English

Welcome to our class English page! Throughout year 3 we will be looking at a variety of different elements of English outlined in the national curriculum programme of study for year 3. Here you will be able to find out a little more about what we are getting up to in English throughout year 3...

As a new scheme to The Arches, classes will this year be working with Literacy Counts to deliver their across school Read to Write (RtW) modules;

"Read to Write empowers teachers to provide high-quality teaching of writing through high-quality literature. These detailed units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum and they also signpost wider curriculum enrichments.

These units are being implemented with great success because they also provide:

  • Clear sequential Episodes of Learning
  • Model Texts linked to writing outcomes within the unit
  • Vocabulary learning and contextualised spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Wider reading for the wider curriculum
  • Curriculum Enrichments
  • A wealth of resources
  • Explicit links to the national curriculum

Read to Write is evidence-based teaching of writing. These units have been carefully mapped out so the entire statutory curriculum for English is covered for each year group. They also enable schools to draw upon the wider curriculum, which supports schools to build rich curriculums."

Although our learning will primarily focus on these units, a variety of linguistic skills are developed alongside these class texts. Although this is covered in great detail within these units, Violet will spend additional time exploring grammatical learning such as homophones, tenses, suffixes, prefixes, conjunctions, fronted adverbials, adverbs and a lot more spelling, punctuation and grammar! As a class, we are always aiming to better our writing skills and are looking forward to incorporating this into our writing. 

Autumn term

As our first RtW unit of the year, this term Violet are extremely excited to be taking part in their first year 3 English unit based on a picture book! Written by Aaron Becker, 'Return' is the exciting finale of his infamous trilogy which also includes Journey and Quest. Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It’s her third journey into the enticing realm of kings and emperors, castles and canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes. This time, it will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home, as a gripping backstory is revealed that will hold readers in its thrall.

Within this unit, children will be focusing on accessing a higher level of writing, using ambitious vocabulary and grammatical frameworks and independently producing high quality pieces that WOW everyone who reads them. With a focus on ultimately writing a setting description and travel report, by the end of this unit, Violet will have looked at;

  • setting predictions
  • unfmailiar word definitions (dictionary work)
  • synonyms and antonyms (thesaurus work)
  • word classes
  • comprehension of the text
  • poetry
  • paragraphs
  • prepositional phrases
  • language features
  • similes
  • purpose and audience
  • text analysis
  • text planning and drafting
  • figurative language
  • setting descriptions
  • report writing
  • tenses

Spring term

During this term, Violet will be exploring their second RtW unit of the year - Seen and Not Heard by Katie May Green. As another truly original picture book full of atmosphere and magic that is perfect for children with wild imaginations and anarchic spirits, in a big old house, up creaky stairs, in a silent little nursery full of dolls and teddy bears, you'll find the children of Shiverhawk Hall. They're children in pictures on the wall - seen and not heard... So begins the story where we meet dainty little Lily Pinksweet, the Plumseys, clever Billy Fitzbillian, kind Percy and the De Villechild twins (who are perfect angels)... They all look so sweet and good, just like children should, but when night-time comes and there's no one to see, the children climb out from the quiet of their picture frames and they run riot and they run free!

Within this unit, children will continue to focus on accessing a higher level of writing, using ambitious vocabulary and grammatical frameworks and independently producing high quality pieces that WOW everyone who reads them. With a focus on ultimately writing a character narrative and set of instructions, by the end of this unit, Violet will have looked at;

  • character narrative
  • instruction writing (how to be a mischievous child)
  • text analysis
  • text planning and drafting
  • comprehension of the text
  • text predictions and questioning
  • sensory exploration
  • expanded noun phrases
  • inverted commas
  • text purpose
  • vocabuary defining and synonym/antonym finding
  • prefixes and suffixes
  • language features
  • paragraph structuring
  • reader effect
  • editing and proof reading

Summer term

Throughout the final term of the year, Violet will look at their final RtW unit - Jemmy Button by Valerio Vidali. Inspired by the true story of Jemmy Button - a native boy from Tierra del Fuego who was brought to England to be 'civilised' - this book illustrates Jemmy's extraordinary encounters as an outsider in an unfamiliar land and his emotional return home. 

Within this final unit, children will continue to focus on accessing a higher level of writing, using ambitious vocabulary and grammatical frameworks and independently producing high quality pieces that WOW everyone who reads them. With a focus on ultimately writing a return story and letter, by the end of this unit, Violet will have looked at;

  • return story writing
  • letter writing
  • text analysis
  • language features
  • text structures
  • writer effects
  • purpose, audience and form
  • planning/revising and drafting/editing/
  • text predictions and questions
  • mood stimulating vocabulary
  • sentence work/structure
  • vocabuary defining and synonym/antonym finding
  • word classes
  • text atmosphere/mood
  • comprehension of text

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