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GPaS in Year 3

The National Curriculum 2014 has highlighted the importance of teaching children explicit knowledge of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. Building this knowledge is best achieved through a focus on grammar within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking. Once pupils are familiar with a grammatical concept [for example ‘subordinate clause’], they will be encouraged to apply and explore this concept in the grammar of their own speech and writing.

The table below shows the GPaS concepts introduced in Year 3:

Word Formation of nouns using a range of prefixes [for example super–anti–auto–]Use of the forms or an according to whether the next word begins with a consonant or a vowel [for example, a rockan open box]

Word families based on common words, showing how words are related in form and meaning [for example, solve, solution, solver, dissolve, insoluble]

Sentence Expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions [for example, whenbeforeafterwhilesobecause], adverbs [for example, thennextsoontherefore], or prepositions [for example, beforeafterduringinbecause of]
Text Introduction to paragraphs as a way to group related material Headings and sub-headings to aid presentationUse of the present perfect form of verbs instead of the simple past [for example, He has gone out to play contrasted with He went out to play]
Punctuation Introduction to inverted commas to punctuate direct speech
Terminology for pupils preposition, conjunction word family, prefix
clause, subordinate clause direct speech consonant, consonant letter vowel, vowel letter inverted commas (or ‘speech marks’)

Spelling

Spelling in Year 3 is taken from the National Curriculum 2014. The table below lists the statutory requirements for Years 3-4.

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Useful sites for spelling:

https://www.spellzone.com/games/index.cfm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/spellits/teachers/index.shtml