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Poolsbrook Primary Academy

Primary Academy

Purple frogs

Hello! Welcome to our webpage!


Teacher: Joanna Bennett

Teaching Assistants: Jackie Marsden, Charlotte Wilson, Jill Saynor.


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. 

In the warmer weather please apply sun cream before coming to school and provide sun hats/caps.


Welcome to Spring Term 2. This term our topic is Me, Myself and I.  We will be learning about ourselves, our bodies and how people grow and change as they get older.

Personal, Social and Emotional Education

In this area we will explore the feeling of fear in more detail and talk about why people may get scared and what children can do if they ever feel scared or worried.  We will be finding out about individual differences and learning to recognise ways in which each child is special. We will conduct lots of surveys to find out about preferences.

Communication and  Language

We will learn vocabulary linked to growth and development of humans. We will learn words to name body parts and linked to physical characteristics.

Our main texts are Funnybones and Elmer. We will learn specific language linked to these – see our Knowledge Organiser.

Physical Development

This area of the curriculum will focus on developing physical skills for writing.

Reception will begin to learn pre-cursive letter formation. This will become part of homework, please ask if you would like any more information on this.

Nursery will focus on big movements and making patterns to help get ready for writing.

We will also be setting up a loose parts area outdoors to help develop gross motor skills. Please take a look and let us know if you may be able to donate any useful resources.


The main stories we will read are Funnybones and Elmer. Story telling will be used to excite the children about our learning and they will be encouraged to begin to retell these familiar stories independently. Sharing these stories at home would be really beneficial.

We will study these stories in detail learning to retell them and describe the characters and their actions. We will learn to retell stories by making our own story maps to help.

Linking to work in phonics Reception will begin to read and write simple sentences and captions,

Letters and Sounds

Nursery will be working on rhythm and rhyme. They will sing lots of rhymes and read rhyming stories.  They will be encouraged to recognise rhyming words through simple games. Talking about rhyming words at home would help them.

Reception will focus on embedding phonemes from Phase 3, learn new tricky words and continue to practise reading and writing captions. 


Reception will continue to work on adding and subtracting and being able to say the number which is one more or one less. They will learn about 3D shapes - cube, cuboid, cone, sphere, cylinder.

Nursery will focus on learning to use the words more and fewer to compare quantities. They will begin to learn the shapes circle, square, triangle, looking for these shapes in the environment. 

Understanding the World

In this area of the curriculum we will spend time looking at the human body, learning about bones, organs and how the body changes as we grow.

We will look at similarities and differences between people including physical characteristics and likes and dislikes.

Expressive Arts and Design

In this area of the curriculum we will be making a range of art and models linked to the body, including some Picasso style self-portraits.

Modern Foreign Languages

This year all children in school from Reception upwards will be learning French. 'This term we will learn rainbow colours, Mothers Day song and Easter song.

We will also have an German Day on Friday 13th March.

Religious Education


is term we will begin to learn about Islamic religion. Learn about some Christain stories about Jesus and why Easter is a special time for Christians.



Get in touch


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


01246 472540