Holkham’s Monday morning post (18/05/20)



Good Morning Holkham,

I hope you all had fantastic and relaxing weekend. I had a bit of a spring in my step as I managed to talk to so many of you over last week – it really cheered me up.

You can find this weeks ‘Home Learning Grid’ 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.

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 reading and internalising (memorising) a new model text.

  • Firstly, I would like you to start the week by exploring newspaper reports. If you can, look through a newspaper and find an article you like. Read through it and share it with a grown up. What do you like about the report? What did you find out from it?
  • Next, I want you to read the new model text ‘Romans Have Conquered’, think about each part of the story and what you like and dislike about it, then think of any similarities, or questions you’d like to answer, between this and other types of writing you have read before. You can use this grid ‘Likes, Dislikes, Similarities and Questions‘ to help you.
  • After that, discuss with a grown up or make a list of the different features of the text. How is the text laid out? What do you notice about the headline? Did you see any of these features in the newspaper that you looked at earlier in the week?
  • Then, keep practising the text until you have memorised it and made up your own actions.

Romans have Conquered!



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 going to be working on Angles. Remember to use the angles song from our Maths Meetings. What the video here (I think this teacher is a bit of a better singer than me)

Year 4 – You are continuing you learn about Time! You can use this video to help you.


Topic (Rotten Roman)

Watch the BBC clip on the Roman roads https://www.bbc.com/education/clips/zdgrkqt

Use this website to investigate Roman Roads https://www.teachingideas.co.uk/romans/roman-roads Can you name some of the Roman roads? Can you find them on a map of the United Kingdom?


Other Learning

I have uploaded more learning to Education City into a folder called ‘Holkham Home Learning 15/05/20′. 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 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 

David has been working very hard on his Roman Army recruitment poster. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s very persuasive. Well done David!

Borislav had a busy week last week. Working hard on telling the time and producing a great plan for his Hot Task before writing a fantastic suspense story all about being on an aeroplane with a failing engine. Great job!

Brayden had a super week. He work really hard in Maths developing his money handling skills and skeletal research for science – check out his diagram of a velociraptor skeleton. What an incredible example of self-extension! He has also created a brilliant persuasive Roman Army recruitment poster and an outstanding Roman Shield. Fantastic work Brayden!

A note for grown ups

It was lovely to speak with those of you I manage to contact this last week. I will be calling again in a couple of weeks for another catch up. 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 again soon.

There has been a lot in the news about school’s reopening to specific pupils. As of yet, we only have only received the same information and guidance that you can access online. We will keep you informed of any information as we receive it. Thank you all for you patience and hard work at this unprecedented time.

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.

There are ideas for ideas for extra activities from the National Education Union on last Monday’s blog if you would like to have a look at them.


Final Messages

I hope you all have a brilliant week. Remember, as always, you can email me if you get stuck and I will always do my best to help you. Hopefully I will able to see you all soon.

Have great week Holkham,

Mr Sellers


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