Reading Curriculum – Year 3

Assessing Reading – Year 3 Expectations

Word Reading

  • Apply knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to read aloud and to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word
  • Attempt pronunciation of unfamiliar words drawing on prior knowledge of similar looking words

Reading Comprehension

  • Experience and discuss a range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction, reference books or textbooks
  • Know that non-fiction books are structured in different ways and be able to use them effectively
  • Begin to understand that narrative books are structured in different ways, for example, quest stories and stories with dilemmas
  • Ask questions to improve understanding of a text
  • Predict what might happen from details stated
  • Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions
  • Use dictionaries to check the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Identify main idea of a text
  • Identify how structure, and presentation contribute to the meaning of texts
  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction
  • Discuss books, poems and other works that are read aloud and independently, taking turns and listening to others’ opinions
  • Explain and discuss understanding of books, poems and other material, both those read aloud and those read independently
  • Prepare poems to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action

Assessing Reading – Year 3 Mastery

Reading-Exceeding Statements

  • Skim materials and note down different views and arguments
  • Pause appropriately in response to punctuation and/or meaning
  • Justify predictions by referring to the story
  • Begin to find meaning beyond the literal, e.g. the way impressions of people are conveyed through choice of detail and language
  • Read ahead to determine direction and meaning in a story
  • Investigate what is known about the historical setting and events and their importance to the story
  • Deduce from the evidence in the text what characters are like
  • Explore figurative language and the way it conveys meaning succinctly
  • Identify the way a writer sets out to persuade
  • Explore the relationship between a poet and the subject of a poem

Writing-Exceeding Statements

  • Use adjectives and adverbs with confidence, and attempt to think of different ones to use in different situations
  • Give careful thought to the planning of writing and re-read it as a matter of course
  • Ensure that descriptions have just enough detail to help the reader gain a better understanding about the way the story is unfolding
  • Use words that have not been used before when describing events, characters, and feelings
  • Use powerful verbs to show character or add impact
  • Vary sentences, adding phrases to make the meaning more precise
  • Include descriptions of events and characters in a variety of styles and can sometimes contain humour
  • Describe characters and include feelings and emotions when needed
  • Choose the most appropriate style of writing to suit the needs of the situations, e.g.: poems, lists, letters, reports
  • Check punctuation and use speech marks and apostrophes accurately