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Aspen Class

Welcome to Aspen Class!


Mr Phipps and Ms Greenwell are our teachers and Mrs Ladva is our Teaching Assistant.


For the Spring term, in English we will complete a unit of work based on the book ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. During this unit children will be using a range of drama techniques as well as writing a diary entry, an informal letter and a description to create tension and suspense. We will be focusing on the composition of writing and working towards specific Year Five writing targets based on the National Curriculum. 


The second unit will be based on the poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. In this poetry unit we will also explore the works of other famous Poets and writing and performing our own imagery poem based on the sea.


Our Area of Study this term is ‘Natural Disasters’ which involves researching volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and looking at individual case studies around the word with an emphasis on topical issues such as the recent Australian bush fires or Philippian earthquake. We will continue to develop our map reading skills and locational knowledge. 


In Science this term, our focus will be on ‘Forces’ - explaining the effects of gravity, air resistance and water resistance, friction. We will look at the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo. 


We will continue with rugby skills during Tuesday’s outdoor PE and focus on gymnastic skills during the Thursday PE session. Please have a full PE kit in school on these days.


Reading is a huge focus here at Buckingham and it is important that children are encouraged to read daily with adult support. Reading diaries need to be signed at least twice a week and are checked daily by the class teacher.

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