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What will my child learn in Year 3?


Reading Comprehension

  • Reading fluently is increasingly important however understanding what he/she is reading is also very important.
  • Children in Year 3 may listen to and discuss a variety of stories, non-fiction texts, poetry, plays and textbooks in order to understand that texts are structured in different ways and written for different purposes.
  • Year 3 students should be encouraged to use a dictionary to understand meaning of words they don’t know.
  • Children might be expected to retell traditional and fairy stories, also myths or fables, in detail.
  • They may also work on writing poems and plays to read aloud and perform using the correct intonation and volume.
  • When reading poetry, children will be encouraged to recognise different types of poetry, e.g tongue twisters or riddles.
  • As well as understanding books they listen to, children will hopefully be understanding books they can read independently by checking that their reading makes sense, asking questions, inferring character feelings, thoughts and actions and justifying with evidence. They will also be asked to make predictions and summarise the main ideas within a section of text.
  • Inference involves using the clues in the story or picture to make a good guess. It involves figuring something out which isn’t fully explained and draws on a child’s existing knowledge of the world. Children will also be encouraged to look back in the text so they can find the answer to a question.


Writing and Spelling

  • Your child will learn to use a wide range of prefixes (a group of letters added to the beginning of a word to change its meaning) such as in-, re-, sub-, dis- and mis- and suffixes (a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning) such as –ation and –ous.
  • In addition to this, children in Year 3 will also learn how to spell a wider range of homophones (words which sound the same but are spelt differently such as hear/here, some/sum)
  • Children will also learn to place the possessive apostrophe in the right place (e.g the lady’s bag, Lewis’ jumper).



  • Generally, children in Year 3 will continue to work on joining letters together so that they are always joining up their handwriting. Emphasis should be on the quality and consistency of the handwriting.


Writing - Composition

  • Planning writing

In order to fully understand the structure and style of the text that they are writing in, they may be exposed to different texts of that type.

  • Drafting and writing

Year 3 Children may practise planning the sentences in their heads before writing them down, consciously including an interesting range of vocabulary. Children might also learn how to write in paragraphs and structure content well including all the necessary features of that writing style.

  • Evaluate and edit

Children will be encouraged to regularly assess the effectiveness of their own and other’s writing, suggesting improvements and proof reading for grammar, spelling or punctuation errors. Children will keep in mind the level they are writing at and what they can do to achieve the next level.

  • Finally, children will be taught how to use intonation when reading their writing out loud and vary the volume so what they are reading is clearly heard.


Writing - Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
  • In Year 3, your child may work on accurate punctuation including speech punctuation (e.g start writing speech for a new speaker on a new line and ending speech with a form of punctuation mark before closing speech marks).
  • They may also practise when to use ‘a’ or ‘an’ depending on whether the next word begins with a consonant or vowel (an + vowel as first letter of the word).
  • Within text, children will be encouraged to use appropriate headings and sub-headings, using the correct tense throughout.
  • Finally, children will be taught different ways of starting sentences and joining sentences with words such as next, soon, however, although, after, so, while, before.

Glossary of terms used in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

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