Mesty Croft Primary

Believe and Achieve


Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


Welcome to Year 3 and to the start of Key stage 2!


This is an excellent opportunity for us to build on all the great things that you did in Key Stage 1. We will be immersing ourselves in a range of compelling texts and exploring a world of new vocabulary, unlocking language. You will be excited to become the best writers and mathematicians you can be.


Each half term we will have a new focus in Science, Art, Music, Geography, History, RE, PHSE and D&T. You'll be broadening your knowledge base and developing a wide variety of concepts and skills.


Each Monday we will have our spelling test and our new spellings ready to learn. We will also get new times tables on TTRockstars each week, as well as a new reading book. Please remember to bring in your spelling book and reading log. 


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Robinson, Miss Staples, Mrs Whitehurst, Mrs Binning, Miss Doody and the Year 3 team. 

Week 3

Week 3


Happy Science Week! This week we have had the absolute pleasure of seeing your incredible Science Week projects. We had so many fantastic entries ranging from butterfly lifecycles to the life and death of a star and the growth of plants in different conditions. We learned so many amazing things. 


In our class-based science museum, we made edible rocks to show metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks. We then took home some delicious rocky road. 






Happy St Patrick's Day

Week 2


This week we were introduced to our new D&T topic 'Design and Make a Healthy Sandwich'. We discussed our favourite sandwiches and whether they are healthy or not. We also looked at the food pyramid and considered the sizes of our portions (especially how many treat foods we have). We then discussed healthy options and made a list to inform our food tasting session next week. A letter will be sent out in regards to this day. We can't wait to design and make our sandwiches. 



Week 2 Spellings

Week 1


We have had the most fantastic start to the half term. We started the week with a whole day based on British Values. We learned all about the rule of law, democracy, individual liberty and mutual respect. We explored what each one was, how it impacts us as a British citizen and how we relate to each of these in school. It was an interesting day full of new knowledge.


On Thursday, we had the pleasure of seeing everyone dressed up for World Book Day, with the Year 3 classrooms turned into a non-fiction jungle expedition and a swashbuckling pirate hideaway to celebrate myths and legends, like that of Blackbeard. 


Thank you for all of your effort. 


Happy St David's Day

World Book Day

Spellings Week 1

Spring 2

During this half term, We will continue expanding your knowledge and skills to ensure you feel confident in Maths; you can help at home by continuing our homework on Times Tables Rockstars. In English we are looking at the beautiful text 'The Promise' and extending our understanding of diary entries and persuasive letters.  We will also continue working on our phonics in RWI and reading skills in our Literacy and Language group. You can be a wonderful help by remembering to read at home. 


Our amazing Music topic sees us exploring Irish folk music and singing a traditional Irish folk song. Be sure to keep an eye out on this page for the words to the song. 


With a focus on healthy eating, linking to our 'Healthy Me' topic in PSHE, DT will include the design and making of a healthy sandwich which your children will bring home to share. 


We have a very exciting project in Computing where we will be using the Lego We Do to program Lego creations. We can't wait to share the pictures with you. 


Finally, we have visitors in school to help us with our PSHE work and World Book Day on the 3rd of March to add to the excitement of this half term. 


We hope you are as excited as we are for this half term. 

Week 6


During this week, we started to come to the end of some of our topics. We used all of our English and GPS knowledge to create a letter to Willy Wonka to persuade him to make our sweets in his factory. We used some fantastic persuasive devices such as similes, repetition, alliteration, rhetorical questions, expanded noun phrases and imperative verbs - we have been very busy. 


In Maths, we have been building on our Year 2 learning on bar charts and pictograms. In order to do this, we had to explore tally charts and the importance of our times tables. We can be supported with this by our regular homework on TTRockstars and we could even use hit the button to help us too. See the links below. 

Week 5

During our Computing lesson this week, we continued to explore the different instruction blocks on Scratch Jr. We focused on the use of the repetition block with the aim of getting a spaceman to float in space. 


In PE, we continued our Willy Wonka inspired dances, thinking about how to move like a champion dance with clear controlled movements. We used different movements to show different sweets and showed expression in our dancing. 

Week 4

This week we have been delighting everyone in school with our Musical talents. As we are looking at The Beatles in Music, we have been learning the song 'Help'. All of year 3 are amazing at singing this song and we are thrilled with the support from home with parents and grand parents sharing the love for The Beatles. Please see the lyrics below if you want to join in with the song at home. 

Week 3


In history this week, we looked at the cost of living in the 1960's compared to now. We wouldn't believe that biscuits used to be so expensive and potatoes used to be so cheap. We were also surprised to find our the men and women didn't get paid the same amount. We all agreed that we were glad that this was changing. 


We carried out some exciting investigations in Science, looking at how light travels. We found out that it travels in straight lines and can be reflected in straight lines from a mirror. We even used our mirrors to write mirror messages to our friends. 

You can explore this at home with a mirror and a torch.


Week 2


This week we were started to look at some different artist that were influential in British arts and crafts. We are learning how to share our opinions clearly and respectfully, and were able to share our opinions on William Morris, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey and William Frend De Morgan.


Take a look below. Which one is your favourite?

Week 1


This week we were introduced to our new subjects. We loved exploring Scratch Jr in our computing lessons and we were able to start using coding blocks with ease. 


In English we continued with our work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, working towards a non-chronological report on the Oompa Loompas. Did you know the males wear deer skins? We are looking at adjectives, similes and technical vocabulary to make our work more interesting. 



Hope you enjoyed your first week back. Keep up the hard work. 

Spring 1

What an exciting few weeks we have in store! We are thrilled to share our Music topic of The Beatles, during which we will be exploring the history, songs and Beatlemania that made the group world famous. This is a lovely accompaniment to our History topic of the 1960's, in which we will look at social, economical and political importance of the era. 

We will continue expanding your knowledge and skills to ensure you feel confident in Maths; you can help at home by continuing our homework on Times Tables Rockstars. In English we are continuing to look at the wonderful story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, exploring persuasive letters to Willy Wonka. We will also continue looking at working on our phonics in RWI and reading skills in our Literacy and Language group. You can be a wonderful help by remembering to read at home. 


We have the exciting task of creating a wallpaper or tile design based on British arts and crafts. Year 3 are fabulous at art!


Finally, we are continuing our Spanish lessons with a focus of basic Spanish, such as greetings. If you want to further explore this at home, Duolingo is a great free languages app. 


We hope you have the best half term! 

Week 1


This week we were introduced to our new subjects. We couldn't help but get up and dance when we first heard the amazing sounds of samba music. We thought the Rio Carnival was incredible!


In English we finished our work on The Spider and The Fly, writing a letter as the cunning spider persuading the witty fly to visit him. We were very good at including our key vocabulary. 


One of our favourite parts of the week was our first Spanish lesson. Did you know that during Day of the Dead, the dead are honoured and celebrated. We were so intrigued by this beautiful and  interesting celebration. 


Finally, we wish you a Happy Diwali!

Autumn 2

In the run up to Christmas, we have a very exciting few weeks. We will continue expanding your knowledge and skills to ensure you feel confident in Maths; you can help at home by continuing our homework on Times Tables Rockstars. In English we are looking at the wonderful story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, exploring character descriptions and diary entries. We will also continue looking at working on our phonics in RWI and reading skills in our Literacy and Language group. You can be a wonderful help by remembering to read at home. 


Our fascinating Geography topic will see us exploring transport, its evolution and its importance in our modern day lives. 

In Music we will feel the rhythms of samba music, look at some samba musicians and learn about some samba instruments. We will also learn a song. What a treat!


We have the exciting task of designing and creating a kite this half term. We know how much our Year 3's enjoy a good design task. How how will your kite fly?


Finally, we have the pleasure of starting our Spanish lessons. We will be learning about The Day of The Dead, numbers, colours and days of the week. If you want to further explore this at home, Duolingo is a great free languages app. 


We hope you have a wonderful half term! 

W/C 11th October 2021


This week in PSHE, we looked at creating our own class charters. We explored the responsibilities and rights we have in school as pupils to ourselves and each other. We discussed how we have the right to learn, share ideas, have privacy and the right to be ourselves amongst many others! We then created a class charter which is displayed on our class door! 


W/C 4th October 2021


This week in Art, we looked at 3 different artists and pretended to be in an art museum. We looked at the amazing work by artists; William Morris, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol. We discussed what we liked and disliked about their work and compared different printing and stylistic techniques with their art. We then wrote sentences as to why we liked and disliked their work.

Did you know that William Morris died of simply being William Morris! (Working too hard.) 


W/C 27th September 2021


This week in RE, we learnt all about the festival of Diwali. We found out that it is a five-day Festival of Lights and it is celebrated by millions of Hindus each year.

We listened to and discussed the story of Rama and Sita, the power of light over dark. Some of us didn't know this story so we were extra excited when learning about another religion. We also have a couple of wonderful experts in our classes, so thank you for sharing you faith and knowledge with us. We are very lucky. 


Did you know that Sandwell is one of the most 'Sikh' boroughs in the whole of the UK. 


W/C 20th September 2021



What a fantastic Science lesson we have had this week! Did you know that bionics is the application of designs from nature in the development of technology? We have focused on the use of bionics in medicine and have been amazed at just how much bionics can help people with disabilities. 


We looked at different bionic limbs and even saw a boy who had made his own bionic hand out of Lego! We have decided to create our own bionic hands out of card, paper straws, beads and wool. We will continue this next week. 


Bionic hands

W/C 13th September 2021


We have continued our work on Dvorjak and this week have focused on the use of melody. We draw the melody as we listened thinking of the use  of high and low pitch notes to create the melody. Listen to Dvorak's piece below. 


In Maths, we also continued our work on Place Value. We have recapped our Year 2 learning to help us transition to Year 3 expectations. Our Monday Maths lessons will now consist of a Club99 quiz, a couple of examples can be found below. We work very hard to answer all of the questions correctly so we can move to the next level. It appears that we have some super mathematicians in Year 3. 


Symphony No. 9 in E minor, 'From the New World' - Largo by Dvořák | Ten Pieces | BBC Teach

Naomi Wilkinson explores Antonín Dvořák's music using facts and insight, beautiful animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conduc...

W/C 6th September 2021


This week, we have been introduced to all of our new topics for this half term. We are very excited to be exploring printing in Art and learning about William Morris, following Dvorak's journey as he wrote Largo and creating some super sentences in English. Have a look at our new book below. We love the adorable Barnabus. 


The Barnabus Project by the Fan Brothers; a read-aloud book about celebrating our differences.

Read-aloud of The Barnabus Project by the Fan Brothers about not perfect creatures supporting each other and creating a caring community.

Autumn 1 

This year, we are looking forward to a very exciting Autumn 1. We will be looking closely at the curriculum to ensure you feel confident in Maths and continuing our homework on Times Tables Rockstars. In English, we will be focusing on simple sentences and sentence demarcation. We will also continue looking at working on our Phonics and reading skills in our Literacy and Language group. Once again, we will be adding a published piece onto Pobble and we ask for your support with your child's spelling homework. 


In History we will be learning all about the Normans, and in Music we will be exploring the work of Dvorak. In Art we have a wonderful task of exploring printing methods in order to recreate the work of William Morris, particularly focusing on the Strawberry Thief. 


What an exciting half term we have in store! 

Summer 2

This half term we will be exploring Greek Myths. Our main text is: 

Week beginning 5th July

In Science, we looked at our onion sets for the last time:

Finally, the one onion bulb pot was the tallest. 

In English this week we began writing our adapted myths like Theseus and the Minotaur.

Week beginning 28th June

In English, we have looked at the story of Theseus and the Minotaur in order to create a story river which we will then adapt to write our own stories next week.

Here is one of our adapted story rivers:

We had two GPS lessons this week - inverted commas and different sentence openers. Can you remember what ISPACE stands for?

Which openers can you spot in this group work?

In Maths, we are looking at 3D shapes. We have made them using nets, straws and connex. We then moved on to sorting them.

In Science, we looked at how our onion sets had grown after two weeks. We predicted that the pot with one onion bulb would grow the best. So far it hasn't. 

In Outdoor PE this week we looked at throwing in Athletics:

Week beginning 21st June

In Science, we looked at how our onion sets had grown after one week.

We had predicted that the pot with one onion bulb would grow the best. It hasn't so far.

In Computing, we created a storyboard for our stop frame animations using Book Creator.

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Week beginning 14th June

In Science we set up two observation over time enquiries:

Room for Growth

The needs of different plants

In computing this week, we used small figures to practise creating a stop frame animation.

Week beginning 7th June

This week we explored the Greek Myth of 'Theseus and the Minotaur'. We drew pictures of the monster and then created freeze frames of the main parts of the story.

Freeze frames of the beginning, middle and end

Computing this half term is all about animation. Take a look at our first attempts using ICan animate:

Stickman animation

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Stickman animation

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In Science, this half term, we are exploring plants. Here we played a game putting the different parts of a flower together.

Week beginning 24th May 2021

This week we followed instructions to mummify fruit and make an Egyptian collar.


In music, we have been learning to play the Ukulele.

Week beginning 17th May

In English, we are starting to look at instructions. How good are you at following instructions? We looked at the exact instructions challenge. Take a look at it too.

In Maths, we looked at multiplication and division focusing on the 4x table and 8x table. Miss White found some really useful songs to help us remember, take a look at them:

In Science, Class 7 were able to go and explore the microhabitats on the school field in our garden looking for different animals. Unfortunately, Class 8 had to do this virtually due to rain.

Microhabitat exploration

In Computing, we are looking digital music creation. Here we created different beats using the app 'Isle of Tune' on the laptops.

Week beginning 10th May

In English, we have been doing a slow write of our non chronological report of the ancient Egyptians.

In History we are looking at English folklore.

Do you know the meaning behind some of our famous Nursery Rhymes such as London's Burning and Humpty Dumpty?

In RE we made a cube showing the different Hindu Gods.


In Geography, we are studying earthquakes.

In English this half term we will be using a non-fiction book for our writing:

Do you know how to summarise information?

We use the letters SUM

Easter activities - we designed eggs, decorated eggs, coloured in pictures

Computing - graphic designs

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Computing - computer graphic designs

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Codey's Geography Video file presentation

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Our Learning wb 22.3.21

Our Learning wb 15.3.21

Our Learning wb 8.3.21

Can you use inference to explore the story?

Can you complete these short multiplications? You may need to exchange!

Which innovation do you think has had the most impact on our lives?

Which countries lie on the equator? Can you choose one to research?

Finley's DT challenge

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Creating a volcanic reaction

Free Choice Friday Afternoon 26.2.21

'Wow' work wb 22.2.21

Our history topic this half term is the English Civil War. This happened during the Stuart Era. As an introduction to this period of time we had to watch a compilation of Stuart sketches from Horrible Histories and make notes. Watch the video and then check out our notes. Did we include everything?

Free Choice Friday Afternoon tasks (12th February)

Free Choice Friday Afternoon (5/2/21)

Free Choice Friday activities

Jude's Free Choice Friday activity - sorting cards

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Millie's Music - Help! by the Beatles

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Finley's Music - Help by the Beatles

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Free Choice Friday Afternoon (29.1.21)

Free Choice Friday activities

'Wow' work, week beginning 25.1.21

Class 7 Snowman or animal Challenge

Free Choice Friday Afternoon 22.1.21

Some Free Choice Friday afternoon work:

Examples of 'Wow' work sent in this week beginning 18th January 2021

Free Choice Friday Afternoon (15.1.21)

Here are some examples of Free Choice Friday work that has been sent in:

Jude S practising the guitar!

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Maryam's Powerpoint about France

Examples of 'Wow' work from the week beginning 11th January 2021:

Year 3 creating their own obstacle courses

Here is Finley's video of his obstacle course

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Evie's video of her obstacle course

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'Wow' work from wb 4th January!

Evie's TV advert for her chocolate bar

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Sophie's Free Choice Friday video

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Remote Learning - Free Choice Friday afternoon

These are the days we have PE:


Class 7: Tuesdays

Class 8: Wednesdays

Useful websites

One Christmas One Book

We are exploring the book 'The Crayons' Christmas' which follows on from the other Crayon stories - The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.

This half term we have been studying friction in Science. We have also explored magnets. Here are some images of our exploration:
Here are some images from our enquiry (a comparative test) into how much force is needed to move something over different surfaces:
This half term we have been looking at designing and making a kite. Both classes have now made a kite. Ask us all about it.

This half term, we are reading 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl. Ask us about the book!

The Iron Man - Hogarth's Father's Diary Entry

We are reading 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes - ask us to tell you about it

The Harvest Moon by Ted Hughes - can you spot the similes and metaphors?

Science - exploring the skeleton

One School: One Book

This week we have all explored the book 'The Tin Forest'. We have completed a range of activities related to this text.

At the start of the week we found a silver box in the classroom with lots of different objects inside:

Here are some of the art activities that we completed:


Home Learning work

Year 3 Home Learning

Any work that children complete can be emailed to their class teachers using the following email addresses:


Miss Markham-Randall:
Mrs Gallagher:


Work that you wish your class teacher to see, may be completed electronically, or simply a photograph. We will provide individual feedback to you and can also answer any questions/queries that you may have. We we ask that you give us up to 24 hours to respond to your work/questions, as we may not immediately be available to you.

This is an unusual time for us all, but we encourage children to continue their learning at home with the support of both yourselves and accessing their class teacher's support remotely.


Thank you for your continued support.

Home Learning Friday 18th September 2020

Home Learning Friday 11th September

Home Learning Friday 4th September


The Year 3 team hope you have had a lovely week and you have enjoyed some summer sun. Mrs Fitzgerald and Miss Smith have been busy preparing more learning, but we have also had chance to capture a few photos from home to share with you.

Miss Smith has been learning how to bake a little bit better and enjoying some gardening. Mrs Fitzgerald has been enjoying some family time with her two daughters and getting some much-needed fresh air.


Home Learning slides start again Monday 1st June, so please do what you can and email in your work. We can’t wait to hear from you all.


Keep smiling,

Year 3 Team

Friday 22nd May 2020

Thursday 21st May 2020

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Tiny the T-Rex | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Have fun!

Wow Work! Monday 18th May 2020

Monday 18th May 2020

Wow work Thursday 14th May

Monday 11th May 2020

Maths Challenge 11th May

Friday 8th May VE Day

Thursday 7th May 2020

Wednesday WOW Work!

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Maths Challenges Wednesday 5th May

Tuesday 5th Wow Work!

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Diary Writing Task

Monday 4th May WOW Work

Monday 4th May 2020

Maths Sheet Monday 4th

Extra Maths Support: Powerpoint Lesson

Bigger Version

WOW Work! Thursday 30th April 2020

WOW Work! Tuesday 28th April 2020

WOW Work! Friday 24th April 2020

Friday 24th April 2020

WOW Work! Thursday 23rd April 2020

Thursday 23rd April 2020

WOW Work! 22.04.20

Wednesday 22nd April

Wednesday Maths

Tuesday 21st April 2020