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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.


Please find examples of work, different methods and techniques modeled or explained within the sublinks below for you to use at home whilst learning with your child.

End of Year 3 Expectations

Working Towards Expected Standard:

  • Write sentences and paragraphs that make sense and suit the intended purpose, audience and genre.
  • Use capital letters at the start of sentences and a full stop at the end of a sentence.
  • Use capital letters for proper nouns.
  • Use a question mark to punctuate a question and an exclamation mark to punctuate an exclamation.
  • Use commas to separate items in a list.
  • Use apostrophes correctly for contraction and possession (singular)
  • Use co-ordinating (or, and, but) and subordinating (when, if, that, because) conjunctions to join main clauses.
  • Use past, present and progressive tenses correctly.
  • Spell all Year 1 and 2 common exception words, and some of Year 3 correctly and apply spelling rules taught in Year 2.
  • Handwriting is joined in line with school policy.
  • Distinguish between common homophones taught across Year 2 & 3.


Work samples of Working Towards the Expected Standard...


Working At the Expected Standard:

In order to be assessed as secure in their year group, children need to meet all of the 'working towards' objectives, as well as many of the 'expected standard' objectives.

  • Spell Year 1, 2 & 3 common exception words.
  • Use prefixes (un-, pre-, dis- mis- & re-) & suffixes (less- & ly-)
  • Place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals [for example, girls’, boys’] and in words with irregular plurals [for example, children’s]
  • Use the first 2 or 3 letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary.
  • Use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters.
  • Use speech marks.
  • Discuss writing similar to that they are planning to write to learn from its structure, vocab and grammar.
  • Write by composing & rehearsing sentences orally, progressively building a varied vocabulary & an increasing range of sentence structures.
  • Progressively build a varied & rich vocabulary & an increasing range of sentence structures.
  • Organise paragraphs around a theme.
  • In narratives, create settings, characters and plot.
  • In non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices such as headings and sub-headings.
  • Extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions e.g. when, if, because, although.
  • Use the perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense.
  • Use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.
  • Use a/an appropriately.
  • Begin to identify main and subordinate clauses.
  • Indicate possession by using the possessive apostrophe with singular nouns and regular plurals.
  • Spell all Year 3 & 4 common exception words and apply spelling rules taught in Years 3 & 4.
  • Evaluate, edit and proofread, proposing and making changes to vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation.


Work samples of Working at the Expected Standard...

Working Above the Expected Standard:

To be assessed as 'working at greater depths', children need to meet most or all of the above objectives confidently, whilst also demonstrating:

  • A flare in their writing by using a wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
  • Their writing must be suitable to the purpose and audience for which they are writing, and it must be in-keeping with the genre.

Work samples of Working Above the Expected Standard...