Darwin (Year 3)

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


Darwin Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkSpellings and Tables Tests
1:15-2.30Topic-HistoryIndoor PE-multi skillsEnrichment-Wiltshire Wildlife TrustOutdoor games-AthleticsComputing
2.30-3:00Collective Worship Collective 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:

  • Reading comprehension-using inference skills (One week unit)
  • Writing adventure and mystery stories (Two week unit )
  • Performing and writing ‘Performance’ poetry(Two week unit)


Investigating fleeces

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:

  • Confidently using column addition, solving problems and working out puzzles.
  • Confidently using column subtraction, solving problems and working out puzzles.
  • Confidently using column multiplication and bus stop method, solving problems and working out puzzles.
  • Reading the time on an analogue/digital/24 hour clock, also using Roman numerals.
  • Calculating the duration of events. Knowing days in each month/year/leap year.
  • Understanding how to compare, find and calculate fractions. (Summary)


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 ‘Plants’ by:

  • Identifying and describing t functions of different parts of flowering plants.li>
  • Exploring the requirements of plans for life and growth, and how they vary from plant to plant.
  • Investigating the way in which water is transported in plants.
  • Exploring the part that flowers play in plant reproduction.



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. This term, the children will learn about the history of Egypt through an enquiry question; ‘What can we learn about and from Ancient Egypt?’ The children will:

  • Learn how and where Ancient Egypt was in time and place.
  • Explore everyday life, with a focus on farming.
  • Understand the ruling system.
  • Know about sources of evidence.
  • Learn about the beliefs and practices about death and the afterlife.
  • Develop their understanding about key characters, and why their rule came to an end.

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 Egypt as part of our topic work.


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. This term, Darwin will explore the theme of ‘Ready, steady go!by:

  • Thinking about personal safety, and what this means in a range of different situations.
  • Understanding how change happens and how we can mange change.
  • Using guided imagery to help manage ‘uncomfortable’ feelings.

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  ‘Printing’. The children will learn:

  • How to use different printing techniques.
  • The  use of sketch to base work on.
  • How artists have used printing over history.

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 and developing strength, suppleness and skill as part of Tuesday afternoon ‘multi-skills’ sessions in the hall.li>
  • Developing a range of throwing, jumping and running skills as part of Thursday afternoon Athletics sessions. **Please ensure your child has shorts, not jogging bottoms for these sessions-they may also need a hat if the weather is hot.**

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 makes the River Ganges sacred and what this term means.
  • Explore the different ways the river is used for different ceremonies.
  • Understand how Hindus and non-Hindus may react to the River Ganges.

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 cultural and historical food.


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 practise a range of computing skills learnt over the course of the year.


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 whole school performance ‘The Peace Child’.