Waterloo Primary School

Where Pupils Shine


Communication and Language 

As we develop our listening skills we will be listening attentively in a range of different situations. We will be listening to others' ideas and responding appropriately. Through conversation and discussion, we will be extending our vocabulary to organise and clarify events and stories. Throughout this term, we will continue to develop our confidence and language skills when speaking in class. 

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


Non-fiction books relating to polar animals. 

Penguin small’ Mick Inkpen 

Lost and found’ Oliver Jeffers 

Penguin’ Polly Dunbar 

The Girl the Bear and the Magic Shoes ‘Julia Donaldson


Non fiction books about space

Man on the Moon: A day in the life of Bob’ Simon Bartram 

Whatever next’ Jill Murphy 

Smeds and Smoos’ Julia Donaldson  

Alien Tea on Planet Zum Zee’ Tony Mitton 


Traditional tales:

The 3 little pigs

Billy Goats Gruff 


Non-fiction books about Dinosaurs 

Dinosaur Roar’ Paul Stickland 

Tyrannosaurus Drip’ Julia Donaldson

Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School’ Ian Whybrow



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 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 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 Spring term are 'Polar Regions', 'Space'  'Traditional Tales' and 'Dinosaurs'.



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 9-15. 


Physical Development and Health and Self-care

During Spring Term we will be discussing the importance of eating a healthy and balanced diet and the importance of exercise and its effect on our bodies. Our PE topics will be gymnastics and multi-skills for games. 


We will be developing our confidence in trying new activities, saying why we like some activities more than others. We will be taking steps to resolve disagreements with other children and finding ways to compromise. We will be talking about how we and others show our feelings and developing the vocabulary needed to express different feelings in different situations. 


Understanding the World

Whilst looking at the Arctic Regions we will discuss the features of our environment and how this differs from the Arctic, including changes in weather. We will look at animals that live in these habitats, and the importance of us being conscious of our environmental impact by discussing and encouraging recycling. We will explore a globe and plot where we live in relation to the Arctic Regions. We will explore freezing and melting and experiment with floating and sinking.


We will look at our Solar System and the planets that are within it, we will learn about and be able to name and talk about the distinctive features of the eight planets. We will discuss gravity and watch videos of Astronauts eating, drinking and brushing their teeth in space. We will learn about and track the phases of the moon by creating a moon diary.


We will explore a range of non-fiction books to find out exciting facts about Dinosaurs. We will discuss what a volcano is and create our volcanic eruptions. 


During the spring term we will discuss a range of celebrations including; Chinese New Year, Mothering Sunday and Easter


Throughout the year we will have access to a range of computing technology, we will continue to play games and write on the interactive whiteboards as well as learning to program the Bee-Bots and a 'Code-a-pillar'. We will play with remote control cars exploring how moving the remote correlates with the movement of the car. We will interact with age-appropriate software on Ipads and use them to take pictures of our work.


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 3D papier mache planets, which we will decorate using appropriate colours and textures. As a class, we will have an Alien Tea Party using our imaginations to become aliens and enjoy some alien delicacies! 


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.


Cultural Capital

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

  • Walk like an astronaut.
  • Visit a local library. 
  • Build a den.



Reading: We expect that children will 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.