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Aspen Class (years 3 and 4)

A message from the class teacher, Mr Whitnell.


With Term 3 done and dusted, we can start thinking about the joys of Spring, and even the approach of Easter. It is also that time to gear ourselves for another term of learning, and it promises to be another packed one!

We will be continuing to investigate the Vikings, where we will be learning all about Viking food, weaving and ships. There will be lots of opportunities for learning the history related to this, as well as chances for the children to get busy learning through art and craft activities. The children have really got stuck into this topic so far; hopefully we can build on what we have learned so far to become experts on the Vikings!

This term we will be focusing on Fractions in Maths. We will be gaining an understanding of fractions – how to read them, how to compare and how to order them. We will also look at how to find equivalent fractions. As with all our Maths there will be frequent opportunities for the children to apply this learning to reasoning and problem solving questions. Please continue to help your children to practise times table facts and KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts), these are very important and are a great boost to the work we do in school.

In our English sessions, we will continue to read Arthur and the Golden Rope, with which the children have engaged really well through written and spoken tasks. The text continues to sit nicely alongside our topic work, as children will be able to apply their learning about Vikings and Norse mythology to the story. Through this reading, the children will get chance to learn how to write in a variety of styles, such as letters and narrative writing.

Our Reading will continue to be a focus this term – with our Guided Reading sessions linking to our topic and English, building on the skills children develop using Accelerated Reader. The children are engaging well with this, with many reaching their personalised targets and making great progress. As ever, reading at home is a huge part of this, so thank you for continuing to enjoy reading with your children as it really does have a big impact. We will continue to have class rewards on offer for those children who consistently read at home, as well as the whole school rewards on offer for those children who reach their targets.

Our Science topic this term is Sound, children will be able to identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating. They will learn to recognise that vibrations from a sound travel through a medium to the ear. We will explore patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it, and patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.

In addition to this, Aspen class will be learning, rehearsing and performing their Easter play this term, so stay tuned for information about this!

As always, if you would like to speak with a member of the Aspen team, please do not hesitate to book an appointment via the office, catch us at the end of the day or pop a note in your child’s reading record.

The Aspen Team 

  • PE kits are needed for PE on Thursday afternoons but should be in school every day in case of any changes to our timetable.

The Aspen Team consists of:

Mr Whitnell - class teacher

Mrs Friday- teaching assistant



What will we be learning this year?   ASPEN CLASS LEARNING TOPIC


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