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Welcome to Kestrel Class Home Learning Page!


Keep checking this page regularly for ideas and links to website for things to do at home in addition to the activities in your Home Learning Packs.


Please find below an updated Home Learning Menu to take you up until half term. Many thanks to all those of you sharing work and photos of things you’ve been up to via our class email. Thank you all for putting in so much effort with your work, I’m very proud of all of you. Take care every one and I’ll look forward to seeing you on the ZOOM calls next week!

New Talk for Writing Booklets for Year 3 and Year 4

Recommended Reads Bookmarks for our Class Display

Summer Term Information





Hello Kestrels!

I hope you have had a relaxing Easter break and are ready to start our Summer term even though we aren’t back in school just yet. I’m missing you all lots! Our new topic for this term is.....


Where my wellies take me!


Throughout this topic we will be learning lots about our local area, our country and the things around us by exploring tasks linking to Geography, History, Art and much more. We have planned lots of fun activities for you to be doing while learning at home which can be found in your new homework menu (file attached below). For more resources and links, keep scrolling down this page to find information for each subject. 


Remember, other places you can find extra activities are Purple MashSumdogTT Rockstars and Education City (your log in is the same as your Sumdog password). 


Something else you may want to take part in is the next Sumdog Competition! This starts on Friday 24th April and will run like other ones we have taken part in. Your task is to answer as many of the 1,000 questions correctly as you can! You have all been amazing at this before – let’s see how many of you can get on the leader board this time!


Please expect a telephone call from me this week to talk to both you and your parents to check in and see how you are. I will answer any questions you may have and ensure you are all finding and understanding the activities in the Home Learning Menus.


Stay safe,


Miss La Croix J


As well as the activities listed in your Home Learning Menus, please find below website links to help with the activities or other ideas to try too :-)



Please try to make sure you are reading for at least 15 minutes a day. Explore different places you can read, make a reading den, or try reading to a sibling or your pet!


Oxford Owls - This is a great website that have a big selection of banded books and a variety of fiction and non fiction books too. 


David Walliams audible books - One of our favourite authors is releasing a new audio book each day, have a listen or try and read along too if you have the book!


Comprehension activities:


Reading question cards - Try answering some of the questions on these reading response cards during and after you have read to check you have understood the story.


You could also try the following:


  • Predicting what is going to happen next.
  • Creating a story board to show how the character’s feelings have changed throughout the book/chapter.
  • Picking out sentences and using them to explain how or why a character might be feeling a certain way.
  • Imagining what a character from your story looks like and trying to draw a picture of them.



Talk for Writing Booklets


Please find below the appropriate Year 3 and Year 4 Talk for Writing booklets 'The Truth about Trolls' and 'The King of the Fishes'.


Try to work through these to develop understanding of structuring writing, implementing grammar in context and for plenty of fun writing activities :)


Year 3 - Truth about Trolls - Talk for Writing booklet.pdf

Year 4 - The King of the Fishes - Talk for Writing booklet.pdf



Visit this web page at 9.30am daily for many interactive activities.



Writing a Letter


Write a letter to a friend or a relative about what’s been happening in your life since school has closed and how it is different. Hopefully they’ll write back! Remember to try and include the following features in your letter:


- Layout – your address, their address, date

- Expanded noun phrases

- Fronted adverbials

- Remember ‘a’ or ‘an’ before nouns (it is ‘an’ before a vowel, ‘a’ the rest of the time)

-Varied sentence types – questions and exclamations as well as statements

- Varied sentence structures:

  • double ly (quietly and cautiously)
  • the more, the more (the more we explored, the more exciting the adventure became)
  • both and (I was both nervous and excited)
  • adjective, same adjective (the town was silent, silent because all the residents had fled.)
  • 3ed (frightened, shocked and exhausted, the princess ran for home.)


Here is a word mat to give you a few ideas of some of the language you may want to use:


Use this letter below as an example to explain some different grammar features you can try to include. 




Write a newspaper article


It could be centred around your family (‘A day in the life of the Brown Family’) or an event that has happened during school closure or even about schools closing. Try to include these features in your newspaper article:


- Headline

- An introduction that includes the 5ws (who, what, when, where and why)

- Conjunctions to extend your sentences

- Paragraphs

- Consistent past tense

- Think about who you might interview to include speech punctuation



Why don't you have a read of these examples first and observe the type of language they use. You may find some brilliant words and phrases you want to magpie!


Examples of newspaper reports



Grammar activities: 


Use this link to go on to Education City to find several different grammar activities. 


Fronted adverbials activity sheet:

Fronted adverbials .docx

Inverted commas activities:

Inverted commas.pdf

Inverted commas 2.pdf

Terminology explained:

LKS2 Punctuation and Grammar Terminology Explained .pdf


Try to go on TT Rockstars daily and/or practise your 77 club cards. I can't wait to see how many clubs you will have moved up!


White Rose Maths Hub

The White Rose Maths Hub is something we use in school and they are providing videos to help children follow along with the topics we would be doing at this time of the year if we were in school. Please find the appropriate Year 3 and Year 4 topics and links below.


About the resource:

Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully, along with downloadable resources and answers to the questions.


Year 3: Fractions

We would be learning about fractions if we were in school. Please go to where there are a series of five maths lessons each week to complete. Begin by starting with Week 1 (which is the end of our Spring block) for work on fractions, then week 2 and then Summer Week 1. More lessons will be updated and shared over the coming weeks.


Year 4: Tenths, hundredths and decimals

We would be learning about tenths, hundredths and decimals if we were in school. Please go to where there are a series of five maths lessons each week to complete. Begin by starting with Week 1 (which is the end of our Spring block) for work on tenths, then week 2 (hundredths) and then Summer week 1 (decimals). More lessons will be updated and shared over the coming weeks.


Power Maths


White Rose have put together a fantastic resource for you to be able to complete at home. Available to use is the Spring block book which covers five areas: multiplication and division, money, statistics, length and fractions. Each unit of work works through three sections:


  • A ‘discover’ section where new maths concepts and problems are explored
  • A ‘share’ section which discusses some of the different strategies or methods that could be used to solve the problem
  • A ‘think together’ section which gives you the opportunity to apply your new learning and solve similar questions and problems.


Try and complete as many of activities in the Power Maths book as you can.

Go to and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find links to either Year 3 Power Maths or Year 4 Power Maths. You will need to agree to their terms and conditions but it is completely free.


Maths on the Move Home Challenges!

Click on the link below to have a go at some fun maths challenges around the house: 



Number Trail

(activity number 10 on the Maths on the Move Home Challenge)

Click on this link to access the other activity from Maths on the Move, a fun number trail (activity number 10 on the Maths on the Move Home Learning Sheet above). 

A grown up will need to cut out the number trail cards (you should have 20 trail cards) and hide these randomly around the house. Then use the number trail answer sheet to work out the answers to the 20 questions.



Our new topic in Science for this term is: Animals including humans.

This means we will be learning lots about how the body and digestive system works, the different teeth both animals and humans have, as well as learning about food chains and nutrients that food provides. 

Here are some examples of working models that show how the digestive system works. Why don't you see if you can make your own example!


You could use this resources list as a guide to start making your own model of the digestive system

Digestion System Model Investigation resources list.pdf


Investigate Tooth Decay:

Observe what happens to hard-boiled eggs when put in a variety of different drinks over 5 days. Record what happens and use your observations to explain what might happen to teeth when we drink different things.

Use the investigation template below to set up your experiment and guide your thinking and evaluation. 

Science investigation template.doc



Throughout our new topic of 'Where my wellies take me', we will be learning lots about our local area, as the as other places of significance within the United Kingdom. 


Try to create a map of a walk you have been on recently, then use Google maps, an atlas, or a paper map to create a new walk you would like to go on with your family. 


When learning about the United Kingdom, we will look at where different cities are in our country as well as different famous landmarks. Try to add some landmarks you either already know or have research to the map below (or create your own!). Why not use a key to keep you map neat and organised? 


Map template: landmarks.docx





Religious Education



In RE we had moved on to our next topic, Judaism.

Can you find out what the following are used for in a synagogue?

  • Ark
  • Torah
  • Yad
  • Tallit
  • Bimah

Draw and label these items with a sentence explaining what they are or create a quiz (with answers!) for your family to have a go at answering.


Create a model of a synagogue using an old shoe box or something similar. Can you show where the five items listed above would be located in the synagogue? Within the synagogue, remember to have separate seats for men and women. The following websites may be of help:







Mr Sage has given us the following web links for you to complete some French work: a fantastic resource with a variety of simple topics, including audio for pronunciation, and links to games. links to videos on a variety of topics a YouTube channel with lots of French songs- choose things we have learnt, e.g. months, days of the week, colours Key Stage 2 French BBC bitesize link a set of 9 topics for Primary French links to traditional French songs/ stories- a bit hard to understand but great for hearing rhymes and practising pronunciation games on different topic areas scroll down to access a list of topics- watch the videos to learn key vocabulary





Online Safety:


During home learning, the children may use computing more than usual and it is really important for us to stay safe online. Also, we must remember to balance the children's screen time. If you need any information on your child's screen time, then please check our online safety tab and it will have lots of documents for you to explore.


You could also explore these documents which explore a 'Healthy Me' diary and a computing home learning document:


Please always remember:


Remember to use these websites to help with your learning at home too:



Rapid Reading


PE With Joe | Monday 20th April

Yoga for Kids!

Follow along as Sophia Khan leads a fun and family-friendly introduction to yoga. You'll get to warm up, practice breathing and poses, and relax into a power...

Happy Easter everyone!


I have found some great Easter themed Maths activities for you to have a go at doing during the Easter holidays. I know we're already some way through the holidays but thought I'd share them with you all the same. These can be found on the White Rose Maths website by clicking the link here: 


Hope you're all well, missing you all lots. Happy Easter!


Miss La Croix

Hi everyone!


Below is a link to a website called ChatterPack who have created a huge list of links of home learning resources for schools and families. It contains so many brilliant resources and ideas - links to free audio books, maths games, virtual tours of zoos and so much more.


I hope it's useful.





Easter Garden Competition - 8th April

Here are some details for an Easter Garden Competition organised by Wells Cathedral - closing date April 8th...


Here are some extra ideas and challenges for you to have a go at doing at home: