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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 academic year 2019-2020. We begin with our exciting 'Animal Boogie' topic. Below is an outline of what will be covered in each area of learning.

Personal, Social and Emotional Education

Getting to know each other with games and activities such as Show and Tell.  Learning the classroom routines, expectations, were things are kept and how to look after them. How to look after ourselves and our friends at school in order to ensure everyone is happy and safe.  Beginning to learn about some feelings and how people show these, through exploring characters in stories.

Communication and  Language

Learning how to listen and focus attention during group times and conversations. Listening and responding to simple instructions as we learn new routines.  Learning to listen and respond to others as we ask questions about stories we have read. Learning a range of language to name and describe wild animals (see Knowledge Organiser).

Physical Development

Learning how to hold a pencil for mark making and name writing. Developing gross and fine motor skills through a range of equipment.  Learning to move in different ways by dancing and acting out animal stories.


Our main texts this term will be The Animal Boogie, Rumble in the Jungle, Handa’s Surprise and Giraffes Can’t Dance.  Using these texts we will be learning how to identify main characters events and settings in a story. How to retell a story in sequence using a story map. We will also focus on name recognition (Nursery) and name writing (Reception) and using drawing or writing to communicate linked to child’s current level.

Letters and Sounds

Nursery will be focusing on identifying and imitating environmental sounds such as going on sound walks and taking listening moments.

Reception will begin to link sounds to letters and how to form letters correctly as we start to learn letter sounds following the Dfes Letters and Sounds sequence.


Nursery will focus on learning to recite number names in sequence through singing lots of number rhymes. They will also learn to associate the numerals 1 and 2 with the quantities and learn to begin to make some simple comparisons between 1, 2 or lots of objects.

Reception will be learning to become confident with the numbers 1-5 including recognising, writing, and counting to 5 as well as some simple addition within 5.

Understanding the World

During our ‘Animal Boogie’ topic we will learn to name lots of different wild animals, hopefully addressing some common mistakes young children make such as mixing up a lion and a tiger. We will learn about the different body parts of a range of animals. Compare the animals in terms of behaviour and appearance. During our work on Handa’s Surprise we will explore a little about the African animal habitats and some ways in which our local environment may differ to the Kenyan home of Handa.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children will begin to learn how to use a range of creative equipment we offer in our continuous provision within the classroom. Through our Animal Boogie topic we will learn about how to recreate animals and their patterns using a range of media. We will also use role play, dance and music.

Modern Foreign Languages

This year all children in school from Reception upwards will be learning French. The lessons in early years will be fun and informal involving lots of songs and games. During the first term we will learn some basic French greetings and how to introduce ourselves.

Religious Education

The theme this term will be ‘Which people are special?’  We will explore which people are special to the children and what it means to be a good friend.  We will begin to look at some Christian stories about special people from the bible.



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


01246 472540