Year 3 Non-Negotiables


Decoding/Phonics read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word
Comprehension and Understanding
  • Comments on the way characters relate to one another.
  • Knows which words are essential in a sentence to retain meaning.
Prediction, Inference and deduction

Intonation and expression

Draw inferences such as characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions.
Intonation and Expression Recognise how commas are used to give meaning.
Grammatical Features Recognise:

-plurals, pronouns and how used,collective nouns, adverbs

Can explain the difference that adjectives and verbs make.

Research retrieve and record information from non-fiction


Sentence and text structure
  • Use conjunctions (when, so, before, after, while, because)
  • Use adverbs (e.g. then, next, soon).
  • Use prepositions (e.g. before, after, during, in, because, of).
  • Experiment with adjectives to create impact.
  • Correctly use verbs in 1st, 2nd, 3rd person.
  • Use perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause.
Spelling Place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals [for example, girls’, boys’] and in words with irregular plurals [for example, children’s]
Punctuation Correct use of speech marks for direct speech.
  • Group ideas into paragraphs around a theme.
  • Write under headings and sub- headings.
Handwriting Legible, joined handwriting.


Counting and ordering Compare and order numbers up to 1000
Numbers and more/less Read and write all numbers up to 1000 in digits and words.

Find  10 or 100 more/ less than a given number

Tables and multiples Count from zero in multiples of 4,8, 50 and 100

Recall and use multiplication and division facts for 3, 4, and 8 times tables.

Bonds and facts
Place value and rounding Recognise place value of any 3 digit number



Add and subtract: 3 digit numbers and ones, 3 digit numbers and tens, 3 digit numbers and hundreds

Add and subtract: Numbers with up to 3 digits using efficient written method (column)

Use inverse to check

Calculations (division/ multiplication) Multiply: 2 digit by 1 digit
Fractions and


Count up/down in tenths

Compare and order fractions with same denominator

Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator with whole

Know parts of fractions that total 1

Time Tell time using 12 and 24 hour clocks and using roman numerals

Tell time to nearest minute

Know number of days in each month