Darwin (Year 3)

Class teacher: Mrs Boyd (Mon-Thurs) Mrs Lisle (Friday)
Supported by: Mrs Nash and Mrs Hards (am), Mrs Johnson (pm)

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Darwin Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkSpellings and Tables Tests
1:15-2.30TopicPE-Indoor multi-skills1.15-1.45
Singing Worship
2.30-3:00Whole School AssemblyWhole School Assembly
Enrichment: Music
Whole School Assembly2.15 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 maths task to improve their mental agility. This term the focus will be on the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They also complete a daily handwriting task, focusing on letter formation and practising their weekly spellings. Children will then complete a comprehension reading card. This is also the time the children are heard read individually; usually once a fortnight. Friday mornings are for assessment of the children’s spellings and times table 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 workshop (One week unit)
  • Adventure and mystery writing (Two week unit )
  • Performance poetry (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:

  • Problem solving using column addition and subtraction
  • Problem solving using column multiplication and division ‘bus-stop’
  • Time 1-telling the time to the nearest minute, including Roman numerals
  • Time 2-Lengths of time in days/hours/months/years-calculating time differences
  • 3D shape, including calculating angles


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 ‘Green plants’ including;

  • The plant reproduction life cycle
  • Factors affecting growth
  • Different types of green plants and seed dispersal

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  continue to explore the history of Transport by answering the key question; ‘How did we get from there to here?’  They will:

  • Investigate the inventions of well-known transport
  • Understand how change in transport came about
  • Find key places and dates on maps and timelines
  • Explore current technology and think about transport for the future

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 for our ‘Transport’ 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 ‘Ready, Steady, Go’ by:

  • Thinking about how to prepare for change
  • Understanding how to stay safe away from school and online.
  • Exploring  how to keep ‘healthy minds’.

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  ‘Print’. The children will learn:

  • About patterns, including the effects of monochrome colours.
  • The effects and technique of printing using different materials.
  • How to rotate and repeat shapes to create different effects.

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 Tuesday afternoon, work as a team in mini- games as part of indoor  multi-skills lessons. The children will also develop their ability to understand games such as ‘Dodgeball’ and ‘Cups and saucers’.
  • The children will develop their Athletics  knowledge  through Thursday afternoon games sessions. These will include, running, jumping and throwing skills.

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 the River Ganges is a sacred place for Hindus.
  • Exploring  Hindu ideas about rituals and festivals relating to the river.
  • 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 cooking by;

  • Investigating types of biscuits.
  • Practising their biscuit making skills.
  • Designing and baking their own biscuits!

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 apply their computing skills learnt throughout the year, in different subject lessons.

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.