Waterloo Primary School

Where Pupils Shine


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

In Spring 1 our whole school theme is 'Dreams and Goals'.  Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of themselves, others and the world around them.  They will plan and set new goals even after a disappointment, focusing on positive ways to achieve their targets.  Children will analyse what went wrong, using these experiences to make new plans to avoid similar obstacles.  Children will explain what it meas to be resilient and to have a positive attitude.  They will be able to explain why being resilient/ having a positive attitude cotributes to having greater chance of success.  


In Spring 2 our theme is 'Healthy Me'.  Pupils will recognise when people are putting them under pressure and can explain ways to resist this then they want to.  They will explore ways to keep their minds and bodies healthy including identifying feelings of anxiety and fear associated with peer pressure.  Children will know how to manage these feelings to help them to make safe and healthy choices.  In Year 4 pupils will develop what they know about water safety and why it is important.


English texts taught including grammar focus will include:

The Gods of Ancient Greece

Pandora's box

Seed dispersal

Life Cycle

Hindu Gods


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)

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


We will be exploring 'Charlie and the Chocolate factory' and using it to create our descriptive writing, creating their own room for the factory.  For this piece of writing, pupils will be finding ways to develop their vocabulary to aid sentence structure. 


Reading 'Zoo', the children will be encouraged to discuss and express their thoughts and opinions on animals in captivity.  They will use their own research to plan and structure a persuasive piece of writing.  


Using 'The Magic Finger' as a stimulus, children produce their own chapter for the text. In this piece of writing, children are expected to apply their understanding of expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, inverted commas for speech and apostrophes for possession.  


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...

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 area, fractions and decimals. 


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. 


During our Art lessons, children will have the opportunity to develop their creative skills through sculpture using recycled materials.  They will develop their design, thinking about structure, applying skills and techniques to their finished piece.  They will then have the opportunity to look back at their work, evaluate and then refine by finding ways to improve. 



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

To recognise 'Safer internet day', the children will be learning of the importance of keeping their information secure, keeping passwords private.  We will discuss different ways in which we could report any concerns we might have involving the internet.



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


Design & Technology

Pupils will be designing and then creating their own electronic game.  They will make use of the skills developed during science lessons on electricity to plan a simple circuit.  Children will work alongside their peers to create their designs, making adaptations where necessary.  They will spend time, testing their game and then evaluating its effectiveness, thinking about how they could develop it further.  



During our geography lessons, the children will be looking at comparing the localities of Liverpool and Chester.  They will be developing their map reading skills, with focus on landmarks, rivers and co-ordinates.    



To continue our British history timeline, we will carry on from the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons.  We will look at when, why and where they came from.  We will be focusing on how the Anglo-Saxons impacted on the country.



Physical Education 


Religious Education 

During the first half term, children will be studying Judaism and learning about the significance of a number of Jewish celebrations and traditions. Children will look at the story of the first Passover (Pesach) and consider how many Jewish people observe this major Jewish holiday.  

During the run up to Easter, we will be studying Christianity. Children will recap on the Easter story and consider its significance for many Christians around the world. We will be comparing the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and identifying differences in accounts of the Easter story. 



Our first science topic for the spring term will be 'living things and their habitats'. Children will recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways, and will explore the use of classification keys to identify and group a range of living things, from their local and wider environment. We will discuss how changes to the environment can pose dangers for living things and their habitats. 

After half term, we will focus on animals, including humans. Children will study the digestive system and explore the simple functions of key parts. We will then look at teeth, identifying the different types of human teeth and their basic functions. During science lessons, children will be constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey. 



During the spring term, children will be continuing to develop their Spanish speaking, writing, listening and reading skills. We will be exploring the structure of a range of negative sentences and focusing on the use of punctuation for questions. 

In addition, we will be naming a variety of clothing types and children will be encouraged to describe these using colours previously taught. 

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 

  • Create a piece of work inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This could be a description, short story, picture or model based on your factory room.
  • Create a Viking project, based on information gathered from independent research. 
  • Create a piece of work inspired by the water cycle. This could take the form of an information text, poster, poem or model.


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