Shephalbury ParkPrimary School

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Have a fabulous summer break and thank you all for a fantastic year!

Year 3 creating or colouring pirate scenes using online paint and images - 3.7.23



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Our week started with the whole school meeting Samantha Murray who won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics. We took in our PE session with her and then listened to her story in assembly. Tuesday has seen us learning the art of fencing. Here are a few photos of our session with Tom from St Alban's Fencing Club.

It is the final half term of Y3 and we have kicked it off in style - a visit to the Verulamium in St Albans. The weather was glorious and we spent the day adding to our already vast knowledge gained about the Romans. We were so engrossed with our learning and activities that we don't have many photos to show but we do have lots of memories! 

It has been pleasing to see lots of Year 3 children taking advantage of homework club again this week. It runs on a Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes. For many children, they would prefer to do their work in school rather than home. I would like to say a huge congratulations and well done to Tommy, who has taken it upon himself to do 'extra' TTRS. I am very proud of you and you should be very proud of yourself too!.

This is the last piece of home learning before half term. Over half term no home learning is set but it would be great if you can all keep up with your reading. 

It has been good to see some children in Year 3 using the lunchtime homework club run by Mrs Grizzell to complete home learning. Remember, if you find completing any of your home learning tricky then pop into the ICT suite on a Wednesday or Thursday lunchtime from 12:30pm - 1:00pm. IPads and laptops are available just remember your reading record as it has all your logging in detail for TTRS and Mirodo!

Our 'indoor' coronation picnic 5.5.23

Lots of Year 3 children are attending homework club on Wednesday and Thursday lunch time which is good to see. Remember, if you prefer to complete work in school then use this time to complete your home learning so then you  have no work to complete at home other than reading with an adult.

Please find your spellings for this week. Many children said they were unable to find their Mirodo home learning this week, this was because I had set a Science task based on your work with Mrs Grizzell on plants.

This term, I will set a few Science tasks so please click on Maths, English and Science each week to find what has been set! 


Our first full week back at school and for most of the week the sun has been shining and we have played on the field during lunch time. Please find the three groups spellings attached. This week we have talked in class about the importance of completing our home learning. From next week, some children may need to attend lunch time homework club on a Wednesday and Thursday, if home learning is not attempted/completed. 

Have a lovely long bank holiday weekend.


Welcome back to the final term in Year 3!

Please find your home learning for this week. Home learning remains the same with Spellings, Reading a minimum of 3 times with an adult, TTRs(20 games on Garage) and short Mirodo activity.

This is your last piece of home learning before the Easter break. Do remember as always to read at least 3 times with an adult. Perhaps, when you read with your adult you can sometimes choose your library book, it doesn't always have to be your reading book. You also have TTRS and Mirodo! 

Please find above the spellings for this week. Do remember you also have to complete 20 minutes of Garage on TTRS, reading a minimum of three times a week to an adult as well as your short activity on Mirodo

STEAM Week - Maths 14.3.23

Solution by Olivia Smith

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STEAM Week - Computing 13.3.23

RE - The festival of Holi 10.3.23

Please find above this week's spellings. Remember you also  need to complete 20 x 1 minute of Games on TTRS or 3 worksheets if you prefer not to work online, reading a minimum of three times to an adult and your 10 quiz questions on Mirodo.

World Book Day in Year 3

Year 3 have celebrated World Book Day in style - in their pyjamas!

We started the day by sharing our favourite books with one another and in the afternoon completing a group art activity based on our current guided reading book, 'Leonora Bolt, Secret Inventor' by Lucy Brandt.

Our final celebration of this special day was to sit and listen to our chosen story or poems read by one of many of the adults in our school.

Please find above your spellings for this week. Don't forget reading, Mirodo and TTRS too!

Happy Spring Term 2!


We have 6 weeks to pack in lots of learning and lots of fun. Next week we will be recognising World Book Day. The following week, we will be participating in a whole school RE learning day with the focus on the festival of Holi and we will also be celebrating national STEAM week in March!

Before you know it, we will have got to the Easter holidays in a blink of an eye! Home learning continues to be reading at least 3 times a week, 20 Games on TTRS or completing 3 TTRS sheets, either an English OR Maths activity on Mirodo and your spellings. 

Please find below the spellings for your group. Continue to read at least three times during the week to an adult along with 20 minutes of TTRS and of course your short Mirodo activity.

English - The story of Lazy Jack


Questions asked to Lauren and Daniel

Here are some of the questions that we asked Lauren and Daniel when they came to visit our classroom. We wanted to find out more about Grace and what it is like living with a visual impairment.


Zaki - What year did you get Grace?

Lenny S - How does it feel to be blind?

Kyla M - What is your favourite thing to do with Grace?

Emma - How did you feel when you first got Grace?

Joy - How did you go blind?

Kyla D - How can you get dressed in the morning?

Leo - Is Grace always happy?

Lexi - What type of dog is Grace?

Violet - What dogs do you like?

A visit from Guide Dogs for the Blind

Here are your spellings for the coming week. We start our quite lengthy new maths unit on multiplication and division next week. I'm hoping all the practice that you have been doing over the last few months will help you.  I am aware there have been problems with one or two children accessing their Mirodo task on their chosen device at home and hopefully this weekend they are now sorted. Please make sure all home learning tasks are completed; many of which you are able to do independently. Have a lovely weekend.

Poetry - Chocolate Cake

Y3 have spent two weeks looking at performance poetry and in particular the poetry of two Children’s Laureates; Michael Rosen and Joseph Coelho.  We have looked at what free verse looks and sounds like, which Joseph is well known for and then we looked at what narrative verse looks and sounds like, which Michael is well known for. We have studied how to perform a poem by focusing on timing, pauses for effect, facial expressions, projection of our voice, use of actions, enunciation of words and trying to perform lines off by heart, rather than from a sheet.

Here is our version of Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen, what do you think? (Please click on the link below- this will take you to the video resource centre where you will find the videos)

Please find below your spellings for this week. We now have three groups during Guided Reading, so please make sure you have the right spellings for you! Don't forget, there is TTRS or Beat the Clock sheets, a short Vocabulary task on Mirodo and reading a minimum of three times to an adult.

Maths - What criteria can you think of to sort 2D shapes into two groups?

We have started to explore the properties of 2D shapes. Using our new learning from last week, we have tried to to come up with a question to sort the shapes into two groups. 

Here are our questions:

Is it yellow? Yes/No

Does it have a right angle? Yes/No

Is it a quadrilateral? Yes/No

Does it have parallel lines? Yes/No

Does it have perpendicular lines? Yes/No

A full week completed and as always a very busy week! We have begun to delve into the life of Leonardo Da Vinci and we have looked at the difference between an invention and a contraption. 


Home learning is back to normal this week with; reading, TTRS, Mirodo and spelling. If you are in the main maths group and taught by me then your Mirodo learning is all about angles. If you are the small maths group that work with Mrs Bond then your Mirodo work is all about 2D shapes. 

Year 3 Spring Term 2023 Curriculum Letter

Please find the learning that will take place in Year 3 this Spring term.

Home learning Friday 6th January 2023

Happy New Year to you and your families,


I hope you enjoyed our Art day and learning more about Henri Rousseau. As we have not had an English lesson today there will be no spellings this week so home learning this week will be:

1. A task on Mirodo

2. TTRS x 20 minutes on Garage

Mrs Bond's group now has 2x, 5x and 10 tables

Mrs Cropley's main group has 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x and 10 x tables

Mrs Cropley's smaller group has 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 8x, 10x and 11x tables

Please be aware more times tables will be added during this term

3. Reading at least 3 x during the week with an adult and get your Reading Record signed

4. Be able to spell and write your full name correctly. This means making sure letters are formed correctly and a capital letter is used if it is appropriate e.g. John David Jones

5. Be able to say and write your date of birth in numbers and words e.g. 03.10.14 or 3rd October 2014


Have a lovely weekend!

This is your final piece of home learning of 2022! This week your Mirodo home learning is another English one. You will have 10 questions based on words that can be/bee confusing! As always the other homelearning remains the same - a minimum of reading with an adult three times, TTRS and spellings. Enjoy the festive feel of the classroom and school over the next few weeks...

This week has been a full week in school so home learning will include Mirodo. This week's Mirodo home learning is revising and revisiting the use of capital letters within a sentence. All other home learning remains the same - spellings, 20 minutes on TTRS and a minimum of reading 3 times a week with an adult. 

I hope you had a fantastic occasional day off on Friday and that you are ready to start another week of learning?

As you have missed one day/weekend of home learning due to the occasional day, I will only be expecting TTRS, Reading and Spelling to be completed this week.


Mirodo home learning will commence again this Friday 2nd December when next week's home learning will be set. 

Friday 18th November 2022 - Home learning

Remember, another piece of home learning is now expected from you each week so please do make sure you complete it.

As always there is your reading (at least three times over the week with an adult), your spellings, your 20 minutes on TTR and now a piece of learning using the Mirodo website. You have your log in details in your reading record.

 We have finished off this week with a live Remembrance Day Assembly in our classroom. We  joined many other schools around the country in an act of remembrance. 

Please find your spellings for this week and remember TTRS and reading. For many of you, I have now added the 3 and 4 times tables to learn.  

It is so lovely to be back after a week at home with our families.

Please find your group's spellings for this week. Do remember to continue to complete 20 x 1 minute games on Garage as well as read a minimum of three times a week with an adult. Currently there are two groups on TTRS. One group practicing the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and one group practicing the 2,5,10, 3 and 4 times tables. From next week both groups will find another multiplication table added to practice and learn!

Diary Writing

Halloween Lego Models

Please find your spellings below. Don't forget to read with someone at home at least three times over the week and 20 Games on TTRS.

Week 6 Home Learning Friday 14th October

Week 5 Home Learning - Friday 7th October

I'm glad I am back with you all. Thank you Mrs Grizzell for taking good care of Year 3 whilst I was on the Year 6 residential.

Please find your spellings for this week. Do remember to practice over the week. I am seeing huge improvements in lots of children's reading since the beginning of the term so keep up the good work!

Finally, don't forget TTRS. I know there have been a couple of children struggling to get onto the app. Try deleting the app. Once deleted, download it again. This may work. If you are still struggling please do let me know.

English - Making a basket (creative hook)

We have just come to the end of our work on writing a journey story and this week have started exploring a very  familiar story - Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red Riding Hood is a warning story because the mother in the story warned her daughter not to talk to strangers.

We have listened to the story and was set the task of reading instructions to make a basket similar to the basket Little Red Riding Hood used to visit her Grandma. We needed to read the instructions carefully and follow them step by step. We then decided what to put in the basket to take to Grandma's house.

D.E.A.R Time (Drop Everything And Read)

This week in DEAR time we have been exploring and reading some of the non fiction books based on our Geography topic of Extreme Earth. We are lucky to have two Year 6 children who come to visit us twice a week to read with us too. 

Another super busy week in Year 3. I do hope your parents and carers were impressed with your final copy of your Paddington stories that you took home and shared?

Your home learning continues to be reading with an adult at least 3 times during the week. It has been so pleasing to see so many children already making good progress with their reading and have moved a book band. Continue to learn this week's spellings and of course 20 x 1 minute sessions completing Game on TTRS. 



We have had an astounding week of home learning this week. Lots of children have wanted to take their learning further at home - thanks you Olivia, Emma, Charlie and Eliannah for sharing all your fabulous work. I know Mr Conway was also very impressed.

Please find your home learning. Remember reading and everyone this week should be able to access TTRS. We have a battle set against Year 4!

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the Year 3 curriculum meetings this week, it was lovely to see you all and I hope you found it useful. 

Here is this week's home learning for all the children in Year 3. Remember home learning for all children is the same; at least 3 times a week reading with an adult, 20 Games of Garage on TTRS and learning spellings.


Year 3 Curriculum Meeting held 13/9/22 and 15/9/22

Our outdoor Geography lesson found us hunting for suitable resources to build a raft. The raft needed to be sturdy enough and be able to float. Each pair tested their raft out on water and placed a Lego man on to test if it was safe and dry enough for him. We called the man Pliny after the writer who wrote about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

In Science, we worked in pairs to test a variety of rocks. We tested to see how durable they were and if they were permeable or impermeable. 

What a great first week we have had in Year 3 - building and testing rafts, dressing up as Paddington Bear, following instructions to make marmalade sandwiches as well as fitting in our daily guided reading book, Pompeii...buried alive!, English, Maths, Computing and Geography. Please make sure you have a relaxing weekend, ready for next week.

Find above your spellings to practice ready for your test next Friday. Please return your handwriting spelling sheet for Friday so I can see how you have practiced. Also in Year 3 we have maths home learning. You have to play 20 games of Garage on TTRS, which we have practiced in school and finally read at least 3 times a week with an adult and get your reading record signed. 


English - A day in the life of Paddington Bear (creative hook)

Welcome to Year 3


Hello and welcome back to school. I hope you have had a good summer and you are ready to explore and learn in your new classroom (upstairs!), work with your new teacher and teaching assistant (Mrs Grizzell), experience lots of new learning and you are ready to continue your learning into a new Key Stage. Can I be the first to welcome you to Key Stage 2 as well as Year 3.


Although, there seems to be lots of new things, there is also lots in Year 3 that you will be familiar with too. Your friends, the adults in the school, assemblies, Bucket Filler Tea Party, Head Teacher Awards and of course everything we strive to always be a Shephalbury Learner.


As we start the Autumn term, just a reminder that the start and end of the day has changed. The school gates are open from 8:35 - 8:45 and register will happen at 8:50. The end of the day for Year 3 is 3:15.


Our PE day is on a Monday so please come to school dressed in your PE kit and our Library day is Friday so make sure you have your library book in school ready to change. 


I hope that you are ready for the challenges Year 3 will bring as well as the fun, the laughter, the learning and the exploring that is planned and I am sure will evolve. 


Mrs Cropley