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
10:50-12:15LiteracyLiteracyLiteracyLiteracyVoice tuition/PSHE
1:15-2.30Indoor PE-Gym skillsTopic-HistoryEnrichment-DanceArtComputing
2.30-3:00Collective Worship Collective WorshipWhole school singing 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:

  • Writing instructions (Two week unit)
  • Introduction to play-scripts (Two week unit )
  • Writing a story from a given ‘starter’ paragraph (One 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:

  • Place value and puzzle solving with numbers.
  • Answering written word problems using all four operations.
  • Mass-comparing, converting and ordering.
  • Length and perimeter-measuring and converting lengths accurately.
  • Assessment of numeracy work taught this year.


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 ‘Forces, including magnets’ by:

  • Comparing movement on different surfaces.
  • Observing force in relation to magnets.
  • Comparing and investigating materials and magnetism.
  • Understanding poles and magnets.
  • Predicting and reasoning as part of scientific investigations.



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 ‘My healthy mind and body’ by:

  • Thinking about what being healthy means, including the impact of physical activity.
  • Understanding what a balanced diet entails.
  • Reflecting on how your mind can be kept ‘healthy’.

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  ‘Paper craft’. The children will learn:

  • How to use different paper techniques such as quilling and collaging.
  • The  use of sketch to base work on.
  • How artists have used paper art 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  dancing and exploring different styles, as part of dance enrichment sessions taught by Mrs Poolman on a Wednesday.
  • Developing strength and suppleness and controlled shapes and balances as part of school gym skill sessions on a Monday.

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 and Hinduism as part of a comparing religions study. They will:

  • Understand what makes books sacred and what this term means.
  • Explore the different holy books and scriptures from these religions.
  • Understand how these texts impact the lives of believers.

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;

    • Investigating the different ways Ancient Egyptians problem solved as part of their everyday lives.

We will also be attempting some of the skills ourselves as part of a series of mini, timed challenges!

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 study ‘Coding’ by:

  • Designing a sequence of instructions.
  • Writing programs to achieve a set of goals.
  • Understanding ‘input’ and ‘output’.
  • Recognising and using repeat instructions.


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 Hymn practice.