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: Adventure stories

Using The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith, children look for examples of adverbs and adverbial phrases. They memorise a section of dialogue and use it as a basis for their own writing. In the second week the focus is on complex and compound sentences as children write an animal adventure story.

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Fiction 2: Plays and dialogues

Define proverb and work out the meanings. Identify and use adverbs and powerful verbs. Create characters using description, stage directions and dialogue. Compare dialogue and playscripts. Write and perform 2 playscripts: based on a proverb and on a Roald Dahl chapter.

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Fiction 3: Rivers, mountains and coasts

Read Michael Morpurgo’s Dolphin Boy  and write an imaginative recount about riding a dolphin. Explore characterisation and dilemmas in his book The Sandman and the Turtles  and write an alternative ending which includes dialogue. Explore word classes and the perfect tense.

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Non-fiction 1: Persuasive writing

Children explore and discuss adverts. They find key features of persuasive writing and use these with a twist, to persuade people NOT to buy! Using compound and complex sentences the children will then write a persuasive letter about their bedtime!

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Non-fiction 2: Non-chronological reports

Non-chronological report writing is no longer a boring topic! This plan is based around computer and video games where children will read reviews, play games and will be itching to write their own game reports! Grammar activities include work on prepositions, adverbs and conjunctions.

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Non-fiction 3: Recounts

Linked to our Topic Rivers and Mountains this unit can be taught alongside or discretely. Children learn features of recount writing and write their own recounts based on The Magical Garden of Monet and The Journey, before immersing themselves in the Kumaon region and writing a diary entry as a child living there.

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Poetry 1: Traditional poems

Read a selection of traditional poems by Charles Causley and Eleanor Farjeon with children. Explore the vocabulary of sounds and study the use of adjectives and adverbs/adverbials as descriptions. Children write poetry inspired by Sounds in the Evening and I am the Song. Poems: Sounds in the evening by Eleanor Farjeon, Quack said the Billy Goat by Charles Causley, There are big waves by Eleanor Farjeon, Bedtime by Eleanor Farjeon, White horses by Eleanor Farjeon

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Poetry 2: Shape poems

During this unit children will be immersed in shape poems. They read, recite and discuss a variety before writing their own, including poems using possessive apostrophes and relative clauses.

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Poetry 3: Animal poems

Animals! Animals! Animals! Children will be fully immersed in poems all about animals. They read, discuss and perform different styles of poems, comparing then collecting ones they like to create their own anthologies. They even write their own additions to their poetry collection.