Year 4 Expectations:
- Ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
- Set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
- Decide which information needs to be collected and decide which is the best way for collecting it
- Take measurements using different equipment and units of measure and record what they have found in a range of ways
- Make accurate measurements using standard units
- Explain their findings in different ways, for example, display, presentation, writing
- Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
- Make predictions based on something they have found out
- Record and present what they have found using scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables
Life and Living Processes - Biology
- Identify and describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the human digestive system
- Describe the simple functions of the organs of the human digestive system
- Identify the different types of human teeth and their simple functions
- Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
- Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
- Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
- Recognise that environments can change and this can sometimes pose dangers to living things
Physical Processes - Physics
- Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
- Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear
- Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it
- Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it
- Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.
- Identify common appliances that run on electricity
- Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
- Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
- Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
- Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.
Materials - Chemistry
- Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
- Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
- Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.