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Year 3 SPAG Overview

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar requirements to be covered within Year 3


Transcription/spelling Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them.
Spell further homophones.
Spell words that are often misspelt.
Begin to place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals [for example, girls’, boys’] and in words with irregular plurals [for example, children’s].
Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary.
Write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught so far.


Vocabulary, Punctuation and Grammar Begin to extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although.
Use the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense.
Use and understand the grammatical terminology in Year 3 grammar accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing and reading. (word family, conjunction, adverb, preposition, direct speech, inverted commas (or “speech marks”), prefix, consonant, vowel, consonant letter, vowel letter, clause, subordinate clause )
Begin to use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.
Understand the formation of nouns using a range of prefixes [for example super–, anti–, auto–] (see appendix)
Understand the use of the forms ‘a’ or ‘an’ according to whether the next word begins with a consonant or a vowel.
Understand word families based on common words, showing how words are related in form and meaning [for example, solve, solution, solver, dissolve, insoluble].
Understand paragraphs as a way to group related material.
Use headings and sub-headings to aid presentation.
Begin to use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech.