Home Page

End of Year Expectations

End of Year Expectations

for Year 3


The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress.


All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and part of your child’s lessons. Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.


If you have any queries regarding these expectations or would like support in knowing how best to help your child with them, please talk to the class teacher.




  • Read a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and reference books.

  • Comment on the way characters relate to one another.

  • Know which words are essential in a sentence to retain meaning.

  • Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions.

  • Recognise how commas are used to give more meaning.

  • Recognise inverted commas

  • Recognise:

    • plurals

    • pronouns and how used

    • collective nouns

    • adverbs
  • Explain the difference that the precise choice of adjectives and verbs make.



  • 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 and 3rd person.

  • Use perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause.

  • Use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech.

  • Group ideas into basic paragraphs.

  • Write under headings and sub-headings.

  • Write with increasing legibility, consistency and fluency.



  • Compare & order numbers up to 1000.

  • Read & write all numbers to 1000 in digits and words.

  • Find 10 or 100 more/less than a given number.

  • Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100.

  • Recall & use multiplication & division facts for 3x, 4x, 8x tables.

  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a 3-digit number (100s, 10s, 1s). 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 written columnar method.

  • Estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers

  • Multiply:

    • 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers

  • Count up/down in tenths.

  • Compare and order fractions with same denominator.

  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole [for example, 5/7 + 1/7 = 6/7 ]

  • Tell time using 12 and 24 hour clocks; and using Roman numerals.

  • Tell time to nearest minute.

  • Know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year.