North Rigton Year Three and Four

Teaching Staff

Our Class teachers are Miss Ellis (who teaches Monday to Thursday morning) and Mrs Butler (who teaches on a Thursday afternoon and a Friday).

Mrs Holder, Miss Ferguson and Miss Vickers also help in Busy Bees.





Autumn Term

‘We are’ Focus

(Science and DT)

We are Scientists

Provocation – ‘You are what you eat’

At the start of this project, the children and teacher will discuss statements linked to the provocation and what they think the primary provocation means. Thus, provoking the children to draw out:

  • What is means to be healthy? Healthy diet and a healthy mind.
  • Why we need to be healthy? (at the same time learning particularly about how the skeleton, muscles, digestive system are important for our bodies)
  • The link between the food being needed to keep parts of our bodies healthy
  • The link between food and drink being needed to keep our minds healthy
  • The link between how food can play a part in our cultures and our moral choices in life.

This will be set in the context of the children becoming ‘Health and Fitness’ advisors of the ‘YAWYE Nutrition team’ and using their knowledge of being healthy to guide people to living a healthier life. Clients will contact the team, giving them a summary of their issue and asking for advice. There will also be an opportunity for their team to design, make and evaluate their own ‘healthy snack’.

See We are Scientists – Healthy Eating Overview

Through the context of different text types the children will learn to plan, draft, write, evaluate and edit their work. During the year, the children will develop grammatical skills through the text types taught. In particular this term, they will focus on the use of expanded noun phrases and powerful verbs through Descriptive recounts and Letter Writing. This will then be followed by the use of prepositions and adverbs to show when, where and how through Instructional Writing.
This term, the children will work in groups appropriate to their level of spelling. One group will recap the spelling of the common exception words from Year 1 and 2 and recap the phonics and spelling patterns covered in Year 2. The other group will learn the Year 3 and 4 common exception words and spelling patterns in line with the Years 3 and 4 Read Write Inc Spelling program.

See Read Write Inc Spelling 2023 2024
There will be weekly handwriting practice to develop your child’s pencil grip, seating position and position of paper. The children will learn to use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting in all pieces of work.

Through guided reading and independent reading, the children will develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they have read; develop skills to understand what they have read in books they can read independently; retrieve and record information from non-fiction; and participate in discussions about books read to them and those read themselves. This term they will develop their ‘VIPERS’ skills through their reading within lessons and through the weekly Whole Class Guided Reading Session.

Place value ; Addition and Subtraction; Multiplication and Division

See Numeracy Long Term Map 2023 2024
Moi (Introducing ourselves) and Numbers

Le calendrier des fete’s (Months and Christmas)

Invasion Games – including developing skills and games within Football and Hockey.

Structured Dance and Pilates/Yoga – linked to Healthy Living Project, led by Lauren Gotts-Smith each Monday


Using a computer (including accessing documents and shortcuts; saving and retrieving documents and developing their typing skills)

Creating media – animation (Year 4)
Using the internet and search engines

Personal, Social and Health Education
How can we eat well? (Focus on living a healthy life – healthy mind and body; and making the right choices in life)
What can we do about Bullying?
Religious Education
What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?

What does it mean to be a Sikh in Britain today?

Useful Information

In Year 3 and 4, your child will either be reading a Coloured Reading Scheme book or will have been moved on to Free Choice Reading book by the Classteacher. It is important that as well as listening to your child read, you also ask questions about the content of what they are reading and the language that the author is using. If your child is reading a coloured reading scheme book, these will be sent home regularly to support the teaching of reading in school; please help your child to be a successful reader by practising reading on a daily basis when possible. If your child is reading a free choice book, they may choose to take one home from school or read one that they already have at home. All children will have a reading chart. Please remember to issue a sticker or signature each time they read at home and remember that there are rewards for every reading chart completed throughout the year. Alongside this, there are the Reading for Pleasure Underground Maps. This is an idea to encourage children to read a wide range of different types of books. Please see information and examples on the links below.

On a Monday and Wednesday afternoon, the children will have PE lessons. On these days, please allow your child to come into school dressed in their sports clothes. Please can your child bring a spare pair of shoes in a plastic bag incase the field is muddy.

Please remember to send your child in to school with a coat, water bottle and hand sanitiser (optional) each day.


Useful Documents

Enjoy Learning Together at Home

As part of our school policy, children are encouraged to ‘Enjoy Learning Together at Home’ and learning opportunity grids can be found below. These include a list of suggested ways that you may choose to support your child at home. Also, please find links to useful resources for you to use at home if you wish to further your child’s enjoyment of learning at home.

Busy Bees Home Learning Opportunities page Autumn 2023

Homework and Learning at Home Sept 2023 Busy Bees Years 3 and 4

Year 3 and 4 Common exception words Orange words

Year 1 and 2 Common exception words Red words



Reading for Pleasure Underground Maps

Reading for Pleasure Underground Map information 2

Blank Copy to make your own

Editable Example and Non-editable Example

100 Books to read for Year 3 and 4