Science - Year 4

Y4 / Lower KS 2 Topics - Click on quick links below.

A document highlighting the difference between the new curriculum and the 2000 QCA Schemes of Work can be downloaded from here. We obtained this Scheme of Work from Michael Tidd's very good teaching blog.

During years 3 and 4, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content.

All of our year groups cover the complete curriculum with the exception of Maths, English, Computing and Language. Currently, Maths and English are being developed through new activities as well as integrated into existing ones. Aspects of P.E, such as swimming are also not covered.

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Our Year 4 activities are expected to launch mid 2023. The table below will then populate.


National Curriculum Standard Hands-On Education Activity
Sc4/1 Working Scientifically

Sc4/1.1 asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them

Sc4/1.2 setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
Sc4/1.3 making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
Sc4/1.4 gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
Sc4/1.5 recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables

Sc4/1.6 reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions

Sc4/1.7 using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions

Sc4/1.8 identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
Sc4/1.9 using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings
Sc4/2.1 All Living Things

Sc4/2.1a recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways

Sc4/2.1b explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment

Sc4/2.1c recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

Sc4/2.2 Animals including humans

Sc4/2.2a describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans

Sc4/2.2b identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions

Sc4/2.2c construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey

Sc4/3.1 States of Matter

Sc4/3.1a compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases

Sc4/3.1b 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)

Sc4/3.1c identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature

Sc4/4.1 Sound

Sc4/4.1a identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating

Sc4/4.1b recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear

Sc4/4.1c find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it

Sc4/4.1d find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it

Sc4/4.1e recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases

Sc4/4.2 Electricity

Sc4/4.2a identify common appliances that run on electricity

Sc4/4.2b construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers

Sc4/4.2c 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

Sc4/4.2d recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit

Sc4/4.2e recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors

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