Well it has been a strange one but at very last we have managed to get to the SUMMER HOLIDAYS! Many of you may have started relaxing at home already but us at school will start our holidays at 3.30pm on Thursday!
Thank you for all of your hard work both at home and some of you at school!
Have an amazing summer, as always make sure you make the most of the lovely weather and spend time with your families.
Through the holidays please keep up with your reading and you could be keep your spelling practise going, below is the year 3/4 spelling list. Remember, those of you in year 4 will be expected to know all of these by the time you get to year 5!
Or even brush up on those times tables!
Good afternoon Year 3/4,
We all know that lots of you are starting to look ahead to September and wondering about your new class. Please don't worry... this week the teachers are keeping extremely busy putting together your end of year reports ready to be collected next week (starting 13th July). Inside your report, you will be able to read what your teacher for this year has to say about you, as well as finding out lots of things about your new teacher and your new class!
We have also written you letters, recorded videos and created presentations about your new classes, this will give you a great idea of what to expect in September.
Keep an eye on the 'Transition' page of the website!
Missing you lots and lots
Mr Home, Mrs Ward and Mrs Fisher
Year 3/4 Distance Learning
This section will be where all your home learning information is. Each week we will give you 3x English tasks, 3x maths tasks and 3x topic tasks. There will also be spellings each week to learn and it would be great if someone at home could test you. We also really need you to keep reading at home too as this is super important. All of your reading could be written into your reading diaries as normal.
We really hope that you enjoy the tasks, we would love to receive any pictures of your work through our email email@example.com.
Mrs Ward, Mr Homer and Mrs Fisher x
Can you recreate any of these art pieces? If you make any masterpieces, please send them in to the school email and we will put them on the website.
Baby Quiz Answers Revealed!!!
Well Done to everyone who had a go
Have a look to see if you were right.
If you didn't see it before half term try and guess before you move onto the answer.
Listen to and sing the relationship song, and discuss the different relationships they you learned about during this Puzzle including friends, family, online communities, people in other countries and people who are less fortunate than themselves.
Let me Learn
This week we are going to get creative!
You will need:
Using pens draw someone who is special to you on one end of the strip of paper and then complete the sentence:
You are special to me because...
(you could just write key words to represent how that person is special if that is easier.)
You will need to complete three strips:
• One representing a friend
• One representing a family member
• One for a child who you don’t know but who you respect e.g. one of the children in pictures we have been looking at.
When finished attach the strips of coloured paper to a wooden baton.
Questions to think about…
• What people have a positive influence on your life?
• What do you appreciate about other people?
• Are these always people you know?
• How can the choices you make affect others (within friendships, family and with the wider community)?
• What rights and responsibilities are important to keep our relationships happy and safe?• What are your responsibilities to make sure that your relationships are happy and safe?
Think back to last week’s lesson, what are our rights?
Look at the list of rights that are below. Talk to an adult about the list. Choose one of the rights, prepare a poster for the right you have chosen. Your poster should show what your right means and why it is important. When you have finished present your poster to an adult.
Week Beginning 1st June
Welcome back after the half-term break. We hope you all had a good week and enjoyed the beautiful weather!
Look at the ‘Wants and Needs’ cards which are below. Some of them are things we need and really couldn’t live without, and some are things we want because they make life pleasant or comfortable but they are not essential. Decide whether each card is a need or a want. Many of these are of course matters of opinion and you may have different views. However, all those in the left-hand column are counted as rights in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Let me Learn
Read the quotes below and match which quote you think belongs with which photo, attached below.
1. I have to fetch water from the well twice a day - before and after school. It can sometimes take me up to an hour since it is 2 km away and I often have to wait my turn at the well. Even though I wake up really early, I am still often late for class. After school, I find it difficult to find the time to do my homework and play with my friends since, I have to fetch more water and do other household chores to help my parents.
2. My parents were not able to go to school since they were very poor and had to help out on the farm. They want me to go to school to get a good education, but most of the time they are unable to afford the school fees and necessary school supplies. Also, if I help them work, we are less likely to go without food. They are considering making my sister and I quit school so we can help out around the house while our brothers go to school. They think it isn’t as important for girls to get an education.
3. My dad lost his job and we have been struggling to pay the bills. They turned off our gas, since we couldn’t pay and we’ve been having a tough time this winter. Even if we cuddle up with all of our blankets, it’s still really cold. Sometimes when its really cold, we all go over to my aunt’s house and sleep in the living room so that we can spend the night without freezing.
4. My birth mother was unable to take care of me so I was taken into foster care. Some of the families I have lived with have been OK, but others have not been so nice. Some haven’t cared what I said or thought and didn’t treat me so well. Luckily for me, I am currently living with a family that is really nice and supportive. They are even talking about adopting me. I really hope they do, because it is really difficult to move around so much and not have a place to call home. I would really like a forever family because then I would feel loved.
Hope you are enjoying the Baby quiz, there have been some fabulous guesses already.
Just wanted to let you know i will reveal the answers after half term so you have a few weeks to get your guesses in.
XX Mrs Parrwood XX
Here's a fun quiz for you to have a go at. Post your answers on firstname.lastname@example.org and those with the most correct will get a certificate when we are all back together again at school.
From Mrs Parrwood
I hope you've been enjoying the sunshine this week. I have been finding sticks and leaves everywhere in the garden and out and about on our walks in the sun so it gave me an idea for a challenge this week. Here goes:
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A PILE OF STICKS AND LEAVES?
Build something, make a picture or a sculpture, make them into a stick family, build a fairy den or teepee, use them for counting or measuring, decorate them in your own way - or leave them on the tree and decorate the whole tree!
Here are some ideas to get you going - and don't forget to email photos of your creations! We can't wait to see them!
And if it rains, here's a great game to play online:
Good Day Year 3 and 4!!
How are you all doing?? We all miss you lots! It has been lovely this weekend to see what you have all been up to to celebrate the special VE Day. What wonderful weather we had.
Thank you also to you all for sending in your wonderful work you have been doing, you should all be very proud of yourselves. Tomorrow starts week 4 of home learning and we look forward to seeing some more wonderful work or photos from you.
Keep smiling all of you, and keep up the great work.
Love from Mrs Fisher xx
French Activity - Week 4
Practise your numbers. You can do whatever you want with them! You could try using them in sums, ages, dates etc.
The more you practise speaking, the more confident you become
Dance for VE Day!
Mrs Tompkins had entered Holly Hill into the English Heritage Dance for VE day competition...and we only went and won!
The English Heritage was going to send 1940s-style dancers across the country 75 years after peace in Europe was first celebrated. Unfortunately this is unable to happen but they have arranged this instead...
English Heritage’s VE Day Commemorations on Friday 8th May!
12PM: Lindy Hop Dance Tutorial with Nancy Hitzig
3PM: Nation’s Toast
5PM: Dance for VE Day with Lindy Hop Dance Troupe and Band
Hope you're able to join in with the VE Day celebrations in any way that you can. I've also put some activities on the Distance Learning Page - general ideas and websites.
Mrs Tompkins x x
Hi everyone! Hope you are all well this week and finding plenty to keep you busy!
Anyone fancy a fun art challenge?
“Holly Hill Lockdown Masterpieces”
Lots of people around the world have been having a go at recreating famous works of art using anything (or anybody) they find around the house. Some of the pictures you might find online are hilarious! Let’s make our own Holly Hill Lockdown Masterpieces gallery. Anyone can get involved in this – it’s for the grown-ups as well.
Here are some works of art to have a go at – use them if you like – or if you find something else you like better – have a go at that (but if you email it to us, include a picture of the original work of art too!). Scroll down to the bottom for some examples from around the internet. And don’t forget to email photos of your fun with your name and the title of the original work of art to email@example.com
We can’t wait to see your masterpieces!
Banksy, Girl With Balloon, London
Kandinsky - Squares with concentric circles
Paul Klee: Aroundfish
Pablo Picasso – Girl Before Mirror
Piet Mondrian – Broadway Boogie Woogie
Take a look at some examples of what other people have done and then have a go. Use anything (or anybody) you can find around the house. Be as crazy and inventive as you like. BUT – don’t forget to take a photograph and email it with your name and the title of the original work of art to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some examples from the Getty Museum and Gallery original challenge:
Hello Year 3 and 4,
How are you all? I'm so pleased the weather is getting brighter and the rain is going. No-one wants to stick their head out of a rainy window right? (I'm sure some of you would!)
We have loved seeing all your hard work and you have done amazing things at home. Thank you for all the photos you have sent. They should all be on the website now so have a good scroll through and you should find your work and feel very proud about what you have achieved.
Tomorrow is week 3 of home learning and I look forward to seeing some more wonderful work or photos from you.
I hope you all have a good week Year 3 and 4.
Love from Mrs Ward
‘Harley hears that Jenna is going to a sleepover party at Bradley and Amy’s house. At playtime Harley won’t play with Jenna because she wasn’t invited. Jenna doesn’t understand what’s wrong.’
Imagine you are one of the characters, are you happy with the outcome? Think about the character, are they happy with the outcome? Look through the ‘Solve it together technique’ sheet’. Can you see both sides of the problem?
e.g. Jenna: ‘I want to play but Harley won’t and I don’t understand’.
Harley: ‘You’ve been invited to the sleepover, but I haven’t’.
Think about the feelings from both of the children, think about coming up with possible solutions and reaching an agreement.
Work through one of the friendship conflict scenarios using the ‘Solve it together technique’ sheet. You could use your own scenario to have a think about.
I followed some instructions yesterday, to make a bird feeder. I don’t think I did too badly… what do you think?
Can any of you follow the instructions too? I would love to see some photos.
Mrs Fisher xxx
I am so excited Swallow Class, I have been planting sunflower seeds! I love to watch them grow and have a little competition with my family. We have all set them this weekend and will measure them throughout the summer! Always competitive!
Have any of you planted any? If not, get planting and let me know how they are getting on!
Mrs Fisher xxx
Sorry me again Swallows!
You know Mrs Fisher loves to get out and about, and what a great time of year to be doing it!! I love Spring!! All the lovely flowers are starting to bloom and the best part is that the baby animals are starting to come out in the beautiful sunshine. I miss telling you all about what I have seen so I have tried to take some photos so you can see.
Tonight, I walked down to the reservoir to let my dog have a swim… and I saw 3 families of geese and their goslings! I could have stayed there for hours watching them. I hope you can just see them in my picture.
Missing you all,
Mrs Fisher xxx
A lovely calm task to keep your hands busy and your heart happy from Mrs K:
I'm busy at home making teddy bears this week as well as other things like trying to make memories, have fun and make birthday cakes for my family at home. Birthdays and life aren't the same without our friends though are they? So here's something to do to remind you of your friends and how we all look forward to seeing them again soon...
Below is a link to a video that will show you step by step how to make a friendship band. You only need a few items which you might find at home (nothing special!) When we are back at school, even if we are at a distance, you can exchange friendship bands with your friends to show them you were thinking about them during 'lockdown 2020'. Have a go!
Before you start you will need:
A piece of cardboard (cereal packet will do) cut into a circle, a pair of scissors, something to draw a straight line with and some wool, string, thread or ribbon. This video will show you exactly what to do - click the link and away you go. Have fun!
Go ahead and watch the video (click the link) to help you...
💙 We want to see your photos that represent the phrase “Happy is...”
💙 It can be something making you happy now or something you’re looking forward to post lock down. It could be something or someone that makes you happy, your favourite place that makes you happy or a sign explaining what makes you happy.
💙 You can be as creative as you like with your “Happy is...” photo, edit and add text if you want to
💙When it’s done, we want you to send it to us at email@example.com
💙We will then work our magic on it and see what we can create with everyone’s photos
💙The deadline for photos to be sent is midnight on Sunday!
💙By sending us your photo you are agreeing to us sharing it on the school website and social media
💙Ready, steady, go!!!!
Love Mrs Steed xxx
Tom Carradine's V.E Day Sing Along!
Aimed at Primary School children, Tom will be doing a special 15 minute sing-a-long at 11am on Thursday 7th May on Tom's Youtube channel
The songs he will be singing are linked here, so the children (or the whole family!) can practise them ready for the sing along.
I'll be there - will you?
Miss Fretwell xx
We know that some of you are working really hard at home...
If you would like to send your teacher any of your work or a picture/video of what you have been doing, then feel free email it to - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember to write in your Class name in the subject box.
Hi everyone, Mrs Hastings here. I've loved seeing all your work on bug hunts in your garden! I've done the same thing with my girls at home this weekend! We spotted all sorts of different insects, far too many ants though for my liking haha. Something that we thought you would really enjoy making is a bug hotel. I am attaching a link to the RSPCB website as they have a fantastic guide to creating a bug hotel on there. It has easy steps to follow that show you how it's done and a video to help with any parts you may be unsure of. Please don't worry if you don't have all the bits they have suggested, please feel free to use your imagination and find an alternative if you need to.
Have fun making it and please send us some photos at email@example.com.
Take care x
Week Beginning 27.04.20
It is Monday again! We don't want you to miss your JISAW session, so here it is.
Remember, to start your session, find a calm place somewhere in or out of the house and close our eyes and focus on the chime. You can also still have a go at some of the weekly Jigsaw ideas which we'll be posting on here.
Look at the 2 photos below and think about what is going on in each picture, how are the people feeling? Is there a connection between the 2 pictures? With an adult discuss your ideas and think about the connections.
What is jealousy? Do you know what this means? How does it feel?
Jealousy is a common emotion but an unhelpful one. We can all experience it about people and things.
Look at the ‘situation cards’ below. Choose 6 of them to write down into 2 lists:
Discuss with an adult what causes jealousy and that it can stem from:
Let me learn
Choose one of the situations from the cards. Challenge yourself to problem solve the situation. Can you suggest a way forward so the situation can be resolved? Is there a way to manage the jealousy so it doesn’t result in unhelpful behaviour?
Make a list of strategies in your book. Here are a few to help you:
It might be something that you can’t change, so move on and try not to worry about it.
Week Beginning 20th April
Already this week there has been some great learning going on...
Here is Sophie B's great mind map of insects and bugs that she has found in her garden..I love the names!
Katie has been presenting her maths really neatly...
Wow Matthew look at all of that writing! A super story.
Michael has been completing some great fraction work too.
Lilith has been working really hard this week, looking at bugs and insects under the microscope.
Week Beginning 20.04.20
As it is Monday, we will be missing our usual 'JIGSAW' sessions. We loved hearing the chime and attempting to to calm down and focus ready to learn. There was always a fun game to play too. Unfortunately, we cannot be together to play the games but we can find a calm place somewhere in out house and close our eyes and focus on the chime. You can also still have a go at some of the weekly Jigsaw ideas which we'll be posting on here.
Look at the ‘Whose Responsibility?’ cards below. Read each statement, decide if it is a job mainly for men, women or both. Make a list on paper.
Once you have completed the task, ask yourself some questions:
Does someone else in your family agree? If not, why?
Are there any roles that both men and women could do?
Are there in fact any roles that cannot be done equally well by either men or women?
Are the roles just the result of tradition and habit?
What happens in households where only one gender is present?
Do the things we see online, in movies and TV show stereotypes?
Can you think of some examples?
Think about what the word stereotype means.
Draw each member of your family and identify two jobs that each person, including yourself, does.
I found this cool idea today, a bird feeder that you can make at home!
Simply smother a cardboard tube in peanut butter and then roll it in bird seed and thread some string through the hole. Tie it up somewhere the birds will feel safe to eat.
How many birds will you spot taking a bite to eat?
Mrs Fisher xx
Year 3 and 4 Photo Gallery
We would love to see your photos filling the Year 3 and 4 page (rather than our faces!) Please send any photos in so we can share them.
Happy Easter everyone xx
It's going to be a very different Easter this year. What will you be doing?
Maybe you'll be doing egg hunts at home or making Easter pictures, or putting decorated egg picutres in your window for other people to enjoy. Maybe you'll be reflecting on the Easter Story. Whatever you are up to, we would love to see your photos! If you send them in to the email address (please say if you're happy for them to go online) and they will be posted. Keep safe everybody.
Hobbies - New and Old
Have you been practising something you enjoy already, or have you learnt a new skill? Do you have a goal you would like to achieve?
My goal is to learn how to do the splits. It's proving difficult because I'm as bendy as a pencil! But I'll keep trying.
If you have any photos of you trying new things or just doing something you love, we'd love to see them.
Keep smiling everyone.
Mrs Ward xx
Joe in Kingfisher Class has been so busy making this amazing PowerPoint. I loved reading this Joe, thank you for sharing it :-)
- Write a story about friendship.
What is friendship?
What is a friend?
What is the best thing about having friends?
What is the most difficult thing about having friends?
- Write a poem about friendship.
- Write a character profile about Fern.
Think of words to describe her.
Draw a picture of her.
- Write a character profile about Wilbur.
Think of words to describe him.
Draw a picture of him.
- Research about spiders.
Think about spider species, behaviour, habitats, skills etc.
If you want maths explained...
There are 2 resources which match our way of working in maths and that are highly recommended. Please use them!
'White Rose maths' have a daily lesson of 20 to 30 minutes with a practice activity to follow the animated video lesson. Access all the lessons and video's here:
'I see maths' is an excellent resource for visual and active learning. Access that here:
Both have lessons/video and activities/games specific to year groups. It is important to use the correct year group lessons to support and deepen understanding of the content your child would be learning in school this year.
It is important for you to stay active during your time out of school. This can be done in your own garden so no need to leave your house. Head over to the Holly Hill Sports Page where I shall be putting up challenges for you to take part in!
Good Luck and stay safe!
Here are simple recipes using baking ingredients for play dough, paint and ice paint to create at home if you would like.