Hello Holkham! (27/04/20)

Happy Monday Holkham Class,

I hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend. I think you’re really going to enjoy the activities from this week’s ‘Home Learning Grid’ which you can find here. Year 3 and 4 Home Learning Grid. Remember that is on the front page of the website should you need to find it again quickly and I’m at the other end of an email if you have problems opening the PDF. Please don’t feel you must complete all of these activities, they are just there to give you and your grown ups inspiration for learning opportunities. That being said, please try and do as many as you possibly can!



This week I am continuing to challenge you to learn your new T4W text off by heart, just as we normally do in class. I would love it if you could add actions to some of the words (and maybe punctuation) and send me a video of your performance if you can. If you haven’t drawn a story map yet, maybe you could try this week. You could have a look back over my last blogs to see amazing examples from Kristian, Teja and Rhys for inspiration. Have a look at the boxing up grid too.

Zelda Claw and the Rain Cat

Zelda Claw and the Rain Cat story map

Zelda Claw Boxing Up



Power Maths books 3C and 4C follow the next lesson in sequence as they build on your previous learning each day. You can find the textbook here: https://preview.pearsonactivelearn.com/PowerMathsYear4

I would also like you to start practising telling the time. Maybe your grown ups could ask ‘What time is it?’ and support you in using both an analog or digital clock to respond to them. I might even ask the question in an email so keep checking.



This week we’re continuing to learn all about skeletons. To start the week, can you make a list of the main bones in the body? (Hint: Pelvis, Femur, etc.). Once you have a list of bones you could begin to draw and label a picture of a skeleton.


Topic (Rotten Roman)

As I reminded you on Friday, have a good look at the PDFs below and have a go at completing them if you haven’t done so already. These can be printed or copied into your Topic books. I would also like you to find the city of Rome on a map. What country do you think it’s in? Here’s a picture of me visiting one of Rome’s most famous landmarks? Do you know what it is? Have a look at the story of Romulus and Remus too!

Never Heard the Word Grid Romans

What I already know and what I would like to find out (1)


Other Learning

I have uploaded more learning to Education City. I will keep the ’20/04/20 folder’ open so that you can still access anything from there you haven’t yet completed. Don’t forget to give your Tackling Tables a practice and then test yourself too. Remember there is even Twinkl’s Times Table check if you would like to have a go at that also (ask your grown ups to email me your scores if you use it).

Please can you also practise your Year 3/4 Statutory spellings. Remember to look, say, cover, write and check each one until you get super fast and accurate. The focus spellings are on your Homework Grid.


Learning Celebrations

We have had more amazing examples last week’s home learning from Teja, who looks like she worked hard even over the weekend!  She has been creating the most beautiful collage to thank those working so hard in the NHS, researching Julius Caesar and creating a fantastic story map for our new T4W text.


Likewise, Rhys had a busy week too. He worked hard on his handwriting on Thursday as well as, cracking on with Education City and Lexia. He then made  a rainbow out of play dough for the NHS, before going on a long walk with his family. On Friday he went fishing and walking in nature seeing all different animals he could spot and listening to Below is a picture of a fish Rhys caught (it’s huge).


Brayden has had a busy week too. He has produced a great work on the Romans and fantastic factual piece on Julius Caesar. I can see he is showing great progression with the recall of his spelling as well as brilliant handwriting. I have also attached a photo of the amazing collage he created to thank NHS staff. I notice his brilliant t-shirt in the photo too; it has such a lovely message. I and the rest of the Holkham adults are very proud of him.

Time Capsule Activity Booklet



As you are reading for 10 minutes with your grown ups each day and using your Phonics knowledge to segment and blend unfamiliar words, you could suggest that your grown ups challenge you with comprehension questions at the end of each page.

  • Which section was the most interesting/exciting part?
  • How did…?
  • What happened to…?
  • What was the first thing that happened in the story?
  • What do you think will happen next?


A note for grown ups

I mentioned this last wee but just to keep everyone updated. Over Easter, the Department for Education announced that they were supporting an online collection of lessons from The Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize.

I’m sharing this with you as an additional resource, please don’t feel you have to complete anything from these. We have produced our ‘Home Learning Grids’ as our preferred means on communicating learning suggestions with our families and will continue to do so.


Final Messages

I hope you have a fantastic week this week. Keep working hard and showing that you’re safe, ready and respectful at all times. Don’t forget to email me with any question and photos/videos of your learning whenever you can. I really enjoy seeing them and sharing them with your classmates.

See you soon,

Mr Sellers


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