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Poolsbrook Primary Academy

Primary Academy

Red pandas

Welcome to Red Pandas webpage


Teachers: Miss Johnston 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Manfredi


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 to learn at home every Friday and they will be tested on these the following week.They will also have maths homework on a Friday to be handed in the following Thursday, if children struggle with any homework they can bring it in and have help to complete it on a Friday lunchtime. 

We are also extremely excited about our new app TT-Rockstars which will improve pupils timestables knowledge and speed. Please encourage your children to play as much as possible at home, there will be a certificate every Friday for the child who has achieved the most points in the week. 


PE is on a Tuesday. 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!

This term swimming is on a Wednesday. Children will need swimming clothing, a towel and goggles are advised. 




This term we are learning about the Stone-Age to Iron-Age time in history therefore  during English lessons we are going to look at the book 'Stig of the dump' by Clive King. We will be investigating the features and writing our own adventure stories and newspaper reports based upon this topic. 



In maths, we are working really hard to learn all of our times tables. We are also looking at fractions, fractions of a whole number, equivalent fractions,adding and subtracting fractions, tenths, hundredths and converting these to decimals. 

Wider Curriculum.

In science we are looking at, Rocks, fossils and soil. This involves exploring how rocks are made both naturally and man made, investigating the different properties of rocks, investigating how fossils are formed and Mary Annings work on fossils, the processes of making soils and which animals help to make compost.  


 For this half term our core theme is changes. We will be looking at what changes we have experienced in our lives and exploring the different emotions that occur with these changes, we are also  going to look at the beginning and ending of life and the changes in-between focusing on the positive aspects of this. 


Our Topic this term is Stone-Age to Iron-Age. 

As part of the topic, we are looking at: placing historical figures and artefacts from this period in time on a timeline, looking at the changes and differences that occurred in this time period which affected everyday life, tools, housing, clothing, hunting and farming, Skara Brae and Stonehenge. 


Get in touch


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


01246 472540