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Thursday 25th June

Good morning Chestnut Class!


I hope you had a good day yesterday and are completing a balance of academic, creative and active learning. Remember how important it is to read every day – for enjoyment, as well as to build up your skills and improve your vocabulary and general knowledge.


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.


Remember your Science / Craft Garden project?

Here is one approach….




Here is your Home Learning for Thursday 25th June.


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




Spellings – Remember to practise for 10 minutes today at least.


Practise the key Year 3 and 4 words that you still find difficult each day this week.  


Thursday  English

Today I would like you to write a book review for a book you have recently finished. 


If you're stuck on what to say in a review, it can help to imagine you're talking to someone who's asking you whether they should read the book.

1. Start with a couple of sentences describing what the book is about

But without giving any spoilers or revealing plot twists! As a general rule, try to avoid writing in detail about anything that happens from about the middle of the book onwards. If the book is part of a series, it can be useful to mention this, and whether you think you'd need to have read other books in the series to enjoy this one.


2. Discuss what you particularly liked about the book

Focus on your thoughts and feelings about the story and the way it was told. You could try answering a couple of the following questions:

  • Who was your favourite character, and why?
  • Did the characters feel real to you?
  • Did the story keep you guessing?
  • What was your favourite part of the book, and why?
  • Were certain types of scene written particularly well - for example sad scenes, tense scenes, mysterious ones...?
  • Did the book make you laugh or cry?
  • Did the story grip you and keep you turning the pages?


3. Mention anything you disliked about the book

Talk about why you think it didn't work for you. For example:

  • Did you wish the ending hadn't been a cliffhanger because you found it frustrating?
  • Did you find it difficult to care about a main character, and could you work out why?
  • Was the story too scary for your liking, or did it focus on a theme you didn't find interesting?


4. Round up your review

Summarise some of your thoughts on the book by suggesting the type of reader you'd recommend the book to. For example: younger readers, older readers, fans of relationship drama/mystery stories/comedy. Are there any books or series you would compare it to?


5. You can give the book a rating, for example a mark out of five or ten, if you like!

Here is an example to show how you might approach this:


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Every day, Charlie Bucket walks past Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory, with its heavenly smells wafting out. When the eccentric chocolatier Mr Willy Wonka announces that there are five Golden Tickets to be won, and the prize is a visit to his wonderful factory itself, children everywhere rush to buy his products - but Charlie's family are very poor and can only afford to buy him one bar of Wonka's chocolate each year on his birthday. He never dreams he'll have the chance to see the inside of the factory for himself - but then his dreams unexpectedly come true.

Soon Charlie, his Grandpa Jo and his fellow winners are setting out on a magical tour of the factory, where a whole host of extraordinary inventions and a river of melted chocolate await them. But what else is in store for Charlie and the other children when they enter Wonka's chocolate factory?

Roald Dahl's wicked sense of humour is perfectly in evidence in this marvellously imaginative classic story, which has been loved by generations of children.



Remember to join your writing.


Parents and Carers: here is a great site which may give you some good ideas for choosing books and encouraging reading at home.



Thursday Maths


We have some final practice on telling the time. Continue to practise these skills, then choose some of the written activities below.


  1. Can you read an analogue clock? Practise with an adult and ask them to test you on different times like we have done in class.
  2. Can you read a digital clock? Work with an adult to practise this.
  3. When you are confident, practise reading the 24 hour clock.
  4. Complete some of the time activities below in your maths book.  There are some activity sheets, challenge cards or word problems to choose from.

You are welcome to complete all of them!


Word Problems


Can I solve word problems about time?

1. Maths starts at 10.30 and lasts for 45 minutes.  At what time does Maths finish?

2. Science lasts for 50 minutes and ends at 3.30.  At what time does Science start?

3. Year 4 have a 25 minute Maths lesson every day.  In one week at school how long will Year 4 have spent in Maths?  Answer in hours and minutes.

4. Class 3 needs to get to the museum at 11.30.  It is a 15 minute walk from school to the museum.  At which time must Class 3 leave school if they are to arrive at the museum at exactly 11.30?

5. Adrian spent 1/2 hours visiting 6 friends.  He spent exactly the same amount of time at each friend’s house.  How long did Adrian spend at each friend’s house?

6. Paul caught a train to Liverpool at 1.25 pm.  The journey lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes.  At what time did Paul arrive in Liverpool?


Here is a link for an analogue and digital practice clock if you need one.



Times tables

Here is a link to a times table check activity – remember that by the end of year 4, you should know all your tables by heart up to 12 x 12


More Maths…..


Twinkl has a massive range of maths worksheets available if you wish to supplement the daily class maths.


Maths Salamander also has a host of activities to try, some of which you can do from a screen or print off.


The White Rose website has stopped providing free worksheets for children, though you can still access the video clips for free tutorials on a theme.



Wednesday and Thursday Geography


On a map of Europe, can you identify the 5 most populous countries in our continent?  These are Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. 

Do you know all of their capital cities? 

Do you know what their flags look like? 

Do you know an additional geographical fact about each one (e.g. population, important river or mountain range)?


In some way, produce a fact page in your book to show all of this information. 

i) You could draw a map of Europe (not easy!) to show where each of the countries is, and show their capitals and flags on the drawing, with an additional fact labelled on there, or listed underneath.  

ii) Or do each country separately as a mini fact-file.  Perhaps draw its outline, its flag, and write down its capital and one extra fact.  


All of the information you will need to do this can be found on the website below.  Though if you have an atlas, use that! 




Some more choices…..


Keeping up to date:

Watch Newsround and discuss what is happening in the wider world. Talk to your family about the stories which are on today. What do you think?


Fingerprint Me!

A fingerprint is completely unique.  Make your own describing yourself, like this:




 50 Things to do before you are 11 ¾

A great list of outdoor activities to try!

Always check with an adult when you try these activities. 






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 9.
  • 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.

The Maths Factor is another good online game to practise tables:


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


Riddle:         What goes up and down but never moves?


Answer:     The temperature    


Today’s  riddle:


If everybody bought a white car, what would we have?


I’ll post the answer tomorrow!


You could send me some riddles if you like!



National Trust 50 Things to do before you are 11 3/4

We will be welcoming back more pupils returning to school from Monday 29th June with 2 bubbles of Year 1 and Year 5.............We will now have 45% of our pupils back in school but have run out of rooms and staff!.............The school continues to remain open as usual to vulnerable children and children of key workers in Years 2-4 (places are limited) - to book a place please contact the school office via or use the contact form on this website .............Take a look at our Noticeboard to see the activities the children in school have been getting up to.....................Please see the class pages on this website for home based learning activities each day...........................Would you like to work at Millfield? ...Check out our vacancies in the 'About Us' section...........