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Year 3 Expectations: Spoken Language

  • Sequence and communicate ideas in an organised and logical way in complete sentences as required
  • Vary the amount of detail and choice of vocabulary dependent on the purpose and audience
  • Participate fully in paired and group discussions
  • Show understanding of the main points in a discussion
  • Start to show awareness of how and when standard English is used
  • Retell a story using narrative language and added relevant detail
  • Show they have listened carefully through making relevant comments
  • Formally present ideas or information to an audience
  • Recognise that meaning can be expressed in different ways dependent on the context
  • Perform poems  from memory adapting expression and tone as appropriate


Year 3 Expectations: Word Reading

  • Apply knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to read aloud and to understand the meaning of  unfamiliar words
  • Read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word
  • Attempt pronunciation of unfamiliar words drawing on prior knowledge of similar looking words



  • Draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions
  • Use dictionaries to check the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Identify  main idea of a text
  • Identify how structure, and presentation contribute to the meaning of texts
  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction
  • Discuss books, poems and other works that are read aloud and independently, taking turns and listening to others’ opinions
  • Explain and discuss understanding of books, poems and other material, both those read aloud and those read independently
  • Prepare poems to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action


Year 3 Expectations: Transcription

  • Spell words with additional prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them to root words, for example – form nouns using super, anti, auto
  • Recognise and spell additional homophones, for example – he’ll, heel, heal
  • Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
  • Spell correctly word families based on common words, for example – solve, solution, solver
  • Spell identified commonly misspelt words from Year 3 and 4 word list
  • Make analogies from a word already known  to apply to an unfamiliar word
  • Identify the root in longer words
  • Use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters
  • Understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined
  • Increase the legibility, consistency and quality of handwriting


Year 3 Expectations: Composition

  • Look at and discuss models of writing of the text type, purpose and audience to  be written, noting: structure; grammatical features  and use of vocabulary
  • Compose sentences using a wider range of structures linked to the grammar objectives
  • Write a narrative with  a clear structure, setting, characters and plot
  • Write a non-narrative using simple organisational devices such as headings and sub-headings
  • Suggest improvement to writing through assessing writing with peers and self assess
  • Make improvements by proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, e.g. the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
  • Use a range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, e.g. when, if, because, although
  • Use the perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause
  • Use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause
  • Proof-read to check for errors in spelling and punctuation errors
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