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.
In Art this month we have been looking at artists that create their work using material that can be recycled. We looked at Romuald Hazoume and Josh Blackwell, but we are concentrating on an artist called Nnenna Okore. We have looked at her work in detail. Discussing her detailed textures and her lovely mis of colours. We learnt that the skills she uses in her art are teasing, twisting, dyeing and sewing.it has been great fun practicing the of twisting and weaving using material that can be recycled in preparation for our final piece.
In English we have been exploring persuasive writing. We have been looking at some persuasive writing devices and annotating some model persuasive writing texts to understand what makes a great piece of persuasive prose. We have been further developing our persuasion skills by exploring different debate formats as a year group. The children have explored how to use body language and tone of voice to persuade their peers. We have some budding politicians among us! We have started to look at how we structure a debate and discussed the motion “Teachers should be replaced by robots” I’m pleased to announce that the motion was soundly defeated!
The children have been exploring properties of shape and how to read and interpret charts this month. We have looked at different types of angles and the children have developed skills and techniques for recognising acute and obtuse angles. They have used rulers and their knowledge of parallel and perpendicular lines to make the identification. We have also started looking at charts and children have been identifying the key information in order to better read and understand the data in them.
I have been very proud of the attitude of the students this term as some music restrictions are still in place.
By using the hall and spreading children out, year 4 have learnt to sing a round based on recycling.
They have taken part in activities to strengthen their feeling of a pulse beat
They have learnt to follow simple rhythms and play them simultaneously on drums
This Month in PE we have been learning how to play Cricket. Children have practiced the various skills required to play Cricket such as throwing, catching, batting and bowling.
Children have also learned some of the terminology associated with the sport such as ‘LBW’ and ‘Over’.
We hope to continue practicing our skills in cricket and learn more of the rules regarding the game.
In PSHE this month we have had great fun and enjoyment talking about Friends and friendship. We have discussed in great detail what makes a good friend and why certain characteristics make a good friend. We appreciate that you have to work hard to be a good friend and keep your friendship. We also discussed how we could improve at being a better friend. A discussion took place on how in a friendship there is give and take, and that if one person is always giving or taking, then this doesn’t make a good friendship.
In RE this month we have been looking at Parables. We started by discussing the meaning of the word parable and then moved on to understand why Jesus used them in his teaching. This month we have looked at two parables – ‘The Good Samaritan’ and ‘The Lost Shepherd’. We now appreciate where the idiom – ‘to be a good Samaritan’ comes from. Both stories we have looked at so far help us to understand what message Jesus was trying to teach to all those listening. We appreciate how these stories have stood the test of time and are still told today. We cannot wait to look at more next month.
In Science this month the children have started to look at our climate and environment. We have begun to understand the impact of different greenhouse gases and where they come from on climate change. The children should be able to tell you the main sources of greenhouses gases on our planet. We have looked at how greenhouse gases move into our atmosphere and how they contribute to global warming. We will carry on looking at how different man made processes contribute to changes in our environment and climate over the summer term.