Darwin (Year 3)


Class teacher: Sallie Boyd (Mon-Thurs) Mrs Lisle (Fridays)
Supported by: Mrs Barnard (Mon-Thurs) Mrs Sheppard (Mon-Fri)



Darwin Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkSpellings and Tables Tests
9:30-10:30NumeracyNumeracyNumeracyNumeracyOutdoor games-Athletics
Voice Tuition
1:15-2.30Outdoor games-Multi-skillsTopic-HistoryEnrichment-ComputingArt-Paper craftScience
2.30-3:00Singing Worship Collective WorshipCollective WorshipCollective Worship2.15 Celebration Assembly


Bath and West Showground

Early morning work
For the first half hour of the day, Monday to Thursday, Year 3 focus on developing key skills in literacy and numeracy. The children work through a daily quick maths task to improve their mental agility.  The focus usually includes practise of the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They also complete a  handwriting task, focusing on letter formation, punctuation and practising their weekly spellings. Children will also complete a comprehension reading card. During this time the children are heard read individually; usually once a fortnight. Friday mornings are for assessment of the children’s spellings and maths knowledge.

Literacy is taught daily from Monday to Thursday and develops reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Literacy units are usually taught over a two week period. During this term, Darwin class will learn  the following:

  • Writing playscripts (2 weeks)
  • Assessed ‘cold’ writing piece (1 week)
  • Assessed reading comprehensions (1 week)

Maths is taught daily from Monday to Thursday. The children build on their previous knowledge to extend their understanding of different aspects of mathematics. They also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge when solving mathematical problems and puzzles. Darwin class will cover the following units this term:

  • Addition and subtraction (revising formal methods and practising mental maths)-1 week
  • Multiplication and Division (revising grid method and introducing ‘Bus-stop’ method)-1 week
  • Problem solving, including money (applying all the methods taught this year to word problems and puzzles)-1 week
  • Maths assessments-1 week


Science is taught once a week, through both practical and theory activities. The children will develop their skills as a scientist through investigations; practising their predicting and concluding skills. The children are taught, and should then apply, key scientific vocabulary in relation to the current science topic. This term the children will   study ‘Light’ by:

  • Recognising that you need light in order to see, and what ‘dark’ is.
  • Noticing how light is reflected from surfaces.
  • Knowing how the light from the sun works, and how to protect our eyes.
  • Understanding how shadows are formed and patterns in their changes.




The story of honey

History is usually taught once a week as part of a topic or focus. During these lessons the children develop their chronological knowledge, note connections between times, ask and answer historical questions using the correct vocabulary and understand how our knowledge of the past comes from a range of sources. Equally as important, the children learn to love finding out about what ‘has been’ and why it happened; developing a thirst for knowledge. In terms 5 and 6, the children will learn about ‘How did life change in Victorian times?’, including:

  • Understanding the chronology of the Victorian period.
  • Comparing life for the rich and poor.
  • What a Victorian education would be like.
  • Exploring Victorian architecture.
  • How inventions and scientific discoveries changed life.

Geography is usually taught once a week as part of their topic lessons. They explore both the people and the places around them; focusing on Britain initially, then comparing it with other parts of the world. The children use maps, globes, plans and atlases to develop their knowledge. They draw their own maps and plans, and explore keys, symbols and scale. In terms 5 and 6, the children will   explore the British Empire through their History topic.


Farm to food

PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education)
PSHE is taught usually weekly through circle time and taught PSHE lessons. The children develop their communication skills and learn about themselves and their relationships at school, home and as part of a wider community. They explore what it means to be healthy in both body and mind. In terms 5 and 6, Darwin will  explore the theme of ‘Health and Wellbeing’ by:

  • Identifying different influences on health and wellbeing.
  • Knowing how to respond in an emergency.
  • Knowing how to find help, and understand decision making.
  • Understanding the different ways you can keep yourself safe.


Art and Design
 Art is usually taught weekly and covers a range of techniques and styles. Different artists are also explored. The children are encouraged to use their sketch books as a journey of discovery ending in ‘display art’. Our focus this term is  ‘Paper Craft’. The children will learn:

  • How to create different effects using paper.
  • Knowing and understanding collage, quilling and craft techniques.
  • Applying their knowledge to create Victorian toys.

P.E.(Physical Education)
The children are usually taught P.E. twice a week. They follow a range of movement patterns; improvising and developing their coordination. They learn to practise and evaluate their performance as a sportsperson. This term the children will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Enjoying developing a range of team and ball skills as part of Monday afternoon outdoor-skills sessions.
  • Developing Athletic capabilities through running, jumping and throwing sessions on Friday mornings. (Please ensure your child has outdoor PE kit for both sessions-the children will be outdoors as much as possible)

R.E. (Religious Education)
The children are taught R.E. through a blocked week of lessons, to allow the children to focus and learn in-depth about a particular religion or theme. Over the course of the year, children learn about religions, as well as learning from religions; making links between their own experiences and ideas. This term the children will explore their knowledge, skills and understanding of Hinduism. They will:

  • Understand what ‘pilgrimage’ means.
  • Explore what Hindus believe about the River Ganges.
  • Know about the symbolism and stories relating to different Hindu gods and Goddesses.

Design and Technology
The children are taught design and technology through a blocked week of lessons, to allow the children to focus and learn in-depth about a particular project or theme. This term the children will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of Mechanical systems by;

    • Exploring Victorian toys and inventions.
    • Developing their craft and construction  skills when making their own paper-based Victorian toys.


Through the week technology is used as an exciting learning tool within many subjects. Computing skills are taught weekly so that the children have a broad range of experiences using a variety of devices. The children learn to become digitally literate within a safe environment in order to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding both within and out of school. This term the children will learn about ‘Algorithms’ during Wednesday afternoon enrichment lessons by:

  • Using different programmes to create and repeat blocks in algorithms.


Music is delivered through voice tuition, singing practice, recorders and percussion sessions. The children encounter a variety of songs,  instruments and movement. They are taught to feel and move with the pulse of the music, recognise, compose and perform rhythms and melodies, listen to and evaluate a variety of music and to appreciate changes in tempo, timbre,  and dynamics of music.

  • This term the children will develop their knowledge of singing in rounds and understanding music notation through Friday voice tuition sessions. 
  • Singing and developing an understanding of cultural music remain part of our ‘Singing worship’ on Monday afternoons.