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 children will compare their life with other people in our country.  They will explain why they have rules, rights and responsibilities to try and make the school and the wider community a fair place.  Children will explain how the actions of one person can affect another and can give examples of this from school and a wider community context.  They will explain why rights and responsibilities contribute to making groups effective.  


In Autumn 2 our theme is 'Celebrating Differences'.  Children will explain the differences between direct and indirect types of bullying, offering a range of strategies to help themselves and others if they become involved (directly or indirectly) in a bullying situation.  Children will explain why racism and other forms of discrimination are unkind, expressing how they feel about discriminatory behaviour.  They will be able to suggest why some people are the victims of bullying / discrimination and why respect is an important value.   


Children will be sharing, ‘George’s Secret Key to the Universe,' by Lucy and Stephen Hawking. This text will support their understanding of Earth and Space, which is their Science topic for the term. They will analyse the authors’ use of vocabulary, grammatical structures and techniques to describe characters and settings, including using speech to portray characters.


During school's 'International Week', Year 5 will study Brazil. They will read and analyse a range of persuasive texts, analysing features and structures used by different authors. 


Whilst reading, A Christmas Carol,' by Charles Dickens, children will further explore the features of a narrative. They will further analyse the author's use of vocabulary, grammatical structures and techniques to describe characters and settings. This will support with their upcoming History topic of Victorians.

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 will provide children with opportunities to embed and deepen their learning from the wider curriculum. 


Additionally, children will vote for their preferred class novel, this will provide children with the opportunity to relax and enjoy being read to at the end of each day.


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

Writing (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)

Using ‘George’s Secret Key to Universe’ as a stimulus, children will plan, write and edit their own narratives describing characters and settings. Children will consolidate their learning of how to correctly use and punctuate speech and fronted adverbials. They will also be encouraged to begin to use modal verbs to indicate degrees of possibility.


Following our residential at Colomendy, children will plan, write and edit their own recounts. They will learn to indicate degrees of possibility using adverbs [for example, perhaps, surely] and will begin to embed adverbs of time within sentences, rather than solely as sentence openers. They will be expected to apply these features to their writing.


Using the story of A Christmas Carol as a stimulus, children will plan, write and edit their own narratives. Children will learn how to use and punctuate relative clauses and will be encouraged to demonstrate this in their stories. 


During International Week, children will plan, write and edit their own persuasive texts about Brazil. Our expectation is that they will apply the layout and structures they have experienced and discussed through their reading. 


Throughout lessons, children are supported and encourage to reread and improve their own work by accessing texts, dictionaries, thesaurus, handwriting strips and word banks. Our expectation is that children independently proof read for spellings, full stops, capital letters, apostrophes, exclamation marks and question marks. 


Handwriting will be taught regularly and children will be supported to develop a neat cursive style. 

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 the CPA (concrete materials, pictorial scaffolds and abstract calculations) approach in a non-linear fashion. Children will revisit and build on their understanding of place value, addition and subtraction, statistics, multiplication and division and area and perimeter. 


Enhancing knowledge different mathematical concepts is a focus for us throughout the school year. Please support your child with their biweekly maths homework, developing their instant recall. 


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


 - Explore/life and works of Hans Holbein 

 - Develop skills using paint and layering of materials to create a space scene on canvas 

 - Evaluate and refine drawing techniques in sketch books 


In Year 5, pupils will be asked to create a spreadsheet to investigate a real life problem. 


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. 


Design & Technology

The children will design and make a prototype of a textile shopper bag. We will then develop skills in cutting material and stitching, which will then lead to producing and evaluating our own shopping bags to be used again and again instead of single use carrier bags. 


In autumn, Year 5 focus on:

 - Building on map skills from Year 4, by progressing to 6 figure grid references 

 - Longitude/latitude/tropics

 - Chile, South America 

 - Physical/man made features

 - Prime Greenwich meridian

 - The Arctic and the Arctic circle  


In Autumn, Year 5 focus on the Tudors and learn about 

 - Use dates to order and place events on a timeline

 - Crime and Punishment 

 - Learn about Henry VIII's wives and the Church of England 

- Role play the Battle Bosworth

- Create a Tudor 'Come dine with me' menu to entertain guests at court 



Physical Education 


Religious Education 

Children are invited engage in the emotional and intellectual connections with the stories of different religions. 

Autumn 1 - Christianity and pilgrimages 

Autumn 2 - Islam and Muslim customs 


During our study of Earth and Space, children will learn about dangers and how to keep themselves others safe. Children will identify common appliances that run on electricity, at home, in school and in the community. They will investigate the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system and describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth. Additionally, they will identify and analyse scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute the idea that the Sun, Earth and Moon are approximately spherical bodies, whilst also using the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.



Children will revisit and build on their learning from Years 3 and 4. They will learn how to describe their likes and dislikes, giving reasons, with a focus on. They will develop their understanding of grammar when speaking, listening, reading and writing. Additionally, they will learn and perform a Christmas carol in Spanish.

Cultural Capital 

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

  • Learn how to knit
  • Learn how to sew on a button 
  • Look up at the stars on a clear night 
  • Spend a night away from home 



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 

Autumn - Space project. Your only limit is your imagination!

It is totally up to you how you present this. Perhaps you could…

  • Design a poster with lots of interesting facts
  • Focus on one particular planet
  • Make a presentation on the computer
  • Create a diorama (a model representing a scene with three-dimensional figures)


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


We are all excited for our residential trip to Colomendy.

To support our history and art work, we will visit The Walker Art Gallery.