MESSAGE FROM YOUR TEACHER :-)
Friday 3rd April 2020
I hope you are all safe and well and settling in to a new routine. I know you will be showing lots of courage whilst you adjust to a different way of learning.
With all the time you now have to spend at home it is worth remembering that learning takes place in all sorts of ways. Whilst the home learning you have been set is one part of this, reading, playing board games or card games, completing chores, cooking, being creative with craft or art (the list is endless) are all ways to learn! I hope you have been making the most of your gardens and one exercise outing a day to enjoy some activity and fresh air. I have certainly appreciated the brighter weather and have been busy gardening and taking in all the lovely signs of spring when I’m out walking my dog, Major Tom.
You now have an Aspen Class email address; you can use this to share with me any of the home learning you have been working on. I will be checking the inbox every few days and would love to see what you have been getting up to!
Take care and keep smiling,
Friday 27th March 2020
Dear Aspen Class,
Firstly we would like to say how proud we are of you for showing such COURAGE last week in school. The LOVE you showed for each other in the face of change and uncertainty was clear to see. You might be in your own homes but you are still very much part of Pilgrims Cross and of Apsen Class. We have complete TRUST in you to live out our school values at home. We hope you are all making the most of the new adventure you are on. In the coming weeks, use this opportunity to explore your own interests, talents and hobbies (as well as working hard on your set learning, of course ).
We are thinking of you – take care.
Spring 1 - No class is an Island
In Spring 1, Aspen Class’s learning adventure started with an exciting launch day which involved a treasure hunt. Clues led us to different locations around the school where facts, about the Isle of Wight and St Lucia, were hidden. We also did some fun fossil activities (including excavating and moulding our own fossils and looking at some real specimens under a microscope).
We continued this geography-based adventure with map work and by comparing the physical and human characteristics of each island. As well as presenting our learning in our Learning Adventure books (this great work is now on display in the corridor), we also had to find a memorable way to present facts about each island. Some of of us wrote songs which we performed to parents in the celebration event at the end of term.
In English we learnt to incorporate figurative language (such as simile, metaphor and personification) into narrative writing inspired by a picture book called Flotsam. This learning kicked off when we explored some hidden flotsam in trays of sand and tried to guess who the objects might have belonged to.
As part of this adventure we read a book called Floodland; it is set in an imaginary future where sea levels have risen and most of the UK is covered in water. The main character lives on the island of Norwich before escaping with a boat she found. We read some non-fiction about global warming to find out if this really could happen in the future and we went on to write powerful poems based on environmental issues.
In art (with Mr Richie) we designed maps with a difference: they were based on ourselves! In science we learnt about evolution and inheritance. We started by learning about life which inhabited the earth millions of years ago by learning about fossils found all over the world, including the Isle of Wight.