Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 3


Teacher: Mrs Strugnell

TAs: Mrs Waller and Ms McGinley

Welcome back!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are feeling refreshed.  I can’t quite believe we’re already in the summer term! We’ve got a lot going on this term – and an extra Bank Holiday -  so this is what we will be getting up to over the next few weeks.



We will be kicking off with fractions, before moving on to look at time.



In English, we will be looking at adventure stories and legends to tie in with St George’s day, writing persuasive letters based on The Day the Crayons Quit and then looking at the non-fiction text Atlas of Adventures.



In our Science lessons, we will finish our investigations into Light, before moving on to Plants.


Year Three will now have their PE lessons every Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday mornings.  This term, we are really lucky to have our PE specialist Mrs Bedwell joining us to teach Athletics and Dodgeball.


This will be handed out every Wednesday and will consist of a spelling/ handwriting and a Maths activity.  Maths may be online using the Mathletics website.  All the children should have a log-in for this, but please let me know if your child’s gets misplaced. The homework will then need to be handed back in the following Monday.


Children will be given a designated day to read with an adult at school.  Their books will be changed on that day provided that they have read them with an adult at home.  Just to remind you that as a school we expect the children to read their school books at home three or more times each week.  Please sign the reading record provided.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

I’m looking forward to a great Summer term.

Mrs Strugnell

Year 3 Summer Timetable 2023

Reading in KS2

In KS2 children have daily whole-class reading lessons.  At Monksmead, we use VIPERS from Literacy Shed Comprehension Plus to help structure the learning and ensure that all key skills are being learnt.    

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.  The 6 domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency, prosody etc.  As such, VIPERS is not a reading scheme but rather a method of ensuring that teachers ask, and students are familiar with, a range of questions.  They allow the teacher to track the type of questions asked and the children’s responses to these which allows for targeted questioning afterwards.


To support the children in accurately answering comprehension questions, we use A.P.E.   This stands for 'Answer', ' Prove it' and 'Explain it'.

Science Knowledge Organisers  - Summer 2023


Click on the images below to enlarge the knowledge organiser for the individual topic area.