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Year 3 Free Grammar and Punctuation

Ruth Merttens By Ruth Merttens

PowerPoint Presentations for Year 3 of the Grammar and Punctuation Scheme of Work

If you are teaching Year 4 and are using Hamilton Catch-up Materials, the RED text in your Responses Document refers to the presentations on this page.  

Extend sentences with more than one clause using Conjunctions
Co-ordination: using ‘and’, ‘or’ and ‘but’ (compound sentences)
Subordination: using a wider range of conjunctions to add subordinate clauses (complex sentences).
Extend children’s use of longer sentences in their writing, so they frequently use sentences with at least one subordinate clause.
Use joining words (conjunctions) such as: and, or, but, if, when, where, because, so, although, etc.
Terminology: Conjunction, Clause

Add Information about Time, Cause and Place using conjunctions, prepositions and Adverbs
Encourage children to use conjunctions to add subordinate clauses, prepositions to add phrases and adverbs. All of these can tell us when, where or how something happened.
We were on our way to lunch, when the UFO landed. (Conjunction - time)
Silently, we crept along the hedge to see better. (Adverb - how, Preposition - where.)

Use and recognise Nouns, Adjectives and qualifying Adverbs
When writing descriptions, use a wider variety of language.
Explain what a noun is, and how an adjective or adjectival phrase can modify the noun.
Mrs Coles’ house was noisy, loud and messy.
The messy and rather overcrowded room was bubbling with noise.

Terminology: Noun, Adjective, Adverb

Use powerful verbs; understand Tense in verbs, use continuous and perfect forms
Explain the concept of a verb and encourage children to use powerful verbs in their writing
Not: I went out of the room but I stormed out of the room or I plodded out of the room or
I crept out of the room...

Recognise that verbs have tense, and relate the tense to the type of writing. E.g. narrative is usually past tense, description can be present tense.
She ran along the road and saw the robber vanishing down a trapdoor.
My friend has red hair, blue eyes and is always telling jokes.

Terminology: Verb, Tense, Continuous, Progressive, Perfect form

Use Dialogue in narrative or drama
Start by relating speech bubbles to speech marks. Make sure what is inside the speech bubble (marks) is what we or the characters SAY.
“I’m hungry!” yelled the big, bad wolf. “Give me some FOOD!”
Terminology: Inverted commas or Speech marks, Direct speech


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