Waterloo Primary School

Where Pupils Shine


Communication and Language 

When listening to a story, we will focus on accurately anticipating key events and responding with relevant comments. We will encourage the children to follow more complex instructions and respond to ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions appropriately. We will support the children to use past, present and future tenses appropriately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. 


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


Farmer Duck’ Martin Waddell

What the Ladybird Heard’ Julia Donaldson

Humpty dumpty 

Little Lumpty’ Miko Imai


The tiny seed’ Eric Carle

Jack and Beanstalk

Muncha Muncha Muncha’ Candace Fleming 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Eric Carle  

Non fiction books about plants and life cycles 


Fiction and non-fiction books about the seaside and animals. 

Snail and the Whale’ Julia Donaldson 

Billy’s Bucket’ Kes Grey 

Commotion in the Ocean’ Giles Andreae 

The Rainbow Fish’ Marcus Pfister 

Ten Little Pirates’ Mike Brownlow 


Monkey Puzzle’ Julia Donaldson 

Giraffes Can't Dance’ Giles Andreae 

Handas Surprise’ Eileen Browne 

Rumble in the Jungle’ Giles Andreae 

Non-fiction books about safari animals.




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 Summer term are 'Farm', 'Life Cycles', 'The Seaside and Pirates' and 'Safari Animals'. 



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 16-20 and consolidate our knowledge and understanding of previous numbers and shape space and measure concepts.


Physical Development and Health and Self-care

We will be supporting the children as they develop good control in large movements by using a variety of PE equipment. We will focus specifically on fine motor movements to support the formation of letters in accordance with the school's handwriting policy. The children will further understand the importance of physical exercise and talk about ways to keep themselves healthy and safe. Our PE topics will be dance and multi-skills for games, we will also be preparing for sports day. 



We will be working on initiating conversations with others and attending to what others say and asking appropriate questions and responding appropriately. We will encourage the children to describe themselves in positive terms and talk about their strengths, abilities and successes. Throughout this term, we will be working on recognising different problems and the ability to face these in a range of ways to find solutions. We will prepare the children for the transition between reception and year one. 


Understanding the World

We will explore a range of non-fiction books to find out about the life cycles of farm animals and plants. We will investigate the habitats of different animals and insects. We will revisit a globe and discuss how much of it is water and why it is important to keep plastic out of the oceans. 


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 programming the Bee-Bots and a 'Code-a-pillar'. We will interact with age-appropriate software on Ipads and use them to take pictures of our work. Teachers will model the use of search engines to find out information and we will learn to use the keyboard to add our own names to pictures made on the computer. 


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. 


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: 

  • Visit a farm.
  • Pick fruit at the farm.
  • Have class caterpillars.
  • Have visit from a beekeeper.
  • Walk along the beach barefoot.
  • 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 age-appropriate homework related to either Maths or Literacy. 



During the summer term, we have a range of exciting visits and events planned. The children will be visited by a bee-keeper who will teach them all about the importance of bees. The classes will have their own set of caterpillars which we will observe as they transform into butterflies. We will visit a farm to learn all about animals and their life cycles. We will also have an end of year class trip to Knowsley Safari Park.