Year 4 science attainment

A boy looking at a model of the solar systemWhat should my child be able to do by the end of year 4?

During Year 3 and Year 4 science, children will be working towards the knowledge, skills and understanding listed below. There are no separate expectations for the end of Year 3, although children will be developing their proficiently in science and may well be able to do some of the following.

By the end of Year 4, most children will be able to:

  • Respond to suggestions and put forward their own ideas about how to find the answer to a question.
  • Recognise why it is important to collect data to answer questions.
  • Use simple texts to find information.
  • Make relevant observations and measure quantities such as length or mass using a range of equipment.
  • Carry out a fair test with some help, recognising and explaining why it is fair.
  • Record their observations appropriately.
  • Provide explanations for observations and for simple patterns in recorded measurements.
  • Communicate in a scientific way what they have found out and suggest improvements in their work.

How can I help my child at home?

  • Go to the library or look online to find out about famous scientists in the past and the impact they have on our lives today.
  • Make a scientific time line showing when significant scientific discoveries were made.
  • Discover how many things that we take for granted in our everyday lives are linked to scientific discoveries.
  • Carry out simple scientific investigations at home - try ‘The Naked Scientists’ site run by researchers at Cambridge University for some great kitchen science experiments.
  • Look to see how indoor plants in different positions around the house respond to light.
  • Compare contrasting habitats when out and about, encouraging your child to notice how the plants and animals vary.
  • Encourage your child to take an interest in space, noting and discussing phenomena such as day and night, shadows, the movement of the moon and the seasons.
  • Visit places with a science focus such as, museums, aquariums, animal. conservation centres and zoos.
  • Continue to cook and discuss the observable changes which occur when different materials are heated and/or cooled. Can any of these changes be reversed (eg melting ice)?


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