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Year 4 Science Objectives

Living things and their habitats

  • To recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
  • To explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
  • To recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

 

Animals, including humans

  • To describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.
  • To identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
  • I can construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

 

States of matter

  • To compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.
  • I can 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).
  • To identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

 

Sound

  • To identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
  • To recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.
  • To find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it To find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
  • To recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.

 

Electricity

  • To identify common appliances that run on electricity.
  • To construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
  • To 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.
  • To recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit.
  • To recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.
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