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Science – Year 4


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Essential Skills and Knowledge
I can recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
I can explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
I can recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
I can describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.
I can 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.
I can 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)I can identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.
I can identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
I can recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.
I can find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it.
I can find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
I can recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.
I can identify common appliances that run on electricity.
I can construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
I can 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.
I can recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit.
I can recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors

Communication SkillsWorking together Collaborative SkillsProblem Solving
I can ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.
Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.
I can report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions.
I can use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
I can use straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support my findings.
I work with a small group to carry out an experiment and ensure that the principles of fair testing are in place.
I can direct the work of others during an investigation.
I can work well with a partner to construct a variety of electrical circuits.
I can work in a small group to collect data.
I can discuss the ideas of others in order to extend my own learning and generate new ideas.
I offer my own ideas to help people think more deeply.
I am good at putting my point across.
I am always prepared to listen to the ideas of others.
I can use a range of processes to separate a mixture of different sized solids.
I can construct a range of electrical circuits and choose the resources independently.
I can set up an investigation to test what happens e.g. when a material is melted or cooled.
I can use the results of my investigations to make predictions.
I can find out information about habitats using reference books and search engines

Application of numberInformation Technology
I make careful observations and measure: Length, Mass, Capacity using standard measures.
I can record my results in tables, charts, graphs and pictograms.
I look for patterns in my recorded measurements and try to explain them.
I can collect data and represent it in a frequency table or tally chart.
I can convert data into bar graphs and line graphs.
I can construct graphs and decide on the appropriate intervals.
I can read scales on a variety of equipment including force meters, weighing scales and thermometers.
I can identify and group materials into solids, liquids and gases.
With support, I can record on line graphs.
I use a spreadsheet to collect data and use this to draw charts or graphs.
I use the computer to play science games in which I use my knowledge and understanding to find out answers.
I can use various sources to research.
I can use digital media to record changes.
I can read and interpret data presented electronically.
I can read and interpret data presented electronically.
I can use a branching database from a software package.
I can use a key to identify living things from a software package.
I can use sensing equipment to make observations and readings of temperature.
I use ICT to explain my hypothesis, my methods and my results.
I know that a database can be searched by field.
I can use a data logger to collect data.

Reviewed Summer 2014 – New National Curriculum

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