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English

English

 

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

 

In our reading and English lessons, we will be jumping deep into the world of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third and how he trains his dragon! 'How to Train Your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell will provide us with the story of a young Viking boy looking for a purpose and role in his fathers tribe. We will be experts by the end of the term!

 

We will be using this text to help guide us through lots of genres of writing! The first genre we are embarking on is a character description of Hiccup himself. Keep your eyes peeled for this, it is going to be fantastic!

 

Writing

 

By the end of Year 3, we would expect children to be able to:

  • begin to use ideas from own reading and modelled examples to plan their writing
  •  demonstrate an increasing understanding of purpose and audience
  •  begin to use the structure of a wider range of text types (including the use of simple layout devices in non-fiction)
  •  proof-read their own and others’ work to check for errors with increasing accuracy, and make improvements
  • make deliberate ambitious word choices to add detail
  •  begin to create settings, characters and plot in narratives
  •  begin to organise their writing into paragraphs around a theme
  • maintain the correct tense (including present perfect tense) throughout a piece of writing
  • use inverted commas in direct speech
  • use subordinate clauses
  • begin to use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to show time, place and cause.
  • use ‘a’ or ‘an’ correctly most of the time
  • spell many words with prefixes correctly, e.g. irrelevant, autograph, incorrect, disobey, superstar, antisocial
  •  spell many words with suffixes correctly, e.g. usually, poisonous, adoration
  •  begin to spell homophones correctly, e.g. which and witch
  •  spell some of the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling words correctly
  • use a neat, joined handwriting style with increasing accuracy.

 

These are the Year 3 and 4 common exception words. How many can you already read and spell? 

Reading

 

During Year 3, we will read, listen to and discuss a range of different types of texts! These will include; fiction, poetry, plays non-fiction and textbooks. We will build on the skills and knowledge that we learnt in Key Stage One by making sensible predictions, thinking about the author's choice of language and using the text to draw inferences on characters' feelings, thoughts and motives, as well as other aspects of reading! 

 

Keep a look out on our ClassDojo and school Facebook page, you might just hear us reading a snippet of our favourite book!

 

Here are some websites to help you further develop your reading and writing skills at home!

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