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

July 2019

What we have been learning so far:


In DT this month we learnt about the design cycle.  Our brief was to make a souvenir pencil case with a significance to Slough.  The first phase of the cycle is the research phase and we looked at various existing pencil case designs, commenting on their features and whether they served the purpose they were designed to serve.  We worked our way down to two designs and in detail analysed each before deciding on the design we were going to make. We then drew a sketch of our design and refined it making a note of all the design features to ensure it followed our brief and purpose.


Pupils have continued with the coding unit this month. They have gained understanding of how the computer uses algorithms to function. They realise the importance of incorporating logical steps to achieve the outcome.

In ‘That’s Amazing, pupils used a code to program a spaceship to move in different directions when different keys were pressed. They designed a maze and then used conditional ‘if’ statement in their code to program a spaceship to stop when it hit the wall of the maze. They were encouraged to practise and evaluate their own game before asking other pupils to play and provide feedback.


This term we were learning to develop our skills and understanding about informing the reader. We also learnt more about participating in discussions especially about our local area: Slough. We had to think about our audience and what effect we want to have on the reader with our tier 2 vocabulary.  We had opportunity to do some research and to gather our facts about Slough, our local community. We also read online news reports about future and current improvements in Slough in order to incorporate those facts so that our leaflet has more volume about real life in Slough. All the time we thoughtfully kept our success criteria in mind, which includes: fronted adverbials, sub-ordinate clauses, conjunctions and formal language.


In Geography this month we have been concentrating on our local area – Slough.  We looked at the differences and similarities between a hamlet, village, town and city.  Using the learn pads we researched the various buildings and landmarks in Slough and its history.  We took a trip down memory lane and looked at geographical features that have changed over the years. We looked at how industry in Slough had changed greatly over the years and children discussed how these changes had affected them. We can now confidently locate Slough on a map.  We have also learnt about four figure grid references and symbols used on maps.


In Maths we have studied shapes and we learnt about polygons and quadrilaterals and their properties. We then moved on to angles and triangles and we also studied their properties. In addition, we ordered and compared angles, looked at lines of symmetry and completed symmetrical figures. Our final topic was position and direction where we studied coordinates, described positions and also learnt how to translate shapes on a grid. Our knowledge about coordinates came in handy when we improved our map skills in Geography where we learnt about the 4 grid reference.


The children have continued to play the chime bars as accompaniments to a variety of pieces following pitches and rhythms.

They have begun to read crotchets and quavers and have written their own which they have learnt to play

They not only play melodies but are beginning to play chords to songs

They are continuing to pay attention to the changes in sound, dynamics, pitch, tempo, pulse and timbre.

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month we have been asking children how active they are in and out of school.  At the start of the year a company called Active Movement came in and asked children how much exercise they got during a normal school day and on the weekends.  They did this via a questionnaire which all children filled out. Now this month we had to answer the questionnaire again and send results to Active movement so they can analyse and send us a report.  The report will come with findings and also recommendations that we can consider to increase our levels of physical exercise.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

In Y4, we have been learning about the importance of friendship and how to maintain a good relationship with our friends and also to respect our friends and their feelings. We have also learnt about strategies we can use if things get slightly ‘tough’ and we don’t know how to deal with or control our feelings and temper. Also, we have learnt about making the right choices when playing and communicating outside in the playground and that very action has a consequence. At the moment, we try to do the right thing and make the right choices even though we know it’s sometimes hard, we know it’s always the right thing to do.

Religious Education (R.E.)

In RE this month we have revisited the ten commandments and that God gave it to Moses on Mount Sinai. We learnt how Christians follow these commandments to show commitment to God and we understood that to have a good life, Christians follow these rules throughout their life. We then drew a comparison to the rules that guide Sikhs and discovered that we share exactly the same values at Khalsa displayed on all our classroom walls. When we thought about our own rules, we included the way we should treat other people around us and decided we want to treat everyone equally in all fairness. We also discussed our trip to the Synagogue where we learnt about the Jews and how they pray, comparing this to our daily visits to the gurdwara.


In science this month we have been concentrating on Biology.  We have been learning about both animals and humans.  Our focus for the half term is to plan an investigation by working scientifically and incorporating observation over time with comparative and fair data.  We have looked at the body and how our muscles work. We conducted an experiment to try and find out if people with long legs jump further. We collected our data and presented it in a graph and like real scientists, we interpreted our data. We found out that the length of the leg doesn’t affect how far a person jumps.

Sikh Studies

This term we have been learning about Guru Arjan Dev Ji, we presented our knowledge to the school through an assembly. Children from a variety of classes took part in singing shabads about the shaheedi of Guru Arjan Dev Ji. In year 6 we presented Guru Ji’s life as well as the reasons behind why he was tortured. In the assembly we spoke both Panjabi and English to present the history behind the story. After the assembly we all worked as a team to serve Shabeel, as well as discussing the reason behind why we do a Shabeel.

In year 4 we have been learning about Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s life and background involving his family. We started off by mind mapping our knowledge about Guru Ji’s life. We looked at some pictures that depicted each event in Guru Ji’s life and constructed some paragraphs for each day. As well as this we looked at the contributions that Guru Ji made for Sikhism. In addition to this we learnt about the compilation of the Adhi Granth. Furthermore, we learnt about Guru Ji’s influences on sewa and respect to other religions which can we seen through the way Harmandir Sahib was built and how the foundation stone of Harmandir Sahib was layed by Sain Mia Mir Ji.