Mrs Van Rooyen

4 Kite

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 4

Mrs van Rooyen 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

April 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:

Arts

In Art, we learnt how to annotate and review our completed art. We commented on what we liked most, what we would like to improve for next time and commented on what we have learnt and what our next steps could be. We also had to think about our skills we tried to develop.  

We continued to refine our collage techniques by completing different pieces of collage by studying the work of our artist, Hannah Hoch, a German artist, as an inspiration to complete our work. We learnt how to arrange our images to ensure that they are overlapping, like in Hannah’s art, to create the perfect collage.

Computing

Over this half term, the children have been encouraged to apply and consolidate the skills that they learnt during the spring term. They had to create a symmetrical picture of a butterfly using a variety of shapes. In order to do this effectively, the children had to resize and manipulate the shapes accurately. They were also taught how to copy and paste these shapes quickly using shortcut keys.  

Children know how to format the shapes by incorporating different colours, textures, gradients and patterns. They have used the process of layering to create their picture.

English

In English this month, we have learnt about St George and how, according to ancient legend, he protected villagers from a mighty beast. We also revised nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs in close relation to our topic the Vikings. Using this knowledge, we used various nouns and adjectives to describe stereotypical features from a Viking image.  

We have learnt lots of new vocabulary and many synonyms to describe Vikings. In our guided reading, we have looked at the Victorious Vikings and inferred from various sources while increasing our knowledge as to what they were truly like. 

Geography

In Geography this month, we looked at where the Vikings originally came from and how Norway, Sweden and Denmark are the countries that make up Scandinavia.   

We then looked at where they arrived in Britain and their mode of transport – the Longboats.  The children illustrated the Viking territories on maps so they could clearly see how much of Britain was Viking territory. The children appreciate where the Viking homelands were and where the Viking settlements were.  We looked at York in particular due to the great archaeological dig in Coppergate, where artefacts were found in  the 1970’s. 

History

In History we have been looking at the Vikings.  Our aim for the month was to understand and appreciate when events occurred.   

We started from when the Romans left Britain in AD 410 all the way through to the Vikings leaving in AD 1100.  The children were able to comprehend how the timings fitted in with their knowledge of the battle of Hastings AD 1066 and the first invasion by the Vikings in AD793. The children learnt how the Vikings came to Britain looking for lucrative new items to trade in and how they raided and pillaged Monasteries. 

Maths

This term was quite a busy term in our maths lessons. We learnt everything about fractions!  

We learnt how to recognise and show – using diagrams – families of common equivalent fractions, solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number. We can now also add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. We found out that if we don’t know our times tables, we found it harder to complete our work and therefore, some of us decided to learn our times tables in no time!

Music

Year 4 have been learning to sing rounds related to their topic, the Vikings. The have added Rhythm and pulse using djembe drums and other percussion instruments. They have understood the need for chants as Vikings rowed, and have learnt to follow their own, emphasising rhythm, pulse and dynamics. They sang and rowed to emphasise the need for teamwork and keeping in time. They followed 4 different chants which they perform together, internalising the rhythm.

Physical Education (P.E.)

Children have learning to play Cricket.   

We have been practicing our bowling and fielding and learning the different terms used in cricket such ‘over’.  Children now know how many bowls constitute an over and are learning about the different positions in fielding such as a wicket keeper. 

We have focusing on organisational skills and children are now responsible to sort themselves out into teams and arrange their own batting and bowling order.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

In PSHE this month, we looked at Dreams and Goals. Children openly talked about their own experiences – both positive and negative. As a group, we chatted about how to deal with broken dreams and overcome disappointment. The children realised that all types of disappointment were important, no matter how large or small. We then discussed various strategies that would allow us to all move forward from a disappointment.  

Children learnt to look ahead by learning how to create new dreams and achieve new goals by setting realistic targets.  Finally we looked at how our success was celebrated. 

Religious Education (R.E.)

During this month, we learnt about Judaism, but we also asked ourselves why Easter was important to the Christians. We watched a video and had some discussions why Jesus was crucified and how Jesus’ tomb was found empty and that it was discovered that he raised from the dead.  

In our discussion, we also drew a comparison between Jesus and Guru Nanak. One aspect of Judaism we looked at is the coming to age of young children. We learnt that boys and girls are coming to age at the age of 13 – for boys – and 12 for girls. We watched some videos to understand the celebrations of the Bar Mitzvah and the Bat Mitvah and learnt that we all have responsibilities at different points of our lives and how to cope with those responsibilities.

Science

In science, we have been learning about different types of materials and their properties and to classify them in groups according to their properties.  

Through various practical experiments, we explored changes of state, how some changes are reversible while others are not, investigated magnetism and conductivity in metals and non-metals. We have begun to make predictions and justifying them by using scientific concepts that we know about and also to think about independent and dependent variables when conducting our experiments.

Sikh Studies

In Sikh Studies children are learning about a famous Sikh in history called Bhai Bachittar Singh Ji. They have been learning about his life’s works including his bravery and many achievements. We compared this person with Saint George and the dragon in the Christian religion.  

Bhai Bachittar Singh Ji fought against a mad armoured elephant in the Mogul Army during the time of Guru Gobind Singh Ji at Sri Anandpur Sahib. The children researched art work in relation to this battle and look at the facts about the story in detail to compare with Saint George’s story about the dragon.