Scroll to content
School Logo

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 Cowley, who is the class teacher, and Mrs Richardson and Mrs Seynor, who are both teaching assistants.


Our Learning Journey

From now until Easter, we will be focusing our work around answering the enquiry question ‘How has flying changed the world?' This is a historical-based enquiry and will see us learning about the history of flight. We will be enhancing our historical understanding through DT, as we design and make a model plan, through science, as we investigate plane designs and wing shape/length to see the impact on flying, and through geography, as we explore flying across the five oceans to the seven continents.  


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

  • Changes to flight have happened over time and have involved the study of how birds fly.
  • The Mongolfier brothers made the first hot air balloon.
  • People flew for the first time in 1783 in a hot air balloon.
  • Significant individuals including Leonardo Di Vinci have contributed to people being able to fly.
  • George Cayley created the glider, which is an aeroplane without an engine, and the first manned glider flight was in 1853.
  • The first powered aeroplane was called The Wright Flyer.
  • The first powered aeroplane flight was in 1903. It lasted 12 seconds and was carried out by Wilbur and Orville Wright (the Wright brothers).
  • Amelia Earhart flew the Vega across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932 becoming the first woman to fly.
  • Planes continued to develop and were used for spying and dropping bombs during WWII.
  • 1976 saw the fastest aircraft in the world take its first flight (Concorde).
  • Flying allows people to travel quickly to any of the 7 continents in the world which are Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
  • Flying has contributed to travel and trade and the development of technology.
  • Flying has helped us to be able to see the world from above (aerial view).


Children will also gain the knowledge that historians use sources to find out information about the past, with some being more reliable than others, and how geographers use atlases and maps.  


Within English, we will be covering the following genres:

  • Narratives
  • Biographies
  • Newspaper reports
  • Instructions

We will also be continuing to use quality texts to enrich our curriculum and enhance our knowledge and understanding, as well as to develop our love of reading.


Within Maths, Y1 will explore shape before moving on to develop their place value knowledge of increasingly larger numbers and how to add and subtract using these number. Y2 will continue their work on addition and subtraction before moving on to explore money, multiplication and division and shape.


Regular updates will be posted on Seesaw and Dojo so you can see how our learning develops as we work towards answering our enquiry question.

We are hoping to be able to enrich our enquiry with a visit to East Midlands Airport so please keep your eyes peeled as more details will be shared in the not-too-distant future.

Polite reminders

Please ensure your child:

  • arrives at school at 8.45am as learning begins straight away.
  • has their reading book and diary with them every day.
  • has a named water bottle with them every day.
  • has their name clearly labelled in any jumpers or cardigans.
  • comes to school in their PE kit every Wednesday.