Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 3


Teacher: Mrs Strugnell

TAs: Mrs Waller and Ms McGinley

Happy New Year!


Can you believe that we’re at the start of another year already – 2023!  I hope you all had a restful break over Christmas and are raring to go.


We’ve got lots of exciting things to look forward to in the year ahead. 


In English we will carry on following a book-based curriculum and will be looking at traditional tales, report writing and explanation texts. Spelling will be taught once every week, looking at common spelling patterns, suffixes and prefixes. 


In Maths, we will continue the Herts for Learning curriculum, starting off with problem solving. In Science this half-term, we will be investigating forces, including magnetism.



PE lessons will still take place every Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. This term, we will be swimming on Wednesdays, so please make you’re your child arrives with their costumes and towels.  Otherwise, they will need appropriate PE kit for both indoor and outdoor PE.



Children will be given a designated day to read with an adult at school. In addition, guided reading is taught on a whole-class, daily basis following the Vipers scheme.



Homework will be handed out every Wednesday and will generally consist of a maths and spelling activity based on that week’s spelling words.  Homework is meant to practise skills that have been previously learned in class and shouldn’t be a source of stress or anxiety.  Children also have access to Mathletics and TT Rockstars, should they want to challenge themselves further.


Thank you for your support. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to me. 


Many Thanks,

Sarah Strugnell


Year 3 Spring 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  - Spring 2023


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