of strategies for learning letter strings, spelling rules and words. Please support your child to learn the spellings we send home each week. For more information about spellings and handwriting, please visit our, 'Helping at Home', page. 



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 of... 


Please support your child with their weekly times tables homework, developing their instant recall. 


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


The children will explore the life and works of Peter Blake. They will then develop pencil, pattern and colour skills in the style of Peter Blake. Following this the children will then apply these skills to create their own patterned form of transport. Finally, the children will then self-evaluate and peer-evaluate alongside teacher evaluations to then refine their final piece of work. 



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

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

The children will carry out a simple web search related to our transport topic and use this information to create an information leaflet, presentation or poster. For example: the Victorian Revolution, Stephenson or the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. 


Design & Technology

Explore examples of...research... 








The children will build on their Year 1 Geography skills where the children studied the weather. The children will develop their map skills focusing on the seven continents, five oceans, the equator and poles. We will then recap work from Year 1 based on seasons linking to significant hot or cold regions of the world. The children will also take part in International Week where they will contrast their locality with Sierra Leone. 






Physical Education 


Religious Education 

To develop an understanding of the Bible recapping the Old and New Testament studied during Year 1. The children will read, study and discuss several Bible stories such as: the story of Joseph focusing on the theme of forgiveness, the story of Ruth focusing on the theme of loyalty, David and Goliath focusing on the theme of bravery and finally Sampson and Delilah focusing on trust and promises. During Autumn 2 the children will then study the Good Samaritan, Prodigal Son and Lost Sheep. Following this the children will then visit a local church where they will further discuss Bible stories. 



The children will develop their understanding of materials from Year 1 linked to our transport topic. The children will identify uses for everyday materials and identify why their chosen material is best for its given purpose. The children will then investigate material properties and gather relevant data to support their findings. The children will also study living things and their habitats. Investigating if something was once alive, never alive or dead in addition to studying different habitats such as micro-habitats.


Cultural Capital 

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

  • Visit a transport museum 
  • Travel on a train, ferry and tram 
  • Visit a local church 
  • Interview someone 
  • Plan a Christmas party 
  • Bake a cake
  • Dress up as a superhero 
  • Buy something and checking change 



Reading: Our expectation is that children read at home daily. Please sign their reading records and ensure they are in school every day. We believe children of all ages and abilities benefit from being read to. 


Spelling: We send home a weekly spelling list. Our expectation is that children use a range of strategies to learn them. Please visit our 'Help at Home' page for a copy of the strategies. We recommend that children spend a little time each day practising their spellings. 


Multiplication and division: Again, we will send home a weekly task. However, we recommend that children spend a little time each day practising them. 


English/Maths: 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

  • Make a bug house
  • Design a form of transport that floats 
  • Create a poster on transport 


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


To support our history topic, we will be visiting Birkenhead Transport Museum (travelling by train, ferry and tram). 

During International Week, we will be studying Sierra Leone. (Waterloo is Sierra Leone is home to the little girl we sponsor.)

During anti-bullying week, Year 2 will be taking part in a range of different activities. 

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

We look forward to seeing you at our winter performance.