Merton Bank Primary School

'Never less than our best'

Merton Bank Primary School, Roper Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1EJ


 Welcome to Year Three

Caring          Respect          Empathy          Courage         Resilience         

Our Year 3 Team 

Teacher – Miss Ashworth

Teaching Assistants – Miss Ranson and Mrs Parylo

Year Three is welcoming and nurturing classroom, where exciting and engaging learning experiences take place. We aim to create an inclusive and nurturing environment, where each child’s unique strengths and interests are valued, respected and supported throughout their learning journey at Merton Bank. Our vision for our classroom, is to foster a love for learning, curiosity and critical thinking skills. We prioritise the mental health and well-being of all pupils. We actively promote positive self-talk, resilience and a growth mindset. Children will be encouraged to embrace challenges, learn from mistakes and develop a positive attitude towards learning. 


This term (Spring 1 ) we have PE every Wednesday and Friday– please ensure that your child attends school on these days in their PE kit.  On these days children must wear the following PE uniform: white polo shirt/ t-shirt, black shorts and trainers/pumps. We expect high standards of PE kits, please contact a staff member if you require any support.


We encourage children to read at home every night to develop good habits and make the best progress.  Every Friday, we will be sending home a list of weekly spelling for your child to practise. We kindly request that you to encourage your child to regularly practise at least three times a week. 

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club is open from 8.15am, School will begin at 8.45am for all children. Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 will enter through the Roper Street entrance.

Collecting your child 

Please collect your child from the school playground which can be accessed from the Roper Street gate. The gate will be open between 3.15 and 3.25pm each day. 

Autumn Term Learning: 

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Take a look at some of the exciting learning in Year 3 during Autumn Term 2023

DT-Stone Age Pottery

This term, one of our key curriculum focuses was the Stone Age, which we explored in writing, history and art. We explored different artists and shared our likes and dislikes of their work before crafting our own Stone Age pot, truly immersing ourselves in the wonders of this ancient era. 

Writing- Non-chronological Reports

Year 3, have been hard at work researching and writing a non-chronological report on the Stone Age. They’ve identified key features, delved into detailed research and organised information into well-structured paragraphs with appropriate sub-headings. Finally, they created their very own non-chronological report showcasing their understanding of the Stone Age.

Saints Community Development Foundation 

This term, Year 3 have been lucky enough to participate in PE lessons delivered by the Saints Community Development Foundation. The professional coaches have helped the children to develop their skills, teamwork and sportsmanship on the field.  

Take a look at some of the exciting learning in Year 3 during Spring Term 2024


This term in science, we delved deep into the fascinating world of rocks. One of our most exciting experiments this term, was creating our very own fossils! We carefully crafted imprints of shells and plants in our own sediment mixture. We discussed how fossils are formed and the incredible knowledge they provide us with about our planet’s past.


This term, Year 3 having been honing their writing skills. They’ve stepped into the shoes of the mighty Iron Man, expressing his thoughts and feelings, through a monologue. They’ve also written a character description using descriptive language to build a detailed image of Iron Man inspired by Ted Hughes. 

In Year 3, our classroom reflects what we are focusing on. The children are working hard to up levelling their writing, aiming for the highest standards. We are exploring the use of personification, onomatopoeia, repetition, and descriptive language. The children eagerly invite you to explore some of the exceptional pieces they have produce so far.



This term, Year 3 have participated in cricket sessions, delivered by the Lancashire Cricket Foundation. Over the course of these sessions, the children have flourished,  not only learning new techniques but also enhancing their teamwork and collaboration skills under the guidance of an experienced coach.  

Take a look at some of the exciting learning in Year 3 during Summer Term 2024


Year 3 will engage in writing tasks centered around the story of the Firework Maker's Daughter. They will write a letter from Lila to her father, Lalchand. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining an appropriate tone and applying Year 3 grammatical features. Additionally, they will delve into composing a narrative, incorporating a variety of features. 


History- Iron Age

This term, Year 3 will be learning about the Iron Age.  So far, we have conducted a comparative analysis between todays and the original construction of hill forts. They have discussed common features such as ramparts, ditches and plateaus, predicting their functions. Additionally, they will be exploring factors contributing to societal conflicts during this era. 


Art-Pablo Picasso 

In Art, Year 3 are delving into the work of Pablo Picasso. So far, they have have expressed their likes and dislikes regarding his distinct styles, such as vibrant hues, unusual shapes and how he communicates emotion through his artwork. Next, they will be taking photographs of different emotions and crafting their own artwork using a range of media, with a focus on capturing facial expressions.

PSHE- Nutrition and Dental Care

In PSHE, Year 3 will be focusing on the importance of nutrition and oral hygiene.


In Computing, they are focusing on video trailers. They have discussed the purpose of video trailers and created a storyboard to outline their vision. In the upcoming lessons, they will be considering camera angles, recording relevant sounds to enhance the narrative and incorporating text. Ultimately, the children will apply their technical skills to craft their own video trailer inspired by the book, “The Iron Man”.

PE- Athletics


This term, Year 3 are developing their sprinting, jumping and throwing techniques. The children will work collaboratively to foster teamwork Additionally, they will be encouraged to strive towards improving their personal best. The children will be setting individual goals and tracking their progress, to motivate themselves to achieve new milestones.


In Spanish lessons, they are currently focusing on developing their vocabulary and language skills. The children are learning to identify and say the names of various fruits and vegetables in Spanish.




Forest School

Every Friday, the children engage in forest school sessions with Mr. Woods. The sessions provide the children with an opportunity to immerse themselves in outdoor exploration and foster their collaborative abilities.


Friday 19th April 2024

This week, the children had the opportunity to construct a habitat for creatures of their choice, using natural materials found in the forest environment. This hands-on activity encouraged creativity, promoted teamwork and problem-solving.

Everton in the Community – Football for Education 

The football development programme is designed to provide children with an approach to football that encompasses physical health, mental well-being and personal development. These sessions not only improve students' physical health but also instill healthy habits. Furthermore, the programme emphasises the potential for football to boost academic potential, self-esteem, confidence and teamwork skills.


Photographs to follow 

Year 3 Trip to Poole's Cavern

Year 3 had an unforgettable trip to Poole's Cavern, diving deep into the history of the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. We explored the history behind the 2-million-year-old cave and uncovered how it has been used throughout history. The children discovered the Stone Age people used caves for shelter during harsh weather and as a storage space. The children were mesmerised by the artefacts dating back to the Stone Age found within the cavern. Additionally, they learnt about stalactites, stalagmites and pillars.