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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 year is here! We are looking forward to growing as young people. This year, the year 6 children will be sitting their end of Key Stage 2 standardised assessments. 


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! 


We also attend swimming lessons on Wednesday mornings so please ensure your child/ren has their swimming kit in school. We also advise that children bring a piece of fruit or an alternative healthy snack for afterwards!




In English we will be writing: setting description, persuasive letter, newspaper report and a character description. All of these pieces will be linked to our class story which is called 'Brightstorm' by Vashti Hardy. This is a fantastic adventure story which follows the lives of twins, Arthur and Maudie. Their famous explorer father died am was accused of stealing fuel! The twins don't believe the news and go on  quest fo the truth onboard the ship Aurora. Will the twins prove themselves to the rest of the crew? Will they find the answers that they seek? 


This half term children will be gaining skills and understanding of: multiplication, division, fractions, percentages and decimals. 


As part of our science topic, this half term, we are learning about living things an their habitats. Children should be able too:

• Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.

• Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

• Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics.

• Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.

Other Subjects

In PSHE children will be studying the module 'Money Matters' this includes: debt, saving accounts, banks and career aspirations. In Art and Design, we are going to be mastering using pencil for sketching.  In RE we will be learning about the Christian faith and what how their faith is demonstrated to others and their beliefs. In addition to this, our new and exciting topic this half term is the 'Canada'. In computing, we will be creating our very own travel blog about Canada which grown ups will be able to view at home!

Get in touch


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


01246 472540