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Year 3 English Curriculum Overview

Writing

Phonic & Whole word spelling

• use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them
• place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals and in words with irregular plurals
• use the first 2 or 3 letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary

Other word building spelling

• write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught so far.

Transcription

• use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined
• increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting

Handwriting

• discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar

Contexts for Writing

• discussing and recording ideas
• composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures

Planning Writing

• organising paragraphs around a theme
• in narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
• in non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices (headings & subheadings)

Drafting Writing

• assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
• proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
• proofread for spelling and punctuation errors

Editing Writing

• read their own writing aloud, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.

Performing Writing

• extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although
• choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition
• using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause (and place)

Vocabulary

• using the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense
• form nouns using prefixes (super-, anti-)
• use the correct form of 'a' or 'an'
• word families based on common words (solve, solution, dissolve, insoluble)

Grammar
(edited to reflect content in Appendix 2)

• using and punctuating direct speech (i.e. Inverted commas)

Punctuation
(edited to reflect content in Appendix 2)

adverb, preposition conjunction, word family, prefix, clause, subordinate clause, direct speech, consonant, consonant letter vowel, vowel letter, inverted commas (or ‘speech marks’)

Grammatical Terminology

• use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them
• place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals and in words with irregular plurals
• use the first 2 or 3 letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary

 

 

 Reading

Decoding

*using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read

Range of Reading

*checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
*asking questions to improve their understanding of a text
*identifying main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising these

Familiarity with texts

*drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence

Poetry & Performance

*predicting what might happen from details stated and implied

Word meanings

*discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
*identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning

Understanding

*retrieve and record information from non-fiction

Inference

*participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say

Prediction

*using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read

Authorial Intent

*checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
*asking questions to improve their understanding of a text
*identifying main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising these

Non-fiction

*drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence

Discussing reading

*predicting what might happen from details stated and implied