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3 Aspen

Welcome to Aspen Class!

 Hi everyone! Welcome to the class page for 3 Aspen. 

Here you will find all the information you may need and an insight into all the exciting things we will be learning about!

In 3 Aspen we are Ready, Respectful and Safe.

We always DREAM BIG and DARE TO FAIL. 


 In 3 Aspen we have Mrs Heald (Mon-Thurs), Miss Hirst (Fri Morning) and Miss Eyles.

  Miss Habib will be teaching us on a Monday Morning for Maths and Guided Reading.

Important Information

 Here is our class timetable. We follow this timetable until the last week of each half term where we block complete certain subjects such as MFL,  Art and DT and Computing.  We also complete picture news and online safety toolboxes weekly. New spelling rules are also focused on bi-weekly, where we are also learning to become spelling detectives!

3 Aspen Timetable 

 We have one P.E. lesson per week.  This will be on Tuesday.  We will also complete the daily mile twice a week in a morning when we first arrive in school.

On P.E. days we will need to come to school in our P.E. kits and we stay in them for the day. 

It is important to keep hydrated throughout the school day so we have a bottle of fresh water in the classroom with our names on.  We have water fountains in school to refill these when needed.

In 3 Aspen, we LOVE to read! We will be able to take our library books home with us every night, in which we swap on a 2 weekly basis where we visit the library and choose our own choice of book.  Children should aim to read at home at least 3 times a week.



Key Dates


30.01.2024 - Year 3 Showcase Assembly @ 2:40pm

20.02.2024- Maths stay and learn 9am-10am

07.03.2024- World Book Day

This half term we will be learning ...


As part of English, we will be accessing Guided Reading lessons. In our Class Novel Guided Reading, we will be reading The BFG by Roald Dahl. We will be using this book to help us develop our comprehension skills. 



In writing, we will be beginning this half-term by using the book 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' to help us write instructions. We will then be using what we have learnt to support us in writing instructions on how to make Stone Age clothing.  Towards the end of the half term we will be rewriting the story 'The Ocean Calls', and then write our own adventure for the main character, Dayeon, on her next dive. 



In Maths this half-term, we will be focusing on length and perimeter. We will be measuring in metres, centimetres and millimetres. We will then be comparing and adding lengths. We will start the unit off by measuring using different units and subtracting and adding different lengths. After establishing a good knowledge of length we will move onto perimeter.  We will discover what perimeter is and how to calculate it through a range of practical activities. 




We will  be continuing to learn and practise our Times Tables using a Rekenrek and Times Table Rockstars!




Our Science topic for this half term is Light. We will be looking at how we need light to see things, notice that light is reflected from surfaces and also learn how shadows are formed. We will be exploring this through a range of experiments and scientific questioning, such as which materials reflect the most light and do shadows change shape or size depending on where the light is. 





 This half-term we will be studying The Bronze Age and Iron Age. We previously looked at the Stone Age in the first half term of the year, and will be using any prior knowledge from this going into these next stages of prehistory. We will be looking at the differences in Iron and Bronze Age homes by studying the materials they used, how they were built and how many rooms they had. We will also be identifying the dangers people during this time faced, such as invaders and fighting in combat. 




Religious Education

 In RE, we will be looking at the key question, 'how do people express themselves spiritually?'. We will be looking at various religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism. We will be particularly focusing on two religious stories, the Islamic 99 names of Allah, and the Sikh Mool Mantar. 



PSHE (Jigsaw)

For PSHE our next unit we will be focusing on is, 'Celebrating Differences'

We will be using Jigsaw Jino to help us learn and think about how we are different to others around us.  We will thinking about how we can celebrate our differences and become more accepting of those who are different to us.




Our music lessons are based on our recorder lessons with Musica every week on a Wednesday.

This music presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked.



Our unit this half term in PE is Indoor Athletics. In this unit, we will be looking at the different areas of Athletics such as running, jumping, throwing. We will spend time learning how to complete these to the best of our ability, and support others in being successful.


 Author Focus


Our author focus is Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl is a famous British author. He is most known for his children's books, which have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. He has been called "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century".



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