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Cockshutt CE Primary School & Nursery

Year 3

Where possible teaching in English should link to the wider curriculum where pupils can build vocabulary to enrich their writing.  From the start pupils should all edit and improve their writing, beginning with reading back simple words or sentences to developing more complex editing strategies throughout the different year groups. Length of teaching units should be determined by the class teacher according to the needs of the class.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Vocabulary building

Outcome:  Read, write and perform free verse

Dance with me Autumn

Outcomes: A 5-couplet poem is the focus with an outcome about winter based on the structure of the autumn poem studied

Amazing Mammals

Outcomes:  Based on The Magnificent Bull from the Dinka Tribe; writing and performing a Dinka-inspired poem about the blue whale is the outcome


Outcomes: Various concrete poems linked to animals are shared with the outcome of an individual concrete poem being created


Winter’s Child by Angela McAllister

Outcome: Fiction: fantasy story based on a fable

Counting on Katherine

by Helaine Becker

Outcome: Non-chronological report / recount

Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura

Outcome:  Historical narrative



Journey by Aaron Becker

Outcome: Fiction: adventure story based on Journey using the language of Berlie Doherty



 Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman

Outcome:  Recount: letter in role


Alternative text: Counting on Katherine

by Helaine Becker

Outcome: Non-chronological report / recount

Big Blue Whale by Nicola Davies

Outcome: Persuasion: leaflet persuading for the protection of the blue whale

Zeraffa Giraffa by Dianne Hofmeyr

Outcome: Persuasion: tourism leaflet for Paris/Egypt


All books/texts/excerpts used will be selected to enrich language.   Classrooms will be language rich environments and staff will promote a love of reading and writing.  Teachers are encouraged to immerse the children in language through Talk4Writing, book battles, poetry for performance, debate etc…. Teachers may choose one text to delve deeper into to enrich understanding and love for books at any point during the term. Pupils should be encouraged to write and read for pleasure and this should be celebrated.