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River Primary School

Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPaG)

Each day in our English learning we will explore different elements of spelling, grammar and punctuation.  This will include spelling rules from year 3 and we will revisit our learning from Year 2.


Spelling in Year 3


This term in spelling, we will be looking at the following spelling rules:

Words where 'ou' make the 'ow' sound

Words where 'ou' make an 'u' sound

Words where 'y' makes the 'i' sound

Words ending in -'sure'

Words ending in -'ture'


We will also be looking at the following challenge words:












Spelling lists will sent home each week for children to practice at home. We will be practicing these in school everyday and will earn dojos if we use and spell them correctly in our learning.


Spellings for the week are listed on the Home Learning page of the Year 3 area.


Grammar and Punctuation


This term we will be learning about the following in our writing:


- Continue to choose and use place or time adverbs to link sentences together 

- Use adverbs of cause to create more complex sentences and use a comma to mark the clause;  

when, before, after, while, so, because e.g. When she arrived, her mum was furious… 

- Independently choose the correct tense for writing using the correct verb form to ensure tense is maintained and writing is cohesive. 

- Independently read through writing to identify and correct mistakes in tense.  

- In non-fiction writing, children use paragraphs to group related sentences together, consistently using headings and subheadings to aid presentation.  

- In fiction writing, use planned ideas to organise sentences into paragraphs showing a clear beginning, build up, main action, resolution and ending to a story. 



We will also be consolidating our Grammar and Punctuation learning so far:

-Using a or an according to whether the next word begins with a consonant or vowel

-Understanding what a prefix is and using them in our writing.

-Using time adverbs-  then, next, soon and therefore

-Choosing and use the correct verb forms throughout writing to maintain the tense. (Past, present and future).

-Organising thoughts and ideas into related groups/ paragraphs.  Knowing that paragraphs are related sentences grouped together which help the reader to understand the writing.

-Identifying nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs within sentences.

-Using subordination (when, if, that, because) to extend or join sentences.

-Linking or extend sentences using the coordinating conjunctions; for, and, nor, but, or, yet and so.  (FANBOYS).

-Using expanded noun phrases for descriptions.

-Knowing that grammatical patterns in a sentence indicate its function as a statement, command, question or exclamation sentence.

-Consistently and independently using capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks to mark sentences.

-Using commas to separate items in a list.

-Using apostrophes to mark where letters are missing in spelling.

-Using apostrophes to mark singular possession in nouns.




Preposition conjunction word family, prefix, clause, subordinate clause, direct speech, consonant, consonant letter vowel, vowel letter, inverted comma (or speech marks)


How to help at home: 


Keep an eye out on Spelling Shed for challenges! Spelling Shed should be played daily. Can you get on to your class leader board?


You can practise using all types of punctuation with:


Spelling Shed


As a school we use Spelling Shed to support spelling at home. Your child will have been sent home with their username and password in their home learning books. Spelling Shed has personalised spellings to practise for your child. You can also reach Maths Shed through this link.



In the documents below are common exception words children should be able to read and spell at the end of Year 2  and at the end of Year 4.