Waterloo Primary School

Where Pupils Shine


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

In Spring 1 our whole school theme is ‘Dreams and Goals’.

During this unit of work the children will talk about a challenge that they have succeeded in and how they have celebrated this.  They will be identifying the steps that they took to help them to succeed in their new challenge and will explore and describe how they felt about their success.  The children will choose how to celebrate their success and will identify how to store it in their internal treasure chest.


In Spring 2 our whole school theme is ‘Healthy Me’.  During this unit of work the

children will recognise that healthy choices make them feel good about themselves

and will discuss how being healthy helps them to feel happy.  The children will

learn about their body being special and how they can take care of it.  They will be

able to talk about ways to keep their body safe and healthy, and some things that

might harm it.  The children will be able to identify people that they can go to for help if they feel unsafe. 

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)

We will continue to use the Pie Corbett approach when sharing, sequencing and retelling: 'The Tree Little Pigs,' 'Hansel and Gretel,' 'Goldilocks,' and 'The Gruffalo'. 

We will continue to focus on full stops and capital letters. We will be teaching children to use question marks and exclamation marks. We will also be expanding sentences, using the conjunction 'and'. 

When writing, we expect to see children applying their phonics learning and their correct letter formation. We will go on a Gruffalo hunt in in the forest and children will will a recount of their trip. 

Following each piece of writing, children will be reading their sentences back and will begin to use purple pen to correct some of their errors. 

In addition to this, children will be read to. Some of the stories children will hear again and again are: 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' 'Have you Seen My Cat?' and  'Farmer Duck'. 



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 and Autumn term.

We will begin the term by looking at addition and subtraction with numbers 0-20. Children will then focus on the place value of numbers 0-50 which includes counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

To end Spring term, children will look at measurement. They will look at length, height, weight and volume.


We expect children to be counting both forwards and backwards at home as much as possible to become secure with their numbers 0-50. We would also like children to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. An educational but entertaining resource you could use to help with this at home is Numberblocks 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 Spring, we will discover all about LS Lowry learning about his work on landscapes. This will involve identifying and mixing primary colours and then creating background pictures focusing on perspective. Furthermore, children will explore ways to make model houses using a range of materials.



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

Children will engage in the Safer Internet Day. They will also develop understanding of the rules outlined by the school’s acceptable use policy. Children will understand how to keep information private and why it is important. They will understand what information is acceptable to share if they wish to. They will also learn what information is unacceptable to share and who to speak to if they encounter a problem.

Through Bee-Bots, children will understand that an algorithm is steps to follow to achieve a task. They will be taught how to write a simple one in order to direct a robot from one location to another. This links to their mathematical understanding of positioning and direction.


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


Design & Technology

During Spring, we will learn about a wide range of puppets. We will make various puppets and evaluate our work. We will share stories through a puppet show.



Our geography this term is all about where we live. Children will learn that we live in England and locate this on a map. Children will then do the same for Liverpool, the United Kingdom and Europe. Children will learn the countries and capital cities of the UK and be able to locate these on a map.

We will then move on to describing our local environment using geographical vocabulary linked to human features. We will visit Delamere forest to follow a route map of an unknown area.



During our Spring term, children will be looking at toys and technology from the past and present day. Children will be sorting toys and technology into the categories old and new and will also debate which is better and why.

Children will study Alexander Graham Bell and look at how he changes our lives. They will discuss the invention of the telephone and place different telephones in chronological order.


Children will sing along to, evaluate and use various instruments for songs they have heard. They will consider musical language such as pitch.

Physical Education 

In outdoor PE, children will be practising fundamental skills. They will also develop skills in basic gymnastics and practise different kinds of dances in indoor PE.

 We will begin the term by studying Christianity. Children will be learning about how Christians see God as the creator and loving Father.

They will consider things that are special to them for different reasons and will learn how the bible is a special book for Christians and the Torah is a special book for Jews. we will visit a local church to look at some examples of religious symbols. 

We will be learning about different Christian and Jewish symbols and will be revisiting the Easter story. 



In Science, we will continue to explore the different seasons, notably, the change from Winter to Spring. We will also study materials and become more understanding of scientific terminology such as transparent and opaque. We will predict and investigate which materials are more useful in different scenarios by conducting scientific experiments.


Cultural Capital 

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

  • Visit elderly people in our community 
  • Follow a route map (Gruffalo trail) 
  • Visit a forest 
  • Create a piece of artwork for an exhibition 
  • Perform in front of class (using puppets) 
  • Learn a new game 
  • Perform a dance 
  • Make a mask
  • Produce a comic strip 
  • Visit a museum


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 0-50. Children should also count in 2s, 5s and 10s.


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 map of your bedroom (Geography)
  • Creating a treasure chest about yourself (PSHE)
  • 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. 


We will be going on a Gruffalo hunt at Delamere forest. This will support our writing and provide us with an opportunity to develop our map reading skills. 

We will be visiting a museum to help us understand how toys have changed since elderly people were children. 

We will be looking at human and physical features as we take a walk around our local area. 

We will visit a local church to look at some religious symbols.