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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.


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

11.06.24 - Parents Stay and Learn - Foundation Curriculum

24.06.24 - Inset Day - School shut for Children

27.06.24 - KS2 Sports Day

01.07.24 - Transition Morning

05.07.24 - Takeover Day

10.07.24 - Year 3 Showcase @9am

10.07.24 - Summer Fayre

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 Iron Man.  We will be using this book to help us develop our comprehension skills, as well as discussing the vocabulary used within it.



In writing, we will be beginning this half-term by using the book 'The Secret of Black Rock' to help us write our own Sea Tale.  We will looking at Coasts to support us with writing a Non-Chronological report about Blackpool.



In Maths this half-term, we will be focusing on Time and Statistics. We will be building on our learning from Year 2 to tell the time more accurately to 5 minutes, and then to the minute. We will talk about the difference between analogue and digital times, as well as what we mean by the terms am and pm. We will then move on to our Statistics unit looking at different ways that we collect data.


  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 Animals including Humans. We will be building on our knowledge from the beginning of the year by looking at food in more detail, thinking about its nutritional value, and how this helps us make healthy choices.




Our topic in Geography is Coasts. We will be thinking about how different coasts are formed. We will be then looking at Blackpool as our focus town, and looking at the different features it has, as well as why a coastal town would need these features.



Religious Education

 In RE, we will be looking at the term 'Leader' and what this means to us, and how leaders are portrayed in different religions.



PSHE (Jigsaw)

For PSHE our next unit we will be focusing on is, 'Changing Me'

We will be using Jigsaw Jino to help us learn and think about how our bodies will be changing over the coming years. We will also begin to look at our transition into Year 4.



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 Tennis.


 Author Focus

 Edward James Hughes  (17 August 1930 – 28 October 1998) was an English poet, translator, and children's writer. Critics frequently rank him as one of the best poets of his generation and one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. He was appointed Poet Laureate  in 1984 and held the office until his death. 


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