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Poolsbrook Primary Academy

Primary Academy

Class 1

Hello! Welcome to our webpage!


Teacher:Dawn Hudson

Teaching Assistant: Rob Williams


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.

Brain Builders' Homework

Every 3/4 weeks the whole school sets 'Brain Builder's Homework'. This includes a variety of activities that we would like you to help your child/ren with. This homework is celebrated in assemblies and parents will be asked to come and join us. 


PE is on a Wednesday afternoon, 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 their kit!



Our topic this half term is ‘Why do we love to be beside the seaside?’


We are linking our English work to our class topic through the stories Billy’s Bucket and The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. We will be: writing persuasive letters, designing the perfect birthday gift and sandwich, creating adverts and instructions, discovering about the world under the sea, seagulls and sandwiches!  While also finding out all about: lighthouses, shipwrecks, rescues at sea and Grace Darling.



Year 1 Maths 

This half term year one are continuing to learn all about different measurements, through weight and mass: understanding how to read and use balance scales to develop understanding of heavier, lighter and equal to. The children will get the opportunity to explore capacity and learn about full, nearly full and empty.  While also working on their understanding of place value and knowledge of numbers to 100.

Year 2 Maths 

This half term year two are learning all about counting in 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s and using this knowledge of counting in different amounts to explore statistics and data. The children will learn to interpret tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams to analyse data. Before moving onto to read scales on different pieces of measuring equipment.  

Big Maths, Beat That Brain Boxes!

Every week in our Big Maths tests we get the chance to practice our arithmetic skills using our number bonds to 10 and 20 and show what we have remembered from our Supermovers counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10, with the challenge to beat our previous weeks score.





In science we are learning all about plants. We will use observational drawings to investigate the different parts of a plant and reconstruct real plants. We will compare the differences between seeds and bulbs, plant seeds and bulbs and explore what they need to grow, testing plants in different growing conditions.

We will also be investigating the question – Can you eat plants? Looking at what makes a healthy lunch and designing the Lighthouse Keeper a perfect picnic meal.

Wider Curriculum 

Through our Rainbow challenges we will also be:

In computer studies developing our ICT skills and using technology to create images of a shell, adding images to create a postcard and programming to write code to make a fish swim. In art, we will be creating sand art patterns in the style of André Amador and in geography we will be looking at the similarities and differences between a seaside town and a Derbyshire village.

Through our PSHE focus being healthy we will learn all about the importance of sleep food, exercise and taking time to relax. We will make up a hand washing song and try to encourage an alien to brush their teeth

Get in touch


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


01246 472540