National Curriculum

Year 3 English Plans

We provide Hamilton Year 3 English both as weekly plans (below) and as flexible blocks. We will eventually be phasing out the plans, as we believe our flexible blocks offer you all of the same advantages and more. Find out more about the advantages of Hamilton's flexible blocks.

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Fiction 1: Stories by the same author

Using the delightful illustrations and books of Michael Foreman (Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish and I'll Take You to Mrs Cole), children have many opportunities to practice simple, compound and complex sentences with powerful verbs. They then create their own stories based around I'll Take You to Mrs Cole, by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman.

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Fiction 2: Stories from other cultures

Children have plenty of opportunities to explore Indian folk tales and myths, read Seasons of Splendour by Madhur Jaffrey, and The Tiger Child by Joanna Troughton, before performing their own oral re-telling and written adaptations. They will learn about adverbial clauses to make their writing more interesting and use commas to organize their writing.

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Fiction 3: Roman Myths

Using The Orchard Book of Roman Myths and Hamilton Group Reader: Romulus & Remus, children read, explore and discuss myths; role-play being Roman gods and retell myths from different perspectives.  They research and write their own myths, presenting them to an audience. Grammar includes: punctuating speech; conjunctions for time and cause; using grammatical terminology.

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Non-fiction 1: Instructions and explanations

Children will learn about instructions and explanations based around the glitzy world of the game show. They will learn about features of explanations before going on to write their own based on a game show with a special treat at the end.

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Non-fiction 2: Non-chronological reports

Children study the structure and language features of non-chronological reports (DK Children’s Book of Sport, and DK Eyewitness Guide: Football by Hugh Hornby) before planning, researching and finally composing their own sports report. At the end of the plan the class explore persuasive language and different points of view, ending in a debate.

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Non-fiction 3: Newspaper Reports

All about the Romans and Pompeii, children will be immersed in what life was like in Roman times by research, role-play, Escape to Pompeii and The Roman Record. They will then write a variety of recounts to create a Roman newspaper.

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Non-fiction 4: Letters

Christmas is coming. This fun plan builds up to Christmas with writing letters to Father Christmas, learning about tense, writing in the 3rd person and using powerful verbs, and reading Dear Father Christmas by Alan Durant. Hamilton Group Reader, The Christmas Story, demonstrates how to write a good letter.

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Poetry 1: Creating images

Use a selection of poems to explore how to create images using words, Daddy Fell into the Pond by Alfred Noyes (Read Me chosen by Gaby Morgan) The Bug Chant by Tony Mitton (The Works chosen by Paul Cookson) and I Like this Poem by Kaye Webb. Children find and use adjectives and adjective phrases to convert a poem to prose. Use their voice to add excitement to a poem performance and compose poems using the themes of animals and weather.

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Poetry 2: Humorous poems

Children will enjoy these humorous poems about teachers which will inspire learning about powerful verbs, verb tenses, adverbs and adverbial phrases. Children use the poems they read as models for writing their own verses and poems.

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Poetry 3: Poems from Around the World

Children are immersed in a diverse range of festival and celebration poems from around the world. Read Let’s Celebrate! edited by  Debjani Chatterjee and Brian D’arcy as you learn how to discuss, edit and improve a poem. Revise and learn about the function of adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs.