Darwin (Year 3)

Mrs Clair Chatwin

Class Teacher (Monday - Thursday)

Mrs Alison Kjaer

Class Teacher (Fridays)

Miss Griffin

Teaching Partner

Suggestions for helping at home.docx


Welcome to Darwin class! We hope the information on our class page will help you support your child at home. We encourage regular practise of reading, spelling and times tables outside school as homework.

This term, we will continue to read daily: both our class story and our poem of the day.  We will be using Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ method to support our reading, writing and storytelling which will focus on the following genres.

  • Mystery Stories
  • Story continuation
  • Performance poetry and drama  


Please listen to your child read aloud daily and sign their link book.

The children should try to read a variety of genres, little and often; to keep up their key skills and develop a love of reading. Warminster library will order books for free if your child is a member; a great way to keep up with the latest authors. They could also listen to audio books, read to younger members of the family, or be read to; in order to immerse themselves in literacy as much as possible. They could read to a Teddy or a pet!

Any type of writing they do will be beneficial. Writing their own weekly comments in their link book is a necessary part of their homework. Try to encourage accurate spelling and punctuation whenever they write, especially when writing their own comments in their link book.

We are using the White Rose maths scheme to inspire our teaching and learning in maths.  This scheme encourages creative thinking and problem solving, developing reason skills. This term, we will study:


  •        explore pounds and pence
  •        convert between pounds and pence
  •        add and subtract money
  •        work out change


  •        Roman Numerals
  •        Telling the time on analogue and digital clocks
  •        Using am and pm
  •        Understand years, months and days
  •        Understand hours, minutes and seconds


  •        Recognise and draw various 2D shapes
  •        Study turns and angles
  •        Draw polygons


  •        Interpret and draw pictograms and bar charts
  •        Collect and represent data


The children will continue to practise key maths skills through their early morning work- a 10 or 15 minute session each morning to practise speedy recall of number facts and maths skills learnt in previous terms. The children will continue do a weekly times tables test; moving through the times tables at their own individual pace; supported by work in school.


Our Science topic for term 6 is ‘Plants’.  We will be working scientifically to:

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
  • investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal


History and Geography

In terms 5 and 6, the children will explore ‘Wiltshire at War’ and investigating the question: ’How did WW1 change Wiltshire?’:

  •        What was World War 1 – understanding where and basic reasons why it happened
  •        Role Sutton Veny had in World War 1
  •        Training on Salisbury Plain
  •        Farming at that time and the changing role of women
  •        Spanish flu
  •        Before and after World War 1


The children will participate in yoga as their Enrichment subject on Wednesday afternoons where they will learn and practise various yoga postures and breathing techniques.  The children will participate in athletics on Friday afternoons developing their running, long jump and throwing skills.


RE is taught weekly and worship is held daily.  This term the children will be studying Christianity and exploring the question: When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?  We will also be exploring Pentecost traditions in Hungary, Poland and Russia.


This term, the children will be looking at typical Wiltshire food.


PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education)

During terms 5 and 6, the children will be learning about physical health and emotional well-being during our weekly PSHE lessons.  These sessions promote lots of discussion and will help the children to understand there is a normal range of emotions (e.g. happy/sad/anger/fear/surprise/nervous), that all humans experience in relation to different experiences and situations.  They will be taught how to find help and understand decision making. They will also discuss concerns or worries both within and out of school, key learning behaviours enabling children to follow our school rules of safe, respect and learn.  They will continue to explore how to be a good friend and good role model and how to be kind to each other.  


The children will explore the lyrics of hymns during our weekly hymn practise and daily worship. 




If you would like to support your child's maths learning, here is a link to some free booklets which are similar to the work we do in the classroom: