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At the end of Year 3, children are expected to achieve the following objectives in Writing:


Stage 3



Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them (English Appendix 1)

Spell further homophones

Spell words that are often misspelt (English Appendix 1)

Use the first 2 or 3 letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary

Handwriting and Presentation


Use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined.



Plan their writing by:

  1. discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write.
  2. discussing and recording ideas

Draft and write by:

  1. composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue)
  2. beginning to organise paragraphs around a theme
  3. in narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
  4. in non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices

Evaluate and edit by:

  1. beginning to assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggest basic improvements
  2. proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary

Proofread for spelling and punctuation errors

Read their own writing aloud, to a group using appropriate intonation.

Vocabulary, grammar & punctuation


Develop their understanding of the concepts set out in Appendix 2 by:

  1. using adverb starters to add detail
  2. extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using and, or, but
  3. extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using when, if, because, although
  4. beginning to learn the grammar for years 3 and 4 in Appendix 2

Indicate grammatical and other features by:

  1. indicating possession by using the possessive apostrophe with singular and plural nouns
  2. using and punctuating direct speech

Use and understand the grammatical terminology in Appendix 2 accurately and appropriately in discussing their writing and reading.