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The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Aspen Class (years 3 and 4)

A message from the class teacher, Mr Whitnell.


Just like that, the Summer holidays are over, and we return to our new school year relaxed and excited for new beginnings. In Aspen class, we welcome the Year 3 children, and welcome back our Year 4’s. We are also delighted to welcome Mrs Friday, our new TA.

Our class topic for this term will be Stone Age to Iron Age. Children will learn all about timelines, and the different historical periods. What did people wear? How did they hunt? What did they eat? Where did they live? What was their art like? All these questions will be explored and investigated by the children, as they examine a variety of sources across the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. There will also be a chance to try out using charcoal to create their very own cave art!

In English, we will begin by exploring the Stone Age Boy. There will be lots of chances for children to practise performing and retelling the story in groups. The children will then plan, draft and perfect their own story ideas. Alongside this children will develop their grammar and punctuation, so they will be able to make their writing exciting with adverbials, varied sentence openers and ensuring their writing flows and makes perfect sense.

In Maths this term, the children will work on developing the crucial Number skills and the key understanding of place value. This really underpins everything we do throughout the rest of the year, as these skills run through so much of Maths. Reasoning and problem solving questions will be explored as ways of deepening understanding. We will be carrying out our weekly times table tests, but children can also support learning at home by practising times table facts and KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts) provides a big boost.

In Science this term, we will discover that Science Rocks! Children will learn about the three types of natural rock, as well as types of man-made rock. They will then move onto the exciting world of fossil hunting, where they will learn exactly what fossils can teach us about the past…

Before we broke up for Summer, we began kicking off a new way for the children to develop their reading at the school and at home. Children will use the Accelerated Reader scheme to choose books with their own range and read at home in addition the daily reading time we have in class. Children can move towards their personal reading goals, winning lots of prizes by answering quizzes and earning points! I’m sure it won’t be long before we see children reaching their reading goals for this term.

Finally, if you would like to speak with Mr Whitnell or Mrs Friday, 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

  • 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 TOPICS