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Waterloo Primary School

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Spring

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

In Spring 1 our whole school theme is 'Dreams and Goals'.  Children will compare their hopes and dreams with those of young people from different cultures.  They will reflect on the hopes and dreams of young people from another culture and explain how this make them feel.  Children will discuss their dreams and goals and talk about their feelings.  

 

In Spring 2 our whole school theme is 'Healthy Me'.  Children will explain the different roles that food and substances can play in people's lives.  They will explain how people can develop eating problems (disorders) relating to body image pressures and how smoking and alcohol misuse is unhealthy.  They can summarise different ways that they respect and value their body. 

Reading

English texts taught including grammar focus... 

 

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)...

 

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. 

 

Maths

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... 

 

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. 

Art

Explore/life and works of...

Develop...skills 

Apply skills to...

Evaluate and refine 

 

Computing

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... 

Design

Prototype 

Develop...skills 

Produce...

evaluate 

 

Geography

 

 

History

 

Music

 

Physical Education 

 

Religious Education 

 

 

Science

 

 

Spanish 

 

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 
  • experience a Victorian themed day 
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Homework 

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 

Choose an aspect of Victorian life to research and present information about: 

  • Victorian school life
  • Children in the workplace
  • Doctor John Barnado
  • Queen Victoria
  • Toys and games
  • Victorian Leisure

 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 aspect of Victorian life and make a presentation on the computer   
  • Produce a fact file
  • Visit a museum and note some interesting facts
  • 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. 

Trips/Events

-To support our history work, children will experience what life was like as a Victorian servant whilst on a trip to Tatton Park.

To support our computing work, we will visit Liverpool Apple Store and learn how to control external hardware from within programmes. 

Once a week, as part of Crosby Age Concern and Waterloo Primary being a Dementia Friendly School , children will have the opportunity to enjoy their lunch with the elderly at St Faith's Church luncheon club.

 

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