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Poolsbrook Primary Academy

Primary Academy


Hello! Welcome to our webpage!


Teacher: Joanna Bennett

Teaching Assistants: Jackie Marsden, Donna Bowley and Charlotte Wilson.


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 number work 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 Friday.  Please remove earrings. 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!


If possible, please provide your child(ren) with wellies, waterproof trousers and a waterproof for outdoor play during the winter months as the outdoor area can become quite muddy. 


This term we are learning about..

Our topic is Down on the Farm. We are learning about farm animals and their homes, what they eat and the farm products they give us. Our main class story is Farmer Duck.

Personal, Social and Emotional Education

We are learning how to be a responsible citizen. We will be discussing why rules are important in school and wider society. What responsibilities children have at school and home. How they can contribute to the wider community by taking care of their rubbish.

Communication, Language and Literacy

We will be learning new vocabulary linked to farm animals such as the names of young animals, male and female animals. We will be reading stories and learning rhymes about farm animals such as Five Little Ducks and Old MacDonald.

Our class story is Farmer Duck so we will be exploring the meaning of new words to describe the movement of the animals.

Physical Development

We will be focusing on letter formation ensuring Reception are forming all letters correctly and Nursery begin to form the letters of their name correctly. Please ask a member of staff if you need any help with this.


Nursery will be focusing on joining in with stories and beginning to retell stories ensuring they can recall the details such as characters, settings and main events.

Reception will be focusing on beginning to write simple sentences based on their own ideas using known phonics.


Nursery will be learning to count with accuracy and recognise with numbers 1-5.

Reception are learning to count, recognise and represent numbers 10-20 and beyond.

Understanding the World

This will link to our farm topic learning about different farm animals, their names, their features, noises and products.  We will also continue to learn about growth in plants as we care for the plants we planted last term.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be doing some drama linked to Farmer Duck and our own stories.

We will be learning about the work of some famous artists and recreating with different media.

Get in touch


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


01246 472540