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
10:50-12:15LiteracyLiteracyLiteracyLiteracyComputing/Art-Digital art
1:15-2.30Indoor PE-DanceCircle time/SwimmingEnrichment-Go Active GolfTopic-GeographyMusic-Recorders
2.30-3:00Collective 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:

  • Traditional tales (Two week unit)
  • Writing persuasive leaflets (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:

  • Addition-formal column method
  • Subtraction-formal column method.
  • Multiplication-multiplying 2 digit numbers using columns.
  • Division-formal ‘bus-stop’ method
  • Fractions-comparing, ordering and finding equivalent fractions.


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 continue to study ‘Animals, including humans’:

  • Understanding what ‘nutrition’ means, including the different types of nutrition and what a balanced diet might include.
  • Identifying different parts of the human skeleton, also exploring skeleton types in other living creatures and how muscles work for movement.
  • Exploring what ‘working scientifically’ means.
  • The children will also develop their skills through a focused ‘Science week’ this term.


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 farming through their Geography topic.

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 continue to explore how food and farming changes with time and place. They will:

  • Know about the geography of Britain and Wiltshire, including land types.
  • Explore how farming has changed over time.
  • Compare farming in our country, with farming in a different country.
  • Understand more about seasonality and food.
  • Learn about the compass points and capital cities in our country.

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 ‘My friends and family’ by:

  • Thinking about people close to them in their family circle.
  • Understanding that all families are different.
  • Reflecting on how friendships are made and sustained.

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  ‘Digital art’. The children will learn:

  • How to use different art programs using laptops and I-pads.
  • The  techniques of painting using digital programs.

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  dancing and exploring different styles, including choreographing their own dances, in Monday indoor PE sessions.
  • Developing competent styles in a range of strokes through Tuesday swimming sessions.
  • Exploring the skills, techniques and rules of  golf through our Wednesday enrichment sessions.

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 by:

  • Understanding the Easter story.
  • Exploring the teachings of Jesus through Bible stories.
  • Understanding why ‘Good Friday’ is good for Christians.

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 ‘Seasonal food’ by;

  • Investigating when different foods are grown and why..
  • Understanding the seasons of planting and growing
  • making their own food using seasonal and/or local products.

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.

Computing this term will be taught through Friday ‘Digital art’ sessions.


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 in Friday recorder lessons.