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Poolsbrook Primary Academy

Fuelling Young Minds for a Brighter Future!


Green Turtles (Y1/2)

Welcome to Green Turtles!

I am very excited to welcome the children back to school into Green Turtle's class and can't wait to see what fantastic learning is going to take place this term. 


Some of you will have now met me but if not, I am Mrs Cowley and I am new to the Poolsbrook team. I feel very honoured to be part of such a wonderful family and will strive to help each and every child achieve their full potential. We are very lucky to have Mrs H, Mrs Richardson and Mrs Seynor working with us in Green Turtles this year too. 


Our Learning Journey

From now until Christmas, we will be focusing our work around answering the enquiry question 'What unites us?' This is a geographical-based enquiry and will see us exploring different parts of the UK, including our local area. We will also be focusing heavily on PSHE, thinking about feelings and how we can help everyone to feel united, as well as developing our historical knowledge of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, both of whom are important when thinking about the United Kingdom.


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

  • The four countries of the UK are England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • The capital cities of countries within the UK are as follows: England – London, Wales – Cardiff, Scotland – Edinburgh and Norther Ireland – Belfast.
  • Human features are made by people and physical features are natural.
  • Having observed the local environment, I can identify one human feature to be the school and one physical feature to be the woods. 
  • Settlements, depending on size, can be classified as a city, town or village.
  • A village is a small settlement, a town is a larger settlement and a city is the largest type of settlement.
  • I can know and recognise the main weather symbols for sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy, stormy, snowy and icy.
  • The four seasons are Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
  • The weather in Spring tends to get warmer but with some rain, in Summer it tends to be hot and sunny, in Autumn it tends to cool down and rain more and in Winter it tends to be cold with some snow and ice.
  • Queen Elizabeth II is the current Queen, the longest reigning monarch and is the head of state for the UK.
  • Queen Victoria is Queen Elizabeth II’s great, great grandmother. She is the second longest reigning monarch and reigned from 1837-1901. 


As well as the above, children will be developing with Design and Technology skills by evaluating existing products, designing a new blanket and then using their sewing skills to create the final product. They will also be exploring narratives, instructions, letters/postcards, poetry, non-chronological reports and scripts as part of their English work and will be focusing on place value and addition/subtraction in Maths.


Regular updates will be posted on our class page and on Dojo so you can see how our learning develops as we work towards answering our enquiry question. At the end of our block of learning, we hope to be able to share with you everything we have learnt in the style of a tea party (Covid restrictions permitting) 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.
  • your child has a named water bottle with them.
  • any jumpers or cardigans are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
  • your child comes to school in their PE kit every Wednesday.