Weekly welcome Holkham class (04/05/20)

Hello Holkham Class,



I hope you all had a lovely weekend and are ready for a fun week of home learning ahead. I really enjoyed working with Mrs Emery, Mrs Moyle and Ms Shaw to create week’s ‘Home Learning Grid’ which you can find here… Year 3 & 4 Home Learning 4th May 2020. 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 you will be working on creating images in your reader’s mind when you consider your story settings.

  • Firstly, in your red English books I would like you to create a list of setting where a story could take place, for example, the desert, the moon, ancient Rome, etc.
  • Next, I would like to chose one of those setting to draw a picture of and then label your picture with different adjectives, such as, snowy, scorching, dark, dusty, etc.
  • After that, I would like you to use your labelled picture to begin to write an opening paragraph. Remember your reader can’t see what is in you mind so you need to make it as descriptive as possible to help them create their own images in their head.
  • Following on from that, I would like you to think about the weather in your setting. Think: if your setting is a desert, would it be raining? The chances are it probably wouldn’t be so you could try to think of other weather types it could be, for example, ‘the golden sun was beating down rays as hot as a volcanic lava‘.
  • Lastly, use the Zelda Claw and the Rain Cat text and as you closely follow the text begin to innovate its structure and add your story setting and weather.

If you haven’t sent me a story performance of Zelda Claw and the Rain Cat, you still have time to do it this week and I will try and get it into Friday’s vlog. Have a look at my vlog from last week to see Teja’s fantastic version to give you inspiration.

Zelda Claw and the Rain Cat

Zelda Claw and the Rain Cat story ma



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 keep practising telling the time. Maybe your grown ups could ask ‘What time is it?’ and support you in using both an analogue or digital clock to respond to them. If you’re still finding the analogue clock tricky, you could watch this video to help you.



This week we’re continuing to learn all about skeletons but not necessarily the type of skeleton we would find inside of our bodies. On the Home Learning Grid there are keywords I would like you to try to find the definition of – maybe you could then write a paragraph about your findings?


Topic (Rotten Roman)

This week you’re going to be researching, drawing and labelling a Roman solider before looking specifically at Roman shields. Could you have a go at creating your own? I’d love to see any photos of your creations. Or maybe you could pose for a photo using something from around your house as a shield instead. If you haven’t done so already, have a look at the story of Romulus and Remus too – I think you’ll really like it.


Other Learning

I have uploaded more learning to Education City. I will keep the ’04/05/20 folder’ open so that you can still access anything from there you haven’t yet completed – I might put some of the same activities up from last week. If you have competed it before it means I would like you to have a go at the activity independently (without grown-up help). This is just to make sure the learning has really stuck. Don’t forget to give your Tackling Tables and Twinkl’s Times Table check a practice and then test yourself too.

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 under Monday’s English on your Year 3 & 4 Home Learning Grid 4th May 2020.


Learning Celebrations

Rhys emailed me photos on Friday of the amazing pieces he has written and drawn for his ‘Time Capsule’. I think it’s such a lovely idea to have something positive we can look back on after this strange time. He has sent me amazing work on the Romulus and Remus. I’m so impressed with your research Rhys – keep up the good work!

Brayden has had a busy week too. He has produced a great work on the Romans finding its location on a map and looking at different types of skeleton and exoskeleton (which will really help this week). He has also labelled a skeleton with the different bones which are found within the body using their scientific names. He also created an amazing timetable of Cadburys with printed images and loads of factual information. I can’t wait to be able to display this in the classroom when we’re back at school -well done Brayden!!



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 week 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 which they are adding too daily. Please feel free to use it if you would like too but there is no expectation from school to complete anything from these outlets.


Final Messages

I really want you to think about how you can be the best version of yourself this week. I really do understand how hard it is to stay focused for home learning. Hopefully it won’t be too long until we’re back together at school but in the meantime we have to keep trying our best to get ourselves out of the ‘learning pit’. Remember you can email me if you get stuck and I will always do my best to help you.

See you soon,

Mr Sellers


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