Year 3 English

This term we will learn to write warning stories, diary entries and non-chronological reports.  We will look at a variety of poetry forms relating to feelings, including cinquains and haikus.

After revising some of the year 2 grammar to consolidate the children's understanding of simple and compound sentences, our writing will involve learning to use of inverted commas to demarcate direct speech, adverbs to indicate time, place and manner and adding description through the use of noun phrases and figurative devices.

For the first part of autumn, children will revisit the spelling patterns and common exception words learned in Year 2 before beginning the Read, Write Inc programme for Year 3.


In the spring term we will be exploring the stories of Aesopís Fables, writing newspaper reports and our own version of a fable.  Having read Journey by Aaron Becker, the children will write their own journey story.

We will consolidate our learning of speech punctuation and the use of apostrophes for contraction and to show possession.  We will also start to write complex sentences, using a range of subordinating conjunctions.

Our spellings will continue to follow the Read, Write Inc programme.


During the first part of the summer term we will write stories about defeating monsters and explore the genre of quests which will link closely with our Ancient Egyptians topic in the second half of the term.

Non-fiction writing will involve writing instructions and we will write letters to persuade.

Having completed the Read, Write Inc programme, we will spend this time learning the common exception words for Year 3.