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Selling C of E Primary School

milstead and frinstead
Village Acedemy

Aspen Class (years 3 and 4)

A message from the class teacher, Mr Whitnell.


Dear Parents and Carers,


Time continues to fly as the school year gathers pace, and we are all left with that feeling ‘Where has time gone?’ The Aspen team have welcomed back the class for another term packed with fun learning. We might have been hoping for the first signs of Spring, but with snow blizzards surrounding us that looks a way off at the moment!

We will be continuing to delve into the subject of Ancient Egypt, where we will be learning all about Egyptian gods, creation stories, and Ancient Egyptian culture. 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; we will have a few experts by the time we are finished!

This term we will be focusing on Fractions and Decimals in Maths. We will be gaining an understanding of fractions – how to compare and order them, and how to find equivalent fractions. There will also be 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.

We will continue to read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, through which the children will explore rich themes such as friendship and loyalty. They will look at the way the title character changes, and the impact this has on the story. Through this reading, the children will get chance to learn how to write in a variety of styles, such as letters, poetry and instructions.

In other news, Fairtrade Week happens in week three of the term, and there will be lots of learning done through this. Children can research the life of a Fairtrade family, and understand the impact Fairtrade has on the world. We have our class trip to Groombridge Place on Friday March 9th, which should be an exciting way to experience lots of the learning we have been doing. Linking to our Science topic Living Things, children will be able to meet the variety of animals that live there, study the beautiful flowers and plants in the secret gardens, and explore the Enchanted Forest. 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 Tuesday and Thursday afternoons but should be in school every day in case of any changes to our timetable.

Things to remember:

  • PE kits are needed for PE on Tuesday and Thusday 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 weekly for children to learn for a test the following week.


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.

Created: 10 May 17 17:12 | Last modified: 10 May 17 17:21