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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January 2020


In Art this term we have been looking at the work of the Turner prize winner Lubaina Himid and collage.  Children have experimented with various different tearing and cutting out techniques and have produced imaginative and creative collages already. They have explored their own identities and created a mind map in order to inform the work for the rest of the term.


Pupils have had an opportunity to use the program PowerPoint to write their own riddles. They are able to add slides and select an appropriate layout for their presentation.

Pupils have used text boxes to add their clues for their riddles and to position them within the slide. They have selected appropriate images from the internet that will help reveal the answer to their riddles.

Pupils have added animations, transitions and designs to each of the slides. They will have an opportunity to present their riddles to the class and to receive feedback.


Our English writing task this term is to write a diary entry based upon our guided reading book Mufaro’s beautiful daughters. This book is set in a historical version of Zimbabwe and is a famous African folk tale. The children have drawn interesting parallels between this book and the story of Cinderella as well as drawing on their knowledge from our previous topic in associating features of the book with what they learnt about the Bronze and Iron ages. We have been examining the book in detail during our guided reading sessions and have begun to explore some specialist vocabulary in the book as well as taking another look at fronted adverbials and learning about the Alan Peat 3ed sentences.  The children have been exploring verbal storytelling and have retold the story to their peers using gestures and verbal storytelling techniques.


We have begun our new Geography topic this month. The children are examining Africa. We begun our topic by looking at maps of Africa and learning about some of its physical geography. Children traced maps of Africa and some of its constituent countries and researched capital cities, mountains and lakes found on the continent. Our topic has progressed to the social geography where we are exploring similarities and differences between lived experiences in Africa and at home. We are tying our geography topic work in with our English, Art and RE work and we look forward to a visit in February when we will learn about the life of a child in Ethiopia.


In Maths, the children have been completing their work on perimeter. We have also started our new spring module of multiplication and children have been learning various efficient and less efficient ways to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers by single digit numbers. They have been using their knowledge of partitioning, number bonds and times tables to work out smart ways to multiply larger numbers.  We have also begun regular weekly work on times tables in order to prepare the children for the national times table tests in the summer. We encourage all of the children to do daily practice at home as well as supporting this with regular practice in school, online and with flash cards. We have also been running weekly benchmarking to monitor their progress.  The children have been working hard and we are seeing good improvement from the majority of them.


In Music, the children are continuing to learn the recorder.

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

They have begun to read rhythms and staff notation.

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


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. 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 been looking at healthy friendships in great detail. We discussed what it felt like when people put us under pressure. Children talked about what pressure was and the different types of pressure they have felt. We then came up with ideas and ways to resist this pressure and only do what we wanted to do.  The children identified their feelings of anxiety and fear associated with peer pressure. ‘True/real’ friends were talked about in great detail with children sharing their views on what ‘true/real’ friends would or would not do.


This month we have been looking at Judaism and how important it is for Jewish people to do what God has asked them to do.  We looked at whether we had to follow any rules that allowed us to eat only certain foods. Our favourite food was discussed and how we would feel if we were told not to eat it.  We discussed the meaning of kosher and the children then looked at what Jews can and cannot eat if they keep Kosher.


We started our new science topic this month of electricity.  During week 1 we found out what we already knew about electricity, electrical circuits and conductors and insulators. During our first practical science day we explored the phenomenon of static electricity. We learned that static electricity is created through friction and looked at some examples in the natural world such as volcanic lightening. We conducted a series of experiments including whether rubbing a balloon with a cloth more increased the amount of static electricity it held, spinning a straw with just the power of our hands and playing ping pong without touching the ball.

Sikh Studies

To mark Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Gurpurab that was in early January, this month children have been looking at the family of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and creating a family tree to show Guru Ji’s family. They were shown pictures and short video clips from the Chaar Sahibzaade movie showing Guru Ji’s family. Then children had to create their own family tree of Guru Ji’s family.

Some children who were Greater Depth and who had more knowledge were able to extend their family tree further to include the extended family of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. This helped the children to understand the relationship between the 10th Guru and previous Gurus.