Helping your Year 3 writer

What can I do to help at home?

There are lots of things that you can do at home together to support writing. We have put together some useful information to help develop the key skills.


Just as we have worked with Joe Wicks to keep our bodies fit and active, we need to keep the muscles we use for writing in good shape too.

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Keep those spelling skills in trim and make sure you know all of the spellings on the Year 3 and 4 list.

High frequency words are common words that make up the majority of written text. If you can spell the first 100 words and the next 200 words, you can be confident that you have a strong foundation for reading and writing.

All of the spelling patterns learnt in Year 3 are described in our Spelling Track Back. This also shows how each of the spelling patterns is supported by learning from the younger classes.

ICT Games has a collection free educational games that practise phonics, high frequency and common exception words.

Check out BBC Bitesize for guides to spelling at key stage 2.

SumDog has a host of fun games and activities to support spelling. It’s adaptive approach means that it will target challenges to each child’s needs.

Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation is developed through speaking and writing and by learning to recognise where it is used by others.

You can find out about the new learning for Year 3 in our guide to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. Just like spelling, this learning is supported by the skills mastered in the preceding years.

The grammatical terms that children are expected to know and use are described in our grammar glossary for Year 3.

SumDog has a host of fun games and activities to support spelling. It’s adaptive approach means that it will target challenges to each child’s needs.

BBC Bitesize provides clear guides to many of the grammar concepts introduced in key stage 2.

Top Marks provides fun games to support spelling, grammar and punctuation, writing and reading.

What does it mean to be writing at the expected standard?

The following statements describe the age-related expectations for the end of Year 3. Children should demonstrate each standard consistently in all of their writing.

The Year 3 child can:

  • write for a range of real purposes and audiences, beginning to develop an awareness of appropriate language and form (e.g. letter; report writing)
  • create settings, characters and plot in narrative
  • use speech punctuation correctly when following modelled writing
  • use some conjunctions ( e.g. and, because, when, even though), adverbs (e.g. often, quickly, very), and prepositions (e.g. next to, underneath, with) for cohesion and to add detail
  • use past and present tense mostly correctly (e.g. ran, wander) and begin to use other verb forms (e.g. will go, have eaten)
  • use the range of punctuation taught up to and including Y3 mostly correctly (e.g. apostrophes for possession, commas in lists)
  • spell correctly words from learning in previous year groups, and some words from the year 3/ year 4 spelling list, using phonic knowledge and other knowledge of spelling such as morphology, to spell words as accurately as possible
  • spell most common exception words
  • increase the legibility, consistency and quality of handwriting (e.g. by ensuring that downstrokes of letters are parallel and equidistant)
  • join letters with diagonal and horizontal strokes where appropriate.

So what does writing in Year 3 look like?

Securing the standards in writing requires the preceding standards to have been met. Children also need to demonstrate the standard consistently and independently across all of their writing. This piece of writing provides a snapshot of the expected standards of writing at the end of Year 3. The commentary explains how the standards have been met.