Darwin (Year 3)

Class teacher: Mrs Boyd (Mon-Fri)
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
1:15-2.30Topic-HistoryIndoor P.E.-DanceEnrichment-Outdoor P.E.-TennisArt-From other times, places and cultures.PSHE-Relationships
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:

  • Poetry-Playing with language (One week unit)
  • Fiction story structures-Adventures (Two week unit )
  • Writing instructions (Two week unit)

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:

  • Number-Multiplication and Division-Recalling and using multiplication and division facts for at least the 3x, 4x and 8x tables. Understanding the commutative nature of multiplication and using the correct signs and symbols. Solving problems using multiplication and division; being able to use and understand the inverse. (4 week block unit)
  • Measurement-Length and Perimeter-Be able to measure, compare, add and subtract lengths in m/cm/mm. be able to measure and understand perimeters. Solve problems involving length; including using a range of methods and using mixed units of measure. (2 week block unit)


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 ‘Forces and magnets’ by:

  • Comparing how things move on different surfaces; including noticing contact between two objects.
  • Observe how magnets attract and repel different materials; including comparing and grouping such materials.
  • Recognising magnets as having ‘poles’.
  • Predicting magnetic force depending on polarity.



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 1 and 2, the children will learn about the history of Britain through an enquiry question; ‘How did life change from the Stone age to the Iron age?‘ The children will:

  • Understand BC and AD; placing key periods on a timeline..
  • Explore everyday life; comparing and contrasting factors such as food, homes and tools.
  • Understand  key changes over a long period of time.
  • Know about sources of evidence.
  • Learn about how maps give clues to the past.
  • Develop their ability to research and record.

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. This term, the children will  explore the geography of our local area as part of our topic work; including understanding symbols and contour lines, scales and different types of map.


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 1 and 2, Darwin will explore the theme of ‘Relationships’ by:

  • Thinking about the different relationships we have; developing and maintaining healthy connections.
  • Knowing why we have rules and creating our own class rules.
  • Learning how to mange and respond to ‘fall-outs’ with a program of ‘Conflict-management’ training.
  • Understanding how to respect equality and diversity in relationships.
  • Knowing how to respond to risky or negative relationships and how to ask for help. (Including Anti-bullying week’ in Term 2.)

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  ‘Art from other times, places and cultures’. The children will learn:

  • How to use different mark making techniques; including the use of different tools.
  • Knowing and using chalk, paint and ICT to create images.
  • How artists have created images over time, place and culture to record special events.

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 moving to music; showing a range of styles and choreographed sequences  as part of Tuesday afternoon dance sessions.
  • Developing a range of  ball skills (sending and receiving) as part of Wednesday enrichment tennis sessions. (Please ensure your child has warm joggers/hoodies and trainers for these 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 Christianity. They will:

  • Understand what the ‘Incarnation’ is and the significance behind this.
  • Explore the different ways Christians understand the meaning of Christmas.
  • Know about the meaning behind the ‘Christingle’.

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 food through history by;

    • Exploring and celebrating food through the ages; including tasting, making and understanding cooking styles and ingredients as part of a History Feast day!


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 presenting information by:

  • Using ‘photostory’ to represent and understand the Anzacs and commemoration of the end of WW1; including manipulating and improving digital images.
  • Using ‘word’ to produce posters about internet safety; including using search tools and developing an understanding of the world wide web.


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 and cultural music as part of our Monday ‘Singing worship’ sessions.