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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October 2019

Art

The children have continuing their work on Persian designs towards creating a design for and fabricating a tile out of clay. The children continued their exploration of a particular design by iterating (copying) it several times to create a larger pattern. They chose a section of this pattern to create an actual size design for their clay tile. The children had to learn how to work a chunk of clay and flatten it into a uniform thickness in preparation for cutting it with a pattern and producing a uniform square tile.  The children had the opportunity to experiment with making incisions as well as adding material to their clay tiles create three dimensional objects.   Once the clay their tiles will be ready for display in the KPS gallery. 

Computing

At the beginning of the year, pupils created two new folders to save their work into. The first folder was entitled ‘Portfolio’. In this folder, pupils will save all their completed work. The second folder was labelled as their year group folder to save all ongoing work. 

Pupils revisited the skills of copying and pasting text and clipart into a document. They were presented with a document entitled ‘London’s Burning’. They had an opportunity to change the font, colour and size of the text once they had copied the text. They then searched for an appropriate image for the Great Fire of London and added it into the document. They were asked to format the image and then add a border. 

English

The children have been learning about Similes, fronted adverbials, Alan Peat sentences and how to write direct speech. They have used these English skills to write their own version of the Guru Nanak Dev Ji Blood and Milk story.  Mrs Thamu’s class have written the story from the perspective of Bhai Lalo, the poor carpenter and Mr. Sussmann’s class have taken the perspective of Malik Bhago, the rich merchant. The stories, written in first person, have made good use of the language the children have learnt and have incorporated excellent descriptive language. 

Geography

Our geography this month was all to do with the Travels of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The children located the area where He was born and understand that the name has been changed and that this is now in Pakistan.  They also studied the travels in greater detail and drew detailed maps outlining each of Guru Ji’s journeys.  The children understood that most of the area covered came under Asia.  In relation to our story the children looked at where the village was located in India and what difference there was in living compared to the UK.  Types of material available to build homes was looked at in greater detail, shocking some of the children, when they realised what could be used! 

Maths

Lots was covered in maths this month. The children looked at the various ways numbers could be partitioned, using words, diagrams and expressions.  The number line was then introduced up to 1000, and we looked at 1000 more and 1000 less. Using the signs for greater than and less than we compared four digit numbers and decreased our ordering skills. We also looked at rounding numbers to the nearest 1000, using number lines to help us locate the middle and then decide which thousand was the closest.  Finally this month we have been looking at negative numbers – what they are and where they are applicable. 

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 beginning to read notation. 

They have learnt to sing the song ‘No wars will stop us singing’ which focuses the positive impact that singing has on us all. They have also learnt a song called song of the winter wind which which personifies and is told from the perspective of the wind. 

The descriptions help with their description writing.

PE

For PE this term, children have been learning how to play Handball.  As Handball is a team sport we have focused on teamwork and communication.  Children have been practising to communicate verbally and non-verbally with their team by means such as eye contact and calling out the name of who they pass the ball to. 

We have also used focuses such as “we can encourage each other when mistakes are made”.  This was embedded into our lessons to help promote the idea of helping each other and not to blame teammates when the team is losing or not playing well.  Instead we learnt that giving positive comments to each other boosts our confidence and will ultimately benefit the team and individuals. 

PSHE

Our month started with discussing ‘Bullying.  We looked at what bullying meant and the different types of bullying we may come across.  There was also a school assembly on this from a qualified visitor who also conducted class workshops. We realised that sometimes bullying is hard to spot and what to do if we were witness to or a target of bullying. Role plays were used to demonstrate bullying and ways to help resolve it.  We have also looked at Celebrating Differences, by realising that sometimes we make assumptions on what people look like, we discussed accepting people for who they are. 

RE

This month in RE, we looked closely at the story of Abraham and Sarah.  The children discussed the character of Abraham and his complete devotion to God. So much so that there was no hesitation when it came to sacrificing his own son. The children then retold this story highlighting the key message. We are also looking at Judaism.   The Torah has been discussed in great detail and the children have produced tea stained paper, similar to paper used in the early days. Comparisons were made with this and other religions.

Science

We have been continuing our work on biology; humans and other animals in science this month. The children have been exploring teeth. 

They have learnt about the three main types of teeth; Incisors, canine’s and molars. They have looked at different animals, a mix of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, and matched teeth to those animals.  They have also explored a particular tooth type and produced posters in their English books based on their own research. We have also looked at why we brush our teeth and how we look after our teeth and gums. Children have had the opportunity to practice in class with toothbrushes.

Sikh Studies

This month pupils have been learning about the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji from watching a short animation on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life. They firstly derived as many teachings as they could from the short clips shown from the animation. From there they chose one of the teachings and then applied it to a real life situation that they could relate to through role play. Here are the photos of them preparing and showing their role plays. This took place over a series of lessons. Afterwards they wrote down how they can use each of the teachings from Guru Nanak Dev Ji in their day-to-day life.