Year 3 English Progress checks

Y3 English Progress checks, TheSchoolRun
Our Year 3 English Progress Checks are designed to help you understand if your child has grasped key areas of literacy for Y3, and to help you identify any topics they might need more practice with. Three tests, each tailored to one of the school terms, are included, as well as answers to help you evaluate your child's work.

Key stage: Year 3, KS2

Our Y3 English Progress checks, prepared by a KS2 teacher, will help you support their literacy learning at home.

The tests cover spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting and text-level work.


The Progress checks are designed to follow TheSchoolRun's Learning Journey for that particular term. Please note: they cannot and will not necessarily follow what your child’s teacher is doing at school this week / term, as teachers tend to choose to cover objectives in an order that they feel suits their class. Therefore, don’t worry if your child cannot complete certain questions; the point of the Progress checks is to help parents identify where children might need extra help and practice.

Y3 English objectives explained

By the end of the school year children should be confident with the following:

Y3 reading

  • Applying their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to read aloud and understand the meaning of new words they come across
  • Reading a range of fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction texts
  • Re-telling stories orally (out loud)
  • Performing poems and play scripts, showing understanding through intonation and action
  • Inferring characters' feelings though their actions, justifying their inference with evidence
  • Identifying and summarising the main ideas in a text

Y3 writing

  • understanding how to spell words with a variety of prefixes and suffixes
  • becoming more confident in joining their handwriting, increasing its legibility and quality
  • using a wider range of connectives
  • starting to use speech marks (inverted commas) to punctuate direct speech
  • creating settings, characters and plot in narratives using a range of descriptive language
  • using organisational devices such as bullet points and sub-headings
  • assessing and improving their writing

For more information about what your child learns in Year 3 English read our parents' guide; you can also browse all our Y3 English worksheets or follow our Learning Journey for Y3 English.