Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 3


Teacher: Mrs Strugnell

TAs: Mrs Waller and Ms McGinley

Welcome to Year Three!


I can’t believe that we have only been back at school a few days and the children are already in the swing of things.  I just know that we have a fantastic year of learning ahead of us. Hopefully, the information below will answer some of the questions you might have regarding changes now the children have moved into Key Stage Two. 



Please continue to listen to your children read every day or as often as possible.  In school, each child will read individually with Mrs Waller once a week, as well as taking part in a daily Guided Reading session, following the Vipers scheme.



To see what the children will be learning in all the subjects over the year, please see the curriculum document on the website. 



PE lessons will take place every Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. On Wednesday, PE will take place in the hall whilst on Thursdays our lessons will take place outside, weather permitting.  Please make sure your child has the appropriate PE kit and footwear and that they are labelled.



Homework will be handed out every Wednesday and will usually consist of a maths and a spelling or handwriting activity. The homework needs to be handed back in on the Monday.  This year, the children will not be bringing spellings home to learn.  Instead, we will be teaching spelling in the classroom so that children are encouraged to spot rules and patterns, instead of simply learning from a list every week.


Thank you for your support. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to me or one of the other adults in Year 3.  


Many Thanks,

Mrs Strugnell, Mrs Waller and Mary.

Year 3 Autumn Timetable 2022

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'.