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Poolsbrook Primary Academy

Primary Academy

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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.


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Welcome to the Autumn term 2. This term we will be exploring conflict in relation to the choices children have to make about their behaviour.

Personal, Social and Emotional Education

This area will focus on making good choices in relation to behaviour. We will explore the reasons children may get into conflict or disputes with each other and the feelings such situations evoke. We will learn to label feelings and discuss how these are okay. We will learn strategies to help resolve disputes in amicable ways. We will think about how to be a good friend.

Communication and  Language

We will have lots of discussions about behaviour, including the behaviour of characters in the story we read.  Children will be encouraged to express their own ideas and opinions as well as learn how to communicate ways to resolve problems.  We will be reading stories related to Superheroes and the battle between good and evil. We will explore new vocabulary in relation to these – see Knowledge Organiser.

Physical Development

This area will focus on making good choices in relation to keeping healthy and safe. We will learn about healthy eating and exercise. We will learn about other ways to keep safe including the PANTS campaign which teaches children about personal safety in relation to their bodies. We will look at ways to keep safe in the local community.

We will continue to develop our muscles to improve pencil control and writing by lots of fine motor and gross motor activities.


We will focus on the stories of Supertato and Superworm. We will study these stories in detail learning to retell them and describe the characters and their actions. 

Letters and Sounds

Nursery will be focusing on discriminating between the sounds of different instruments and making sounds with their bodies..

Reception will continue to learn new sounds from Phase 3 and focus on blending to read and segmenting to spell with words containing sounds from Phase 2 and 3. They will learn tricky words from Phase 2 and Phase 3.


We will begin by learning about 2D shapes – circle, square, rectangle, triangle. Learning the names and words to describe the shape properties. We will then look at patterns.

Reception will continue to use Numberblocks to learn about number 1-5. Learning about one more and one less and simple addition and subtraction facts within 5.

Nursery will use simple number rhymes and practical resources to practise simple counting and learning that quantities change if something is added or taken away. The begin to make simple comparisons learning the language more or fewer.

Understanding the World

We will begin by celebrating Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day, learning about the historical events which led to these occasions.  Later in the term we will celebrate Christmas learning about Christmas celebrations and the Christian beliefs.

In relation to healthy eating and Supertato we will explore vegetables and how they can be changed by cooking and freezing, enabling us to look closely at similarities and differences.

We will explore occupations in which people have chosen to help others.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will look at art activities in relation to the above celebrations. We will explore art linked to our work shape and pattern looking at how different shapes can be used to represent objects. 

We will continue to learn about art by reading the book The Dot and also exploring the work of Kandisnsky.

Modern Foreign Languages

This year all children in school from Reception upwards will be learning French. 'This term we will learn some french words to name colours. We will learn to listen to commands to do different actions such as sit down, run, jump. We will learn to count in French. We will also have a French Day on Wednesday 27th November where we will taste French food and learn about French culture.

Religious Education

The theme this term will be ‘Which stories are special?’  We will learn about stories linked to celebrations of different faiths. We will learn about the Hindu creation story and compare this to the Christian creation story we learned last term. 



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


01246 472540