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Acquistion of knowledge and skills

Living Things and Their Habitats – The Life Processes

After testing our prior knowledge, we learned about what all living things do: the seven life processes. Using a mnemonic, we described the seven processes in both animals and plants.


Living Things and Their Habitats - The Local Environment

After observing living things in the local environment, the children researched how the local environment changes throughout the year and how this affects the living things found there.


Electricity – The History of Electricity

Year 4 have been researching famous scientists and the important discoveries throughout the history of electricity. Using this information, they sequenced these events on a timeline and wrote information about each event.


'I can't believe that Benjamin Franklin purposely wanted to be struck with lightening to prove that it was electrical - this was so dangerous!' - Grace


‘Did you know that street lighting was the first public use of electricity?’ - Charlie




Sound – How is Sound Made?

 We have been acquiring knowledge about how sound is made by working scientifically and taking part in a number of exciting investigations. Using our observation and listening skills, we discovered how sound is made and how vibrations travel.

'It was amazing when I saw the ping pong ball start to move when I hit it with the tuning fork. The vibrations made the ball swing from side to side!' - Honor


'When we hit the drum harder, the rice bounced up higher because the vibrations were stronger!' – Joe



States of Matter – The Water Cycle

To further our knowledge of evaporation and condensation, we learned about the different stages of the water cycle. To support our learning, we completed a diagram and described what happens at each stage using scientific vocabulary. 




Animals Including Humans – Human Teeth and their Functions

After learning about the different teeth human have and their functions, we created an information text to present our new found knowledge. We used a diagram and scientific vocabulary to showcase what we had learned, alongside our Year 4 writing skills.