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Poolsbrook Primary Academy

Primary Academy

Blue Whales

Welcome to Blue Whales' webpage


Teacher: Becky Dunkley

Teaching Assistant: Sue O'Neill

The start of the new academic year is here! We are looking forward to getting started - we have a very exciting year ahead of us. 


We ask that you hear your child read at least 3 times a week. This is recorded on a chart in class and rewards are distributed every half term. Reading is a vital skill on which much of their other learning rests, and regular reading at home makes a huge difference in the classroom. If you would like any support or advice on helping your child with their reading, please come in either before or after school see your child's teacher.

Children will receive spellings and times tables to learn at home every Friday and they will be tested on these the following week.


PE is on a Thursday. Children will need a plain white t-shirt, plain black or grey shorts or tracksuit bottoms, and plimsolls or trainers. Please leave their P.E. kit in school when possible because P.E. times may sometimes change. Please write your child's name in all of their kit!




In English we will be writing: non-chronological report, informal letter and a diary entry. All of these pieces will be linked to our class story which is 'Journey to the River Sea' by Iva Ibbotson. This is a fantastic adventure story which follows the life of an orphan girl called Maia and she is sent to live with her relatives in Brazil. 



This half term children will be looking closely at place value and number this consists of: rounding, comparing and ordering numbers and Roman Numerals. At this point of their educational journey it is expected that children know and can recall their multiplication facts.


As part of our science topic, this half term, we are learning light and dark. hey extend this understanding by learning about how light travels in straight lines. They will learn how we see, by understanding light travels from the light source to an object and then reflects to our eyes. Children consider why shadows have the same shape as the object that made them. Children will also explore rainbows, colours in bubbles and light appearing to bend in water.This is an interesting unit of work will children will be develop their scientific investigation skills.

Other Subjects

In PSHE children will be studying the module 'Drug Education' this includes: alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, sugar and influences from social media and peers. In Art and Design, we are studying Henri Rousseau as many of his art work is inspired by rainforests. Children will deepen their understanding of how to record and sketch observations using pencil. In RE we will be considering 'commitment' and what that means to people from different religions. In addition to this, our new and exciting topic this half term is the 'Rainforests, Under Threat!'. The children are passionate about learning about the environment and the damage that is happening around the world.  

Please find the Autumn 1 curriculum overview for parents attached below for further information. 

Get in touch


Cottage Close, Poolsbrook, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 3LF


01246 472540