Darwin (Year 3)

Class teacher: Sallie 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
9:30-10:30NumeracyNumeracyNumeracyNumeracyIndoor PE-Gymnastics floor skills
PSHE-Living in the wider world
/Voice Tuition
1:15-2.30Outdoor games-Multi skillsTopic-GeographyEnrichment-FrenchArt-Colour mixing and painting.Science (with computing elements)
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:

  • Storytelling-Fantastic Mr Fox (One week unit)
  • Writing in first person-‘Cliffhanger’ (Two week unit )
  • Letter Writing (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-Recall and use division and multiplication facts for the times tables I know, Solving problems including missing numbers and different representations of numbers, Multiplying 2 digit numbers by one digit using grid method, or column multiplication. (3 week block unit)
  • Measurement-Time-Estimate and read time to the nearest minute with increasing accuracy, record and compare times, Use the vocabulary of time, Know days of months, years and leap years, Compare the duration of events. (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 ‘Animals including humans’ by:

  • Identifying different purposes and parts of the skeleton.
  • Observe how muscles and joints work.
  • Understanding how blood is pumped around the body.
  • Investigating exercise and pulse rates.



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 3 and 4, the children will learn about the history of farming in Britain 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. In term’s 3 and 4, the children will  explore ‘How is food and farming different across time and place’? by:

  • Naming and knowing countries, and counties, of the UK.
  • Be able to locate Wiltshire and understand it’s geography; know how it is different to other parts of the UK.
  • Learn about the foods Wiltshire is famous for.
  • Compare and contrast farming in Wiltshire and part of America.
  • Understand how farming has changed with time.
  • Be able to recognise foods that Britain can grow, understanding import and ‘fairtrade’ farming.


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 3 and 4, Darwin will explore the theme of ‘Living in the wider world’ by:

Knowing about rights and responsibilities, including being a family member and in relation to the UN ‘rights of the child.’

Appreciating and respecting their own and others cultures.

Knowing about the difference between right and wrong; in relation to school and the laws of Britain.

Know about money; where it comes from, keeping it safe, and managing a budget.

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  ‘Colour mixing and painting’. The children will learn:

  • How to create different effects using paint.
  • Knowing and understanding colour mixing; including colour wheels.
  • How artists have created images using colour, paint and it’s effects.

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 developing floor skills used in gym routines on Friday mornings.
  • Developing a range of  skills needed to participate in a variety of sports on Monday afternoon outdoor sessions (Please ensure your child has warm joggers/hoodies and trainers for Friday 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 ‘miracles’ are and the significance behind these stories.
  • Explore the different ways Christians believe Jesus could perform miracles..
  • Know about the meaning of the ‘Gospels’.

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 ‘Problem solving’ by;

    • Exploring their design and problem solving skills in a series of ‘unseen’ tasks.
    • Developing their team work, communication and negotiation skills when working as part of a team.


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 more about researching and presenting information by:

  • Using the internet safely to research during Science lessons.
  • Using I-pads to take photos and images to represent Science findings.


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 Friday ‘Voice tuition’ sessions with Caroline.