The Village Academy

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.


Dear Parents and Carers,

Spring is in the air, and with it come the joys of new life and colour budding all around us. Term 5 is once again brimming with exciting learning opportunities for Aspen class.

A new topic to explore arrives in the form of Rainforests, where we will be learning all about biomes, climates, and Wonders of the World. This will involve a Geography focus, but we will also simultaneously be exploring and creating Rainforest art, using the work of Henri Rousseau as an inspiration. Given the many creative minds in Aspen, we will be interested to see how the children develop their skills in this topic.

This term we will be focusing on Measure and Time in Maths. The children will develop an understanding of different units of measure, how to convert between measures, and will have opportunities to use practical skills in measuring length, capacity and mass. Time will follow this, as we will be building skills in reading and estimating time.  As ever, there will be opportunities for the children to apply this learning to reasoning and problem solving questions. Times table facts and KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts) remain crucial, as these will continue to be applied through all our Maths work, so any support you can give your children practising these is invaluable.

In English, we have begun our new text Mouse Bird Snake Wolf,   in which the children will discover ideas about the beauty and danger of nature. We will discuss and debate the way the actions of characters in the story, providing the children with chances to write persuasively and express their viewpoints.  Through this reading, the children will get chance to learn how to write in a variety of styles, such as Kennings poetry and storytelling.

All of the above learning links nicely in with our Science topic Plants, where children will learn about the different parts of plants and how they grow. We will conduct experiments to deepen understanding of these processes. I have been delighted with the way the children have really got stuck into their hands-on experiments so far this year.

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.

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