Mr Sussman

4 Kite

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 4

Mr Sussmann and Mrs Thamu warmly welcome you to Year 4.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Year 4, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Thamu

4 Crane

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December 2019

Computing

Pupils have continued with the coding unit this month. They have gained understanding of how the computer uses algorithms to function. They realise the importance of incorporating logical steps to achieve the outcome.

Pupils incorporated key presses and buttons within their code to make things move in different directions. They were encouraged to check their program as they created their app and to ‘debug’ the code if they found an error.

Pupils also continued practising their touch-typing skills using the online program entitled ‘Dancing Mat’

English

The children have been writing newspaper articles about their class experiences at Butser ancient farm in Hampshire. They have written interview questions for each other and role played roving reporters to ask each other questions about their experiences. They have practiced writing direct speech from their classmates answers and converted that direct speech into reported speech. The children have been exploring how to write headlines and have been creating newspapers with captions and quotations.

DT

We have been continuing our investigation of bread making techniques. The children have been researching recipes and designing their own bread rolls.  The children calculated how much flour and other ingredients were required for each of their bread rolls and worked together to mix the ingredients and knead the dough. After letting the dough prove for an hour the children kneaded the dough again and formed their bread rolls which we cooked in the school oven.  The children either tried their own bread with butter and honey (Iron age style) or took it home to their delighted parents.

History

We have been continuing our Iron age topic this month. The children have been investigating food and food production in the Iron age.  They have been learning about the hillfort at Maiden castle and have been developing their skills in analysing and interpreting evidence from archaeological sources. The children undertook an investigation into the bodies found at maiden castle. They were presented with 6 pieces of archaeological and written evidence, either from excavations at maiden castle or primary sources of Roman writers and, as teams, tried to work out what the most likely theory was for the deposition of the bodies. Several children even developed their own theories, truly channelling the time team investigators.

Maths

This month in maths we used our knowledge of rounding to estimate answers to different calculations.  We also looked at various units of measurement and how to convert from one unit to another. The children also now understand the meaning of perimeter and how a perimeter is calculated. They had great fun picking various objects round the classroom, measuring them and then calculating the perimeter.

Music

The children have continued to learn the recorder.

They are learning to perfect their breathing technique and move between the notes B,A,G and E more fluently. As well as playing, they are learning to read rhythms and continuing to read notation. Their breathing techniques and tone are improving, as well as their ability to move between notes accurately. They have developed their note repetoire and now can play D, C, B, A, G, E,

They have learnt to play ‘Silent Night’ together. Their concentration, coordination and playing techniques are developing well

Panjabi

In Year 4 children have been learning 5 sets of Panjabi letters. Children are reading and writing words by using these letters. This month they have also been learning how to make simple sentences in Panjabi like kp (ieh kp hY) and some children are using adjective in their sentences. For speaking and listening our topic for this term is Different foods and how to say their quantities in Panjabi. This month children are learning names of different fruits and vegetables. They will learn how to say different colours in Panjabi. To make our learning more interesting we are using different resources such as flash cards, pictures and clay to make their favourite fruits and vegetables.

PE

Slough Borough Council has launched an ambitious new activity programme at Khalsa Primary School.

We are working with Active Movement – an organisation set up to focus on simple changes in behaviour that empower people to sit less and move more.

The Active Movement programme is designed to evolve with the children’s own mobility, communication, education and maturity. The programme aims to educate and inspire children to reduce their sedentary behaviour and increase low-level activity as part of the home and school life.

Our children filled out a questionnaire last year to assess their levels of activity.  This year the questionnaire was filled out again and the results will now be evaluated so we can receive catered guidance on how to improve.

PSHE

We continued our ‘healthy me’ topic for PSHE and looked at the effects of smoking on our bodies.  The children were surprised of the many health risks smoking could trigger and of the way smoking could affect your appearance especially hair and nails.  Next we looked at alcohol -discussing the differences between sensible social drinking and extreme alcoholism. We also talked about how some cultures accept drinking in moderation and some do not. Legality in relation to alcohol was debated and how it varied in different countries. The children discussed what parts of the body alcohol affected.

RE

In Re this month we learnt all about Saint Nicholas and who he was. The children were surprised to learn how many names he was known by in many countries. The children also learnt how he gave because he wanted to and not for recognition. He gave because he loved God and he loved life.  They learnt that St Nicholas day was on the 7th December and were given chocolates delivered by the man himself!  We have also learnt the meaning of many carols and related them back to the Christmas story.

Sikh Studies

To mark the month of Shaheedi (Martyrdom) we have been looking at the story of the Chaar Sahibzaade (4 sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji). Children were told detailed stories during the Gurdwara Assembly and in class about the Chaar Sahibzaade. Then the children were asked to write a letter to a non-Sikh named John who saw a picture of the Chaar Sahibzaade and has asked the class to write to him and explain who the 4 boys in the picture are. Children wrote as much information they could in the letter to explain who the Chaar Sahibzaade are to a non-Sikh person.