Darwin (Year 3)

Class teacher: Mrs Boyd (Mon-Thurs) Mrs Lisle (Friday)
Supported by: Mrs Barnard (Mon-Fri)


Darwin Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkSpellings and Tables Tests
1:15-2.30Springboard gymnasticsPE-Outdoor multi-skillsEnrichment-MusicTopic-HistoryArt
2.30-3:00Collective WorshipCollective Worship
Whole school singing worshipCollective Worship2.15 Celebration Assembly


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:

  • Reading and writing comprehension (One week unit)
  • Writing recount texts (One week unit )
  • Story structures (Two week unit)
  • Writing information posters (Two week unit)

Maths is taught daily from Monday to Thursday. Maths units are typically one week in length. 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:

  • Place value-reviewing reading, writing and ordering numbers.
  • Addition-adding mentally and adding with money accurately.
  • Subtraction-using the inverse to check answers and adding mentally.
  • Multiplication-reviewing times tables and multiplying any number by 10/100 mentally.
  • Division-halving mentally and linking division with multiplication.


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 ‘Rocks’ including;

  • Comparing and classifying rocks
  • Fossil formation
  • Linking rocks with soils and organic matter
  • How rocks are formed in different ways

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. This term, the children will   explore changes from the Stone age to the Iron age. They will:

  • Investigate key features of each period.
  • Understand how  and why changes came about.
  • Find key and understand key dates on  timelines, including BC and AD.
  • Explore and analyse evidence and sources.

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 practise and apply their mapping skills when finding key places and mapping symbols as part of our ‘Stone age to Iron age’ topic.

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. This term, Darwin will explore the theme of ‘Our Happy school’ by:

  • Thinking about how to make connections with people.
  • Understanding how to work as a pair/group/whole class team.
  • Exploring  how to  be assertive.

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  ‘Sketching’. The children will learn:

  • About the different types and effects of sketch pencils.
  • The  techniques of shading and perspective, including 3D effects.
  • How to sketch through observational drawing.

P.E.(Physical Education)
The children are 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:

  • Each Monday afternoon, developing their gym skills through coaching at Springboard gymnastics.
  • Each Tuesday afternoon, the children will be outdoors developing their ability to work as a team.  These will include, running, jumping and throwing skills as part of ‘mini-games’. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD HAS WARM OUTDOOR PE KIT AND TRAINERS-we will be going outside 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 by:

  • Understanding why Diwali is a special celebration for Hindus.
  • Exploring  Hindu ideas about rituals and belonging.
  • Understanding more about the Hindu religion; developing their skills in finding and retrieving information about it.

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 ‘Structures’ by;

  • Investigating ancient monuments and structures.
  • Understanding how structures are strengthened.
  • Designing and making their own Sutton Veny henge!

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.

During Term 1 the children will learn to:

  • Design and create content
  • Use music software to explore and create a short piece of music
  • Use a range of software to accomplish given goals


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 be developing their skills through weekly music enrichment sessions with Amanda Williams. They will focus particularly on the use of musical instruments.