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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. 

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


The final summer term will be a very busy one as we prepare children for the next stage in their education. Transition days will take place in early July to help Reception make the move to Year 1 and Nursery children into Reception. We have lots of events planned to help with this such as Stay and Play's and parent meetings. Please ask if you have not received a letter with full details.

Our topic is Under the Sea.  We will be learning about sea creatures and oceans.  A visit to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham has been booked to bring our learning to life.

Personal, Social and Emotional Education

We will continue to find out about how to be a responsible citizen

by learning about pollution in the seas and how we can help reduce plastic waste.

We will also learn about some ways to keep safe. especially during the sunny weather and during the holidays.

Communication and  Language

We will be learning new vocabulary linked to sea creatures. Sharing our experiences of visits to the seaside and learning songs and rhymes about the sea.  We will learn the poems from the book Commotion in the Ocean and experiment with changing them.

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.


Our class story will be The Rainbow Fish.  We will learn to retell the story and identify the key details such as characters, settings and main events.

Reception will be encouraged to write simple sentences based on their own ideas using known phonics and also attempt to write their own version of The Rainbow Fish.


Nursery will continue counting with numbers 1-5. They will also be looking at patterns and 2D shapes and how to use them to make pictures.

Reception will continue to gain confidence with numbers to 20. We will also be working on subtraction, halving and sharing.

Understanding the World

This will link to our sea topic learning about different sea creatures, their names and their features and some of the different seas of the world. 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using music and dance to express ourselves as different sea creatures.

We will use a range of techniques and media to produce art work representing different sea creatures.


Get in touch


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


01246 472540