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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 Miss Dunkley, who is the class teacher, and Mrs Richardson, Mrs Marsden and Miss Wilson, who are teaching assistants.


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 Friday.
  • completes their weekly homework which will be set every Friday.

Our Learning Journey

From now until Christmas, we will be focusing our work around answering the enquiry question ‘What makes a community content?' This is a geographical-based enquiry and will see us learning about communities in Derbyshire and in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. We will be enhancing our geographical understanding through RE, as we learn about different religions including: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In addition to this, we will enhancing our learning through PSHE where we will be learning about what makes us special as individuals and how to respect and be tolerant of diversity. 


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, year 1 will explore place value, addition and subtraction within 10. We will also begin to explore 2D and 3D shapes by naming them and sorting them based on their properties. Year 2 will be learning place value, addition and subtraction within 100. 


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 Staveley Methodist Church where will can see a place of worship in the local community. 


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.