Welcome Back Brancaster!

Hello Brancaster and welcome to the first week of this term and year! I hope you all enjoyed your time off.

As we are all now learning from home, please make sure you work through the lessons and activities given below. Activities on Education City are now updated to work through and can be found at https://go.educationcity.com/

Also, remember to log on to Tackling Tables and practise! Let me know how you get on – https://www.tacklingtables.co.uk/. There will be awards for the most active children this week!

As always, I can be contacted via the school office or on my email – . Don’t hesitate to email and let me know if you need anything to support your learning. I look forward to seeing your completed work!

Suggested Timetable

8.45 – 9.00 – Times table or mental maths practise.

9.00 – 10.00 – Maths

10.00 – 10.15 – Have a break and a well-earned snack!

10.15 – 10.30 – Practise this week’s spellings

10.30 – 11.30 – English

11.30 – 12.00 – Reading comprehension or handwriting practise



Each day work on one of our other subjects – you could look at topic or science or explore the National Oak Academy –  website https://www.thenational.academy/ where there are hundreds of lessons for you to ‘dip’ into.

Remember, your learning is your responsibility – work hard and don’t give up!



Maths – Multiplication and Division


Spelling – Please practise the following spellings. The rule this week is homophones and near homophones:

accept  except

affect    effect

aloud    allowed

weather  whether

whose   who’s

How many of these words can you correctly put into sentences?

Grammar – To Explore Simple and Compound Sentences


English – We are beginning to look at warning stories.

What warning stories do you already know? What do you think would be included in a warning story?

The story line hinges around the main character being warned not to go somewhere or do something and disobeying what they are told. This leads to a disaster, rescue and in the end a lesson is learned.

Can you retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Write this out.

Settings are important in warning stories. Have a look at this clip: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpccwmn/articles/z8mqsrd

Guided Reading – Hansel and Gretel Lesson 1




Maths – Representing Word Problems Using Bar Models


Spelling – See Tuesday

Grammar – To Revise Our Understanding of Simple and Compound Sentences


English – Remind yourself what a warning story is. What does it do? How does it make you feel?

Look at the pictures below. How does it make you feel? Make a list of words to describe the forest and cave. Think of the adjectives you can include. Once you have done this, choose a picture and describe it. Think about using key words that will create impact.

Guided Reading – Hansel and Gretel Lesson 2




Maths – Representing Two-Step Word Problems


Spelling – See Tuesday

Grammar – To Explore Complex Sentences


English –Today you are going to plan and write your cold task; a warning story. The focus for this half term is setting, so make sure you use excellent adjectives.

I want you to think about: punctuation and presentation. Don’t forget to email me your story.

Guided Reading – Hansel and Gretel Lesson 3




Maths – Deriving Multiplication Facts


Spelling – See Tuesday

Grammar – To Develop Understanding of Complex Sentences


English – Read through the model text – Kassim and the Greedy Dragon.

Kassim and the Greedy Dragon Model Text (1)

Make a list of words and phrases that you are unfamiliar with and look up their meaning.

As you look at the text, what do you like? Is there anything you dislike? Are there any patterns in the story? Write these down and email them – I want to find out!

Begin to learn the text.

Guided Reading – Hansel and Gretel Lesson 4



Science – we will be introducing our new topic on the food chain.  What do you think this means?  Watch the following clips to help.




Watch this video on how we construct a food chain and then draw your own: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-do-we-construct-a-food-chain-6mvp8t


Computing –This half term in computing, we will be starting to look at programming. What do you already know about programming?

Find out what the following words mean. These will be key to the unit:








Topic – Our topic this term is ‘Dragons and Dinosaurs: Reality or Myth?’. This half term, we will focus on dragons. Can you think of any movies or stories with dragons in them? Do you think they are real creatures or just a myth (made up)? Write about what you already know and what you want to find out.

Look at http://myths.e2bn.org/about/info272-what-are-myths-legends-and-folktales.html for information about myths.

Look at the myth of St George – https://vimeo.com/102942550

If you can, watch ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. This can be accessed on Netflix if you have it.


Art – In Art, we will be linking with our topic of dragons. Can you draw, paint or make your own dragon? Perhaps you can send a photo when it is complete? I will be interested in seeing some imaginative ideas!


Home Learning Grid – Here is the Home Learning Grid (Year 3 and 4 Homework Grid Spring 1)  for this half term. Remember to do one task a week and send a photo of your work to me via email.

Look forward to hearing from you all!

Miss Sayer


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