Mr Sussman

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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

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February 2020


We have continued our work with Collage and looked at how we can represent our own identity using collage techniques.  By examining and analysing the work of Hannah Höch, the children have begun to see the impact of overlaying different facial features to represent different ideas or personality traits in faces they found in magazines.  This has culminated in the use of their own self portrait and facial features and objects found in magazines to create a self portrait representing their idea of identity.   The children’s work has been bright and imaginative and has shown some really interesting features of their personalities.


Pupils continued to create additional riddles using PowerPoint. They selected an appropriate layout and design for their slides. They were shown how the order of the animations could be changed.

They inserted appropriate images from the internet and explored different ‘entrance’ transitions that would help reveal the answer to their riddles.

Pupils were encouraged to review their work as they progressed and to make appropriate changes before saving their riddles.

They had an opportunity to present their riddles to the class and to receive feedback.


In English this month we have been continuing our work on Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.  We looked at Fronted Adverbials and can confidently identify and use them in our work.  The main writing was in the form of a diary entry and the children chose a character from the book for their entries.  Diary entries were written in the first person, they described the important events that had occurred in chronological order.  We discussed rhetorical questions and most concluded with this type of questioning to end their extract with a reflection.


We have continued with our work on Africa this month. The children have been exploring what the differences and similarities between a home in Africa and a home in the UK are.  This has culminated in a visit from Hila. Hila runs regular trips to a special community of Ethiopian Jews. We learnt all about what life is like for Habtamu, an 11-year-old boy, from Gonder in Ethiopia. We learnt about how Habtamu lives, the food he eats, the school he goes to and what he does in his free time.  For instance, Habtamu doesn’t have access to a football or a football pitch but he still plays with a ball made of wound up rags on the dusty street.  The children asked many interesting questions and were able to handle some hand made materials from the community there.


We have been continuing our work on multiplication of 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers and have been understanding various ways of doing this efficiently, by working with the skills of rounding, arrays and estimation which we have learnt earlier on this year. We have moved onto area and understood the similarity between arrays and the area of an object. We have been looking at techniques for calculating the area of different objects and have begun to understand why we measure area in cm2. We are starting to look at how to calculate the area of right-angled triangles and how to use what we know about area to calculate the area of other shapes.


I am really impressed with the improvement in the year 4 students playing the recorder.

They are developing their note repertoire and can now play top D C B A G E and bottom D.

They are continuing to read rhythms and staff notation, have learnt to play the piece ‘Indian Warrior’ and have added an Ostinato to their piece.

In order to articulate their learning, the children have continued to be paired up; one to play and one to give advice to their partner on how to improve.

They are starting to learn how to play ‘The Skye Boat Song’.


In Year 4 this term we have been learning the 5 sets of Panjabi letters and revising our previous learning by reading mukta and Kannaa words. Children are reading simple sentences with these symbols in Panjabi. For speaking and listening our main focus has been on different types of fruits and vegetables. To make our learning interesting we used various interactive resources such as flash cards and pictures. Children are making posters for their favourite fruits and to extend their learning children are doing colours in Panjabi. Children are also learning how to give instructions in Panjabi. We are also learning about Chali Mukte (Forty Liberaters) in Panjabi.


In PSHE this month the children have continued looking at healthy friendships. The main area we focussed on was ‘real friends’.  We discussed what made a real friend, what children would want from their friends and whether they had real friends.  The children analysed themselves and decided how much of a real friend they were, where they needed to improve and how they could improve.  They also talked about situations that had occurred where they felt hurt by a friend and why they were hurt. Many in the class hadn’t realised how some actions could cause pain and said they would be more thoughtful in the future.


This month we have continued with our work on Judaism, in particular we concentrated on understanding Passover and Sedar.  The children looked at the story of Moses in great depth and where the term ‘Passover’ originated from and why Passover is important to the Jewish people.  We also created a Sedar plate.  The children understand that the sedar plate is the fcal point of Passover and bears the ceremonial foods around which Sedar is based.  Beitzah, Karpas, Maror Chazeret, Zeroa and Charoset all form part of the plate that the children created.


We have been continuing our Science topic of electricity. The children were introduced to basic circuit making and design and impressed their teachers with their ability to produce circuits with several battery cells and lights. They experimented with how to make the lights brighter or dimmer and discovered that electrical charge is shared equally between different elements in the circuit and that by connecting up several batteries they could increase that charge and therefor make a light shine brighter.

Sikh Studies

This month in Sikh Studies pupils have been learning different stories about the life of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Stories (Sakhis) from the birth of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, to their childhood and to the different contributions the 10th Guru gave to the Sikhs. The children had learnt these stories through images from story books and then the children used those images to write their own short stories to go with each of the images they chose to write about. This has helped children to understand more about the greatness of Guru Gobind Singh Ji while practising their story writing skills.