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Selling C of E Primary School

milstead and frinstead
Village Acedemy

Aspen Class

A message from the class teacher, Mr Whitnell.


Dear Parents and Carers,

Here we are, all ready for a brand new school year. We hope you have had a fun and relaxing summer, and we are looking forward to hearing from the children about all the exciting things they have got up to, and new things they have learnt about the world. Before we know it, we will be in the thick of our first term, with so many exciting things coming up.

Our topic this term will be Fire & Ice, and we will be exploring volcanoes and earthquakes, looking at what causes them, as well as the sometimes terrifying consequences! Our topic will also lead us to look at history behind the Great Fire of Rome, and the fearless explorers of the frozen Antarctic.

This term we will be focusing on number work in Maths. We will be developing our knowledge of the four operations and place value throughout our learning in all of these areas, through problem solving and reasoning. Practising times table facts and KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts, you can find these on the school website) will be really important in supporting the work we do in school, so any time that you are able to spend working with the children on these at home will make all the difference.

To kick start our English learning, we will be exploring the rich theme of dragons, which links to the ‘fire’ part of our term’s topic. The main story we will be enjoying will be ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. In addition to this, through discovering myths and legends about dragons, the children will be learning how to produce information and explanation texts, as well as play scripts and poems. Within all this, the children will be developing their use of conjunctions, apostrophes and homophones.

Reading is a vital part of our learning in Aspen class. The more the children read, the more skills they will develop in comprehension, spelling, writing – as well as unlocking a love of storytelling. With this in mind, we ask that all children read at home at least three times a week, and in turn we offer prizes at the end of term for those children who read eighteen times or more.

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 J

Things to remember:

  • PE kits are needed for PE on Tuesday afternoons but should be in school every day in case of any changes to our timetable.
  • Reading records and reading books will come home with the children at the end of each day, so that children can read these at home. They then need to be brought back in to school at the start of each new day.
  • Spelling lists will be sent home on Fridays, for children to learn for a test the following Friday.


The Aspen Team consists of:

Mr Whitnell - class teacher

Mrs Coomber- teaching assistant

Mrs Archer - teaching assistant 


  What will we be learning this year?   ASPEN CLASS CURRICULUM MAP

Creative home learning    Home learning term 1


Investigating Electricity! (10 images)

Aspen class had a brilliant time investigating insulators and conductors in our science lesson today.

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