Science Year 4

Year 4 Expectations:

Working Scientifically

  • 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.

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