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Year 3 English

Autumn Term

This term students will study shape poetry and write their own verse. Through reading various Roald Dahl excerpts including the Fantastic Mr Fox they will have the opportunity to complete a variety of writing tasks and speaking and listening activities. They will also read the Hodgeheg, focusing on dialogue and writing adventure stories. In non-fiction we will be looking at non-chronological reports and letter writing during the build up to Christmas. The boys will also visit the Roald Dahl Museum where they will discover more about an element of Roald Dahl’s writing process and his life, have the unique opportunity to work with his drafts and letters, explore the Museum’s galleries with its 40 interactive installations and use Roald Dahl’s work as a model to produce their own work.

Spring Term

This term students will study fables and Roald Dahl stories, having the opportunity to complete a variety of written tasks and speaking and listening activities. Students will learn the difference between simple, compound and complex sentences and will practise using them in their writing along with powerful verbs and correct punctuation. They will also continue to develop their understanding of dialogue and how to use it effectively in creative writing. They will read examples of letters written for a range of purposes, write letters, notes and messages linked to work in other subjects. Students will also choose and prepare poems for performance, identifying appropriate expression, tone, volume and use of voices and other sounds.

Summer Term

Instructions and explanations

Persuasive writing

Roald Dahl stories

Plays and dialogue

Humorous and nonsense poems


Recognise the concept of a verb and use powerful verbs.

Using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time/cause.

Identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.

Use a wide range of connectives to extend sentences to include more than one clause

Use conjunctions

Use commas after or before phrases and clauses.

Use and punctuate direct speech

Learn how sentences can be joined in more complex ways through using a widening range of conjunctions in addition to ‘and’ and ‘then’, e.g.: if, so, while, though, since, when


Understand and use adverbs.

Use and punctuate direct speech

Use powerful verbs

Us Use and recognise nouns, adjectives and adjectival phrases.

Use conjunctions to express time or cause.  

Use possessive apostrophe with singular and plural nouns.

Recognise puns, homophones, homonyms and understand grammatical terminology

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