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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 the Spring term 1. This term we will be learning about our local area of Chesterfield and Derbyshire..

Personal, Social and Emotional Education

This term we will be thinking about our own likes and dislikes in relation to the things we experience at school. We will continue to explore feeling using the story The Colour Monster and look at the feelings of happy, sad, anger, scared, calm in more detail.

Communication and  Language

We will be learning vocabulary linked to the stories of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Also, vocabulary to help us talk about geographical features of the environment.

We will be providing lots of opportunities to talk in small groups and listen to peer’s ideas in order to develop conversations and length of sentences when speaking. Please encourage your child to speak in sentences to support with this.

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 The Three Billy Goats Gruff and We’re Going On A Bear Hunt. 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.

As the stories have rural settings we can link to our local area of rural Derbyshire.

 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 body percussion sounds which will involve making sounds with different parts of the body, copying sounds, talking about sounds and making sequences of sounds.

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


Reception will continue to use Numberblocks to learn about numbers 6-10. We will do simple addition and subtraction facts within 10.

Nursery will focus on reciting number names to 10 and beyond. We will practise simple counting up to 1, 2 or 3 objects.  We will learn to use the words more and fewer to compare quantities.

Understanding the World

In this area of the curriculum we will spend time looking at pictures, maps and satellite images to find out about what it is like in the local area around Chesterfield and Derbyshire. We will compare the geographical features of rural and urban areas and talk about own likes/dislikes in relation to these. We will learn how to make simple maps of our immediate area.

Expressive Arts and Design

In this area of the curriculum we will be looking carefully at our work and learning about ways to improve it as we draw pictures and then make models of the Crooked Spire and the local area. We will create a topic display representing key landmarks around Chesterfield.

Modern Foreign Languages

This year all children in school from Reception upwards will be learning French. 'This term we will learn days of the week and months of the year.

We will also have an Italian Day on Thursday 30th January where we will taste Italian food and learn about Italian culture.

Religious Education

The theme this term will be ‘Which places are special?’  We will learn about places of worship for Christians and how Christian worship takes place. We will begin to learn about Islam and special stories/places of worship for Muslims.



Get in touch


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


01246 472540