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Parent Help for Spelling Shed

Spelling Shed info for parents

Over the next week, we will be sending home logins for Spelling Shed, a new interactive platform to help children with their spellings. Each child will have their own login and password and these will be sent home shortly.

Spelling Shed allows children to practice high frequency words, spelling rules and challenging words to help them feel more confident! In time, we will set challenges, activities and quizzes for the children to complete on Spelling Shed.

We have attached a Parents Guide to Spelling Shed to this post to help you navigate the site.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Miss Cooper, Mr Beard and Miss Ellis

Spelling Shed – Parent Guide

Story Competition Winners

In Year 3, we have been writing our own new chapter for our class story Stig of the Dump.

Well I am happy to say the quality of writing has been fantastic and I am honestly so impressed with you all!

I couldn’t just choose one winner, so here are my four favourite entries…

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Miss Ellis : )


Stig of the Dump

By Rachel Linn

 One sunny, bright day, Barney went to Stig’s den. Around he walked and saw the smelly, trashed dump. It was empty except for a sweaty, happy Stig. Barney gasped. Next to Stig, was a new, ginormous machine.

“What is it Stig?” Barney asked.

“Time machine.” Grunted Stig.

“Why do we have to travel back in time?” said Barney.

“Want an adventure” grunted Stig.

So Barney and the excited Stig couldn’t wait to start. Stig got on. The machine was made out of a big, iron box, four wooden, big wheels and a bicycle which had an ipad on the front.

Barney now realised that Stig wasn’t just a cave man, he was a scientist! And an inventor! Stig sat on the bicycle and Barney climbed into the iron box. What Stig was doing now was cycling on the spot. In one minute, they were zooming through millions and tons of flying cars. Their lights looked a bit scary because they looked like yellow, fierce cat’s eyes. Barney tried to read the words on the I pad. It said ‘travelling 2.3 million years back in time. Suddenly, there was a big BANG! They had arrived.


But oh no! They had forgotton to bring the arrows. So they went out on the dusty, peach floor and golly! A mammoth darted in front of them. But another mammoth was a girl and Stig saw it then realised they could be in love. So he brought them together and they fell in love. What a brilliant day they had! So Stig and Barney climbed into the time machine and went home.


“Barney! Where have you been?” Grandma called.

“Coming!” said Barney.


Stig of the Dump

By Lottie Stephens

 One day, Barney and Stig were sitting in Stig’s dark, misty den.

Stig gunted, “We go hunt!”

Barney was shocked. “Hunt what?” he said.

“Mammoth” said Stig.

They met some deer and used all their arrows killing them. So they got ten brown, soft feathers from a chicken, some flint from gravel and some sticks. They made ten new arrows. Then they found the woolly mammoth and killed it. Suddenly, behind them on a rock was A SABRE TOOTH TIGER!! And they only had three arrows left! The beast snarled fiercely. The wind ruffled its thick, rough fur. But then, Stig came up with a plan. He quickly got his spear out and just as the beast was about to attack, he plunged the spear down its throat. The dangerous creature died. Finally, they went home and had some dinner.


Stig of the Dump

Chapter 6- The Time Tells

By Marley Greaves

 It was a sunny, bright day. Puffy, white clouds floated in the air. In the garden there were some tiny marshmallow-coloured flowers. Barney was so bored so he decided to visit Stig. Stig was thrilled to see him so he decided to show Barney a magic, aged time room. They stepped into the time room and then there was a shiny, emerald-coloured explosion and they travelled back to the Ice Age. When they woke up, they were in a cave surrounded by cave paintings. Soon, they found a horn behind a giant, hairy rock. But then, it stood up and it was a giant, woolly rhino! The woolly rhino chased Barney and Stig into the dark, gloomy cave that they woke up in and they were trapped! Suddenly, Sig had an idea. They rode the woolly rhino and they nearly fell off twice. After one hour, they were close to the time room. Then Barney, Stig and the woolly rhino travelled back to the future. That night, the three friends roasted yummy, gooey marshmallows on the glowing fire and sung songs.


Stig of the Dump

A Stone Age Solution

By Ava Cusworth

Barney was bored. Stig was bored too.
“Why don’t we go fishing?” said Barney.

Together, Barney and Stig marched around the pit and went to the edge of the deep, rocky river.

“Oh no!” cried Barney. “I forgot a fishing rod!”

He sighed and looked into the shallow bit of the river. He saw a faint light glowing through some small rocks.

“Stig!” shouted Barney, “Look at this!”


Barney scraped the small rocks away and picked the glowing object up.

“Look, it’s a locket Stig. And it says Stone Age on it,” explained Barney.

Barney slowly opened the locket and there was a flash of green light.


They travelled to the Stone Age!

“Ohh my goodness!” hissed Barney….”I’m a snake!”

“OOOhh oooh ahh ahh,” said Stig and mumbled something like a monkey.

“Yes,” explained Barney, “You are a furry, clever monkey,


Just then, a booming voice came out of nowhere and said “Survive for 10 minutes and go back to the future safely.”


Then, towering above them, were seven Stone Age men. Quickly, Barney spat poison at one of them. Stig used his monkey arms and legs to charge, knocking five of them to their feet. Rapidly, Barney spat poison on a leaf and called, “Stig, throw this!”

Stig took the leaf and threw it gracefully at the man but he missed.

“NOOOO!” said Barney.

But then, the Stone Age man ran away. The others ran after him.

“Yay!” shouted Barney, “We win!”


All of a sudden, there was the bright, green flash and they were on the bank of the river. The locket was nowhere to be seen. They walked over to the muddy, damp edge of the dump.

“That was a wild adventure,” said Barney.


Just then, Stig appeared holding a glass bowl with white sparkles floating inside of it. It said, ‘Iron Age’.

“Here we go again,” sighed Barney.


Year 3- Week 4 Homework

Hello you lovely lot!

Well done for another amazing week, you are making us all so proud.

Here is your homework for this week. It is just more practise of the addition and subtraction questions we have been completing in class. Remember to regroup in addition and steal in subtraction!

Also, try to read at least three times with an adult over the week.

Have a super weekend!

Miss Cooper, Mr Beard and Miss Ellis x

Addition and Subtraction Homework

Week 3 Homework

Hi everyone,

Well done on another brilliant week! You are all working so hard!

For your homework this week, you need to read with an adult three times and complete the maths sheets attached here.

Week 3 Maths Homework

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Cooper, Mr Beard and Miss Ellis x

Summer activity pack

Here are activity packs for over the Summer Holidays. 

(You might already have a paper copy of this, which your child will have brought home with their work books.)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Here is a pack of activities you might find helpful over the summer break. We know that for some families, home learning has been helpful to give the day some structure and routine while parents work from home. Also, we want children to know that, even though it is the summer holidays, we are still thinking about them and want them to know they are still part of the Totley Primary School community.

The first part of the pack is maths and English worksheets with answers. This could help keep children’s knowledge and skills fresh for September. However, there is no expectation that children must complete them and your child will not be ‘behind’ if they don’t. Feedback from some families has shown us how home learning like this has helped give structure and focus, as well as a sense of achievement for their children. If you feel this is the right thing for your child, then the resources are there to help.

The second part of the pack is to help continue the sense of community over the summer holiday. Firstly, as a school, we are aiming to read 1,000 books! Please Tweet or email photos either of your child holding each book they read over the summer, or a photo of the cover of the book. We will keep track of how many books have been read and celebrate our achievement in September. To reach our target (or even smash it!), we need everyone to do their part by reading and sharing what they read. Also, we’ve given 6 ideas for things you could do together over the holiday. If you want to share the outcomes of your den building, cooking, art, history or geography, please do so using the Twitter # on each activity, or by emailing photos to

We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school in September. It has been an       extraordinary time, but the strength of the Totley Primary School community is as strong as ever.

Best wishes, The Totley Team x

FS2 to Y1

Year 1 to 2

Year 2 to 3

Year 3 to 4

Year 4 to 5

Year 5 to 6

Year 6 to 7

Stig of the Dump

Here are the last few chapters.

Enjoy : )

Chapter 7 part 2

Chapter 7 part 3

Chapter 8

Chapter 8 part 2

Chapter 8 part 3

Chapter 9

Chapter 9 part 2

Chapter 9 part 3

Chapter 9 part 4


Welcome to the new Year 3s

Hello and welcome to all the children leaving Year 2 and entering Year 3.  All the Year 3 staff have loved speaking to your Year 2 teachers and finding information out about you all over the last couple of weeks.  At the end of this post, the Year 3 staff have made a little video to say hello to you all.

You may have already received the Year2 – 3 transition pack in the post.  This is the same regardless of which class you will be going to next year and is also here for you information too.

As you will be learning German next year, Frau Griggs has put a German worksheet together for you.  She has also made a little video for you to watch.

We are all incredibly excited to have you join our team and have put together a little video saying hello to you.

Our email addresses are within the transition document and are also written below here.

Miss Cooper –

Miss Ellis –

Mr Beard –

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back to school in September, and we hope you enjoy the activities in the transition pack. You can complete this pack in any order but we would like you to complete all the activities. Please send us examples of your brilliant work, we are so excited to see what you get up to!

Best wishes,

Miss Cooper, Miss Ellis, Mr Beard  and Mrs Holmes


Thank you to the Outgoing Year 3s

The Year 3 team would just like to say an enormous thank you to all the children, siblings, parents, carers, grandparents and guardians of the outgoing Year 3 classes.  You have all been superstars.  We are in tricky times at the moment and you have shown great resilience throughout.  It has been great to have seen your work improve over the time in lockdown which is further evidence of your continued learning.  Totley Primary School is proud to have you as ambassadors for the school.

Thank you to you all and have a wonderful summer!

Transition Week home learning

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many of you will have received your child’s home learning pack for transition week in the post, and if you haven’t already, I know you’ll be eagerly waiting by the letter box!

If your child attends school in a bubble, they might have brought it home with them already. Also, children who are in school on a Monday or Tuesday will be given their packs in person.

For children who are attending school in the last week of term, there will be lots of time and support to complete the activities here at school. However, we still wanted you to have a copy of the activities so you could share in the experience and talk about it together at home.

We would really encourage you to share your home learning during transition week with your new child’s teacher/s. Some activities can be posted back to school in the envelope provided. Alternatively, sent a picture to them via email (new class teacher emails are included in the packs). Check out your new year group class blog for updates too!

Below are the packs for your information. We have tried (really hard!) to make sure the correct pack was posted to the correct child, but just in case one slipped through the net, here are the resources for you to access.

If you have any questions, or we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

FS2A to Y1M

FS2D to Y1P

Y1M to Y2F

Y1P to Y2B

Y2 to Y3

Y3 to Y4

Y4 to Y5

Y5 to Y6

Friday Maths

Good morning Year 3 (soon to be Year 4s!)

Please see attached the Friday maths video about Parallel and Perpendicular lines.