Holkham’s mid-week updates (13/05/20)

Good Morning Holkham,

I hope you are all having a great week and our finding this weeks ‘Home Learning Grid’ challenging and interesting. You can find it here… Years 3 and 4 Home Learning Grid (11/05/20).  Much of this blog is copied from Monday as the information is the same. However, you will find more learning celebrations, information for grown ups and reading comprehension resources.

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?




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.



As you are reading for 10 minutes every day with your grown ups each day your grown ups challenge you with comprehension questions at the end of each page (comprehension question can be found in previous blogs or online)

If you would like additional reading comprehension resources you can find some here… Reading Booklets


Learning Celebrations 

Rhys has designed and created an amazing Roman shield, as well as, a Roman Solider research piece which is such an interesting read. I really like how he labelled a diagram of a Roman Solider alongside his work. Rhys also created a fantastic Roman Army recruitment poster and has been working very hard in Maths. Well done!


George looks to have had a lot of fun celebrating VE Day with his family. In the pictures below you can see him with a ration box and enjoying a spot of Afternoon Tea which looks delicious. Not only has been challenging himself in Maths and writing clear reflects to summerise his learning, George has produced a great second paragraph for his ‘Hot Task’. I can see a metaphors and amazing fronted adverbial with commas. I can’t wait to read what happens next to George… I wonder what’s swimming in the water. How mysterious 🤔


Nicole has been working very hard to improve her scores in spellings and I can see that she is making fantastic progress. She has been drawing and label different living beings and their skeleton types, as well as, designing a fantastic Roman Shield and labelling the different armour of a Roman Solider. Unfortunately, we haven’t all be able to be together for Nicole’s Birthday. She was disappointed that she didn’t get to share her cake with you all. From everyone in Holkham Class Nicole, we would like to say a HUGE Happy Birthday to you and hope you still managed to have a wonderful day.


And finally this Wednesday we have Kristian who has been working hard on his ‘Hot Task’. I can see that he has used  amazing fronted adverbials and closely followed his boxing up  planning to help with his story structure. Kristian has also been though his work and edited/corrected it with a different coloured pen. Well done!


A note for grown ups

This week I will be starting to make phone calls home. These are just quick and informal check ins to see how you are doing and if there is anything else I can do to support you with home learning. I look forward to speaking with you all. 

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.


Final Messages

I’m seeing amazing examples of perseverance and self-challenge. Well done for showing me that despite not being in the classroom that you’re still ready and excited for learning.

Remember you can email me if you get stuck and I will always do my best to help you.

Enjoy the rest of your week Holkham,

Mr Sellers


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