Holkham ready for VE Day and the weekend? (08/05/20)

Good Afternoon Holkham Class,

I hope you have all has a brilliant week. I’m so please that so many of you managed to access and enjoying this week’s ‘Home Learning Grid’ which you can find here if you need it… Year 3 & 4 Home Learning 4th May 2020.   It was lovely to see some new faces engaging with the learning this week – thank you. If you haven’t yet had chance to work on the grid and would like jobs for over the weekend please try and do as many activities as you possibly can!

Don’t forget that today (08/05/20) is VE Day’s 75th Anniversary. If you would like to learn more about VE Day, please follow this link to our Year 3/4 VE Day blog for ideas on how you can celebrate and activities you can do with your families.



You will remember from Monday that this week you are working on creating descriptive story settings. I’ve bullet pointed a basic sequence below if you would like to follow that. All of the information is also under ‘English’ on this weeks Home Learning Grid.

Copied from Monday (04/05/20) blog. 

  • 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.

Additional Challenge: Can you follow the same structure as above, but this time for your main character. Think about their appearance and the kind of feelings they have inside them?



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

Additional Challenge: Can you show your grownups how we tell the time in Maths Meetings? Start with ‘tick tick, tick tock, what’s the time on the clock? It’s only o’clock with the minute hand’s at the top!’



Additional Challenge: Now you have found the definitions of vertebrate, invertebrate, endoskeleton and exoskeleton. Can you go outside (or look out of your window) and list examples of  the creatures you see and whether they are a vertebrate or invertebrate, and if they have an endoskeleton or exoskeleton?


Other Learning

We have had amazing engagement this week on Education City. Remember, 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.

Mrs Shaw has been setting work for you this week too. She sent me an email to say that Brayden, Frankey Nicole and Rhys have all completed at least 80% of the work that she has set already! What great role models you are for everyone in Holkham Class.


Learning Celebrations

As always George has been working extra hard this week. At the beginning of the week, he drew his chosen story setting of a water park and listed amazing adjectives to describe it before planning how his opening paragraph might be structured by writing down his ideas on the water parks location and the weather (you can see this by reading Wednesday’s blog ). Now, George has used this planning to create a fantastic first paragraph which I will attach below and read aloud in my blog as soon as I can. Well done!


Likewise, Nicole has been very busy over the past few weeks. Have a good look at all pieces of work in the pictures below. We have stories, skeletons, spelling, Maths work and much more. Well done Nicole – what a great job, I can see great examples of amazing learning.

David has been working hard on his times tables. He now has his very own Tackling Tables cards at home which is using to get even quicker at recalling his ties tables facts and is continuing to persevere with his Maths work! Great job David.


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.

Please continue to support your children with daily reading and asking comprehension questions which can be found on my previous class blogs.


Final Messages

I think you’re really going to enjoy next week’s Home Learning Grid. Make sure you relax and have a lovely weekend, celebrating VE Day and spending time with you family, so you’re recharged and ready for learning on Monday morning.

See you soon,

Mr Sellers


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