Hello Holkham (11/05/20)

Good Morning Holkham,


I hope you all had a lovely weekend, celebrating VE Day’s 75th Anniversary and spending quality time with your families. If you did do anything special to mark the anniversary of VE Day, don’t forgot to send me pictures for our class blogs.

You can find this weeks ‘Home Learning Grid’ here… Years 3 and 4 Home Learning Grid (11/05/20). 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.

As always….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, I want you to look at the ‘Boxing up grid‘, think about each part of the story and break this down into rough, note form. Have a look back in your English Books to remind yourself of what this should look like.
  • Next, I would like you to use the ‘Boxing up grid‘ again, but this time start to use it to plan the sections of your own innovated story. There is more advice on how to do this on this week’s Years 3 and 4 Home Learning Grid (11/05/20)This might take you a 2 days. 
  • After that, I would like you to write your ‘Hot Task‘. Remember, that is this your opportunity to show off what you can remember from the unit.

Tool Kit Check List 

    • Capital letters (for places and names)
    • Amazing handwriting and finger spaces
    • End punctuation (.   !   ?)
    • Adjectives for describing…
      • Settings
      • Weather
      • Character(s)
    • Follow the structure of the story and innovate (change) key parts to support your writing.
    • Each box on your plan should be a new paragraph.
    • Bonus points for: Similes, metaphors and speech!
  • Lastly, once you have left your writing for over a day, go back through it with a pen and check your spellings are correct, you have used punctuation and your sentences/paragraphs flow and make sense.

Zelda Claw and the Rain Cat

Zelda Claw and the Rain Cat story ma

Boxing up grid



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

Year 3 – You are continuing you learn about Time! You can use this video to help you.

Year 4 – You starting to learn about! You can use this video to help you. Can you find any coins in your home and use them to write your own Maths questions?


For Science this week, I would like you to listen, practise and ultimately memorise the song below? Remember to try and match the pitch and tempo of the the singer and background music. Other than the singers voice, what instruments can you hear in the song?


Topic (Rotten Roman)

Have a really good look at this week’s Home Learning Grid because I have listed lots of information on there to support you with this week’s Topic Task. I would really like you to design a Recruitment Poster for the Roman Army –  there are lots of key facts on the grid that I would like you to read and think about, and then include in your poster. Make it as exciting as possible. I’m not sure about joining the Roman Army, it doesn’t sound very nice. Try convince me that I am wrong!

Learning Celebrations 

Kristian was working really hard last week. Defining scientific words, looking at the different functions of skeleton, working on using analogue clocks to tell the time and working on building suspense in his story writing. Well done!


Also, Brayden has showcased amazing home learning. He worked hard in Maths on learning to tell the time and on equivalent fractions, as well as, labelling and designing a roman solider and shield. He also has shown great progress in describing a story setting and using this setting to begin building suspense into his stories. Wow!


It was great to hear from Borislav this week. He has been defining scientific terms for skeletons too and researching the basic functions of skeleton. He also considered what life could have been like in a Roman Army and created a FANTASTIC Roman shield and sword which I have copied below. He has been developing his writing on setting and building suspense as well. Good job Borislav!


And last, but my no means least, we have Freya. Freya has not only designed a Roman shield but also thought about what qualities a shield would need to have in order to protect its user against enemies. She has researched the functions of a skeleton and written a brilliant opening paragraph to her story with great setting description and suspense!

Other Learning

I have uploaded more learning to Education City. I will keep the ’11/05/20 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).

Don’t forget to give your Tackling Tables and Twinkl’s Times Table check a practice and learn your Year 3/4 Statutory spellings too. 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 the Home Learning Grid.



As you are reading for 10 minutes every day 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 (comprehension question can be found in previous blogs or online)


A note for grown ups

Remember that you can (but do not have to) access learning resources from The Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize which they are adding to daily.

Ideas for extra activities from the National Education Union.

Final Messages

You’re all doing a fantastic job. I really do appreciate how hard you’re all working to stay focused for home learning. Remember you can email me if you get stuck and I will always do my best to help you. Hopefully I will able to speak to you all soon.

Have great week Holkham,

Mr Sellers


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