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Good morning Chestnut Class!


I hope you had a good day and managed a good balance of academic as well as creative and active learning.

I am looking forward to reading your animal reports when they are finished.

Don’t forget, you can email me with any questions, or to share work with us. You can also share any other interesting activities you have been doing, especially if you have been learning new skills.


Here is your Home Learning for Thursday.


Active Time

It’s really great to get moving in the mornings so that you feel ready to learn and able to concentrate.


Academic Time



Thursday and Friday Writing / Art Activity

Complete this task in your purple writing book or on plain paper or type it if you prefer.


Complete your animal report / information poster.


Write up your paragraphs about your chosen animal.  Make sure you have found out about a range of information, perhaps including:


  • Appearance
  • Location and habitat
  • Food, hunting and prey
  • Special characteristics or features
  • The animal’s young


Explain clearly, writing in the present tense. Make sure you join up your writing carefully and present your work neatly.

  • Use a main heading
  • Use paragraphs for each topic. These can have sub-headings
  • Use factual language and try to include any precise vocabulary which describes the animal.
  • Use a dictionary to check spellings.


For your pictures, you may draw your own, or you might even print some photos from the internet.  Take care to draw precisely. Colour them in carefully. You might add a caption to tell the reader about it.


Thursday Maths


Today let’s practise some addition and subtraction, using the methods we use at school. Here is a photo to remind you how we complete these calculations:









Write these out in your maths book. You can choose your level of challenge, but aim to do 5 additions and 5 subtractions.

Remember to use the boxes to separate digits where possible.


I will post the solutions tomorrow.





24 + 32 =

43 – 27 =

41 + 36 =

62 – 47 =

62 + 45 =

56 – 28 =

87 + 31 =

86 – 45 =

75 + 78 =

82-46 =

214 + 345 =

436 – 385 =

123 + 432 =

572 – 364 =

185 + 746 =

645 – 453 =

248 + 546 =

647 – 258 =

476 + 385 =

868 – 375 =

3235 + 2456 =


4637 + 3852 =


3471 + 3865 =


5834 + 3456 =


3758 + 8549 =







More Maths…..

The White Rose website provides daily lessons with videos explain an element of maths.

There are different lessons for year 3 and year 4. 

This week the focus is on fractions, decimals and problem solving.






Thursday – Art – linked to English


Finish your animal drawings to go on your animal report / poster. Could you think of ways to decorate your page? Have a look at the example here. What could you do to add to your page(s)?





Optional Creative time:


Keeping up to date:

Watch Newsround and discuss what is happening in the wider world. Talk to your family about the news stories.



Active Science

 Next week, we are starting to think about our Science. Our new topic is Plants this term.  Go outside with an adult into the garden or for a walk locally. Have a look at the plants and see how many you can name. At the moment, I can see aquilegia, forget me nots, geraniums and clematis flowering.  There are large beech and oak trees near my house and I have a small apple and pear tree in my garden. 

Maybe you could help do some weeding while you are there, though take care not to pull up the wrong plants! Maybe you could plants some seeds this week or next.


Everyday learning:


Active Time

Choose a physical activity that you will enjoy.

This might be:


  •  You can find Pav’s work out activities! You can find his workouts in the resources section. Have a look at Week 2.
  • PE with Joe! (Joe Wicks’ daily workout on YouTube)
  • Set up your own carousel – you could include running, jumping, kangaroo hops, mummy kicks, star jumps. Do 30 seconds of each in rotation, then repeat two or three times.
  • How many laps of your garden can you run in 10 minutes? Can you continue without walking? If that is hard work, you could run one lap, and then walk one lap.



Reading: Aim for at least one of these each day.


  • Read independently – this could be your own book or a book from the Bug Club books which also have activities to complete – comprehension questions and little quizzes.
  • Twinkl and Oxford Owls also have a selection of eBooks you can read online, and you can also visit the Norfolk library service and "borrow" online books. 
  • Read to an adult or older sibling. Talk about your book and what you are enjoying. Can you read with really good expression and intonation? Can you use voices for the different characters?
  • You can also read magazines, comics or newspapers – ask your parents for ideas of what else you could read. How about a recipe book, machine manual or instruction booklet?
  • Remember to explore new vocabulary when you read. Can you look in a dictionary to find out what new words mean?
  • Remember, you can keep a reading record at the back of your writing book if you like.


Spellings: aim for 10 minutes a day.

Practise some of the spelling words you need to learn.

Start with the Year one / two words and find out which ones you still need to learn. You can tick the ones you can spell off by heart. If you are confident with all of these, you can begin learning the Year 3 and 4 words.


Pick 4 or 5 a day and use LOOK-SAY-COVER-WRITE-CHECK to practise each one. 


Times tables: aim for 10 minutes a day.


2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 8s and 10s for Year 3. 

Year 4 – Your goal is to know all the times tables up to 12 x 12.

Write out the table you are learning from memory. Then ask an adult to muddle them up. Ask them to test you.

You can also play Hit the Button online, which is an easy and fun way to practise tables.

Here is a new tables game you might like to try! It’s called Penguin Jump.



And to finish: Here is the answer to Wednesday’s riddle:

Riddle:   What's bright orange with green on top and sounds like a parrot?

Answer:   A carrot!


Thursday’s riddle:

What begins with an E but only has one letter?


I will post the answer tomorrow.


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