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Poolsbrook Primary Academy

Fuelling Young Minds for a Brighter Future!


Green Turtles (Y1/2)

Welcome to Green Turtles!

We are the wonderful year 1 and year 2 class at Poolsbrook Primary Academy and we pride ourselves on demonstrating our school values of being safe, being respectful and aiming high. Within Green Turtles’ class, there is Mrs Holland, who is the class teacher, and Mrs O'Neill,  Mrs Marsden and Miss Wilson, who are teaching assistants.


Polite Reminders

Please ensure your child:

  • arrives at school at 8.35am 
  • has their reading book and diary with them every day.
  • has a water bottle with them every day.
  • has their name clearly labelled in any uniform.
  • comes to school in their PE kit every Wednesday and Friday.

Our Learning Journey

For the summer term, we will be focusing our work around answering the enquiry question ‘What influences expression?' This is a creative enquiry based around art and design. It will see us learning about different artists such as: Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Kelvin Okafor. We will explore different drawing techniques with fine and broad media. In addition to this, we will be enhancing our learning by exploring significant individuals in history such as: Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. We will learn about what influenced them to express themselves and how this has made a significant change within society. Futhermore, we will be exploring big feelings and how we can express ourselves when we are trying to mange these.



In English this term, we will be learning to write the following genres:

  • Narrative 

  • Autobiography

  • Explanation

  • Poem




In June year 1 children will complete a phonics screening check which is a statutory assessment. The check contains 40 words divided into two sections of 20 words. Both sections contain a mixture of real words and pseudo-words. Pseduo-words are words that are phonically decodable but are not actual words with an associated meaning. It will help your child to become a fluent reader if they read lots at home.


Children will be bringing home two books; one book will be matched to their reading/comprehension ability and one will be a book they have chosen to read for pleasure. The book for pleasure will be borrowed from our school library and will only be able to be swapped once it has been returned. We will aim to swap reading for pleasure books weekly as part of our visit to the in-school library. Please note, the book chosen for pleasure may be above the reading ability of your child so we would encourage you to enjoy sharing this book alongside your child. The book matched to your child's reading ability will be changed as and when your child has finished reading it. 




Year 1 children will be focussing upon skip counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. This is an important step of learning which will help them with their multiplication facts in year 2. We will also begin to understand fractions and numbers up to 100. Furthermore, we will begin to start telling the time to the hour and half past - extra practice at home would help children to be able to tell the time accurately. 


Year 2 children will be focussing on: fractions; telling the time; statistics and position and direction. At the end of this term, children should know their times table facts and are encouraged to use TT Rockstars 3 times a week.



As part of this enquiry, we intend for children to learn and retain the following knowledge:

 Number Facts

Below is a table which outlines the key number facts that children will be learning in Key Stage 1. The children should be able to rapidly recall these number facts. 

Look at some of our learning experiences!