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 6 will explain how the choices they make can have an impact on people in their immediate community and globally.  They will compare and contrast their own wants and needs with others linking this to universal rights and responsibilities that we share.  Children will explain why empathising with others is important when considering the choices that they and others make.  


In Autumn 2 our whole school theme is 'Celebrating Differences'.  Children will explain ways in which different (cultures, beliefs or lifestyles) can be a source of conflict or a cause for celebration.  They will show empathy with people in these situations.  


Children will be sharing, 'Aladdin,' by Philip Pullman. Through this text, they will explore story narrative, specifically looking at how the author uses vocabulary to create interesting settings. They will analyse the use of vocabulary, grammatical structures and techniques to describe characters and settings. 


Through Roald Dahl's, "George's Marvellous Medicine", children explore techniques for writing instructions. Children will analyse the author's use of vocabulary, description and instructional language to create their own instructions. 


Through the use of the picture book "Unspoken: A story from the Underground Railroad," by Henry Cole, children will create a diary for the girl in the text. This book has links to history that they will study this term.


Through looking at various non fiction books and other non-fiction materials, children will analyse the features of non fiction reports such as headings, subheadings, paragraphs and writing in the present tense. Children will then use this to create their own non-chronological report linked to science.


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 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)

Pieces of writing taught in English lessons along with grammar focus (plan, draft, write, edit)...


Through 'Aladdin,' by Philip Pullman children will write their own part of the story focusing on when Aladdin enters the cave. Children will learn SPaG elements such as when to use commas, different word clauses, the subjunctive, the difference between phrases and clauses and the use of expanded noun phrases. 


Using ‘Unspoken’ as stimulus, children will plan, write and edit their own diary entries in role as a character from the text. Children will learn how to use different sentence types and question tags, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, the use of ellipsis, hyphens and parenthesis and the use of progressive and perfect tenses. Students will be encouraged to include these in their writing. 


When reading Roald Dahl's "George's Marvellous Medicine",  we will learn and apply prepositions as well as using the features of instructions, such as bullet points and modal verbs to write their own set of instructions for a medicine they design.


Throughout lessons, children are supported and encouraged to reread and improve their own work, 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 and SPaG taught at year 6.


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 concrete materials, moving to visuals and then to abstract calculations. Children will revisit and build on their understanding of place value, the four operations of maths (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), fractions and position and direction.


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. 


Explore/life and works of...


Apply skills to...

Evaluate and refine 



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

Explore examples of...research... 











In History we will begin by revising timelines and plotting the time periods studied throughout the children's time in school (Stone age - WWII). Children will also be exploring the period of the Kingdom of Benin. We will then learn about the Obas and the political structure of the Benin Kingdom. Through research children will explore and learn what made the Benin Kingdom successful focusing on trading and the slave trade. They will also look to answer questions such as: What did the Benin have to offer foreign traders? Who produced the goods or produce that the Benin Kingdom traded with? Who did the Kingdom of Benin trade with? What currency did the Kingdom of Benin trade with? The children will learn about the Slave Trade and links with Liverpool and Africa through a visit to the "Liverpool Slavery Museum". Back in school children consider how the Kingdom of Benin became part of the British Empire and debate reasons why Britain should or should not keep artefacts taken from the kingdom at the time. Children will know that Benin bleonged to the British Empire until 1960.



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Religious Education 








Cultural Capital 

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





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 


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