Key Term Topic


1st half term: Sound Learning Questions – What is sound? and How do we hear?

2nd half term: Electricity Learning Questions – Where does electricity come from? and How are electrical circuits formed?

Children will learn about how sound is made and how it travels by conducting some simple experiments and making their own instruments. They will learn about how vibrations travel through different materials, about pitch and volume, reaching their own conclusions and writing up their findings.

By watching science clips and conducting their own research children will build an understanding of how the ear works, how sound reaches us and show what they have learned in labelled diagrams.

In their work on electricity, children will identify common appliances that run on electricity and construct an electrical circuit, identifying its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.

They will learn how to assess 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. Their learning will look at some common conductors and insulators and consider which materials are good conductors.

Related Documents

Key Subject Focus

Literacy – Narrative composition based on Moon Man, diary writing, newspaper reports and instruction writing (writing up science experiments).

Children will be encouraged to use Year 4 Sentence Types (See under Related Documents ‘Literacy Sentence Types’). Grammar learning will include speech punctuation, accurate use of apostrophes and inclusion of adverbial phrases.

Maths – Regular Times Tables learning and practise. Revisiting and extending knowledge in Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication, Fractions and Decimals. Developing problem solving and reasoning skills to choose appropriate, efficient strategies. Use of bar models to illustrate mathematical calculations.

Art – Art linked to Moon Man text and ‘Take One Picture’ artwork.

Computing – Powerpoints and algorithms using Scratch.

DT – Making, testing and fault finding in electrical circuits.

Geography – Electricity and its impact on the physical environment.

Music – Drumming including possible concert at the Cresset in Bretton.

RE – Judaism – How does the Torah influence the lives of Jewish people?

PE – Gymnastics and Tag Rugby

PSHE – Citizenship – Working Together  – Recognising and Developing Strengths, Developing and applying Communication Skills, Building Evaluation and Feedback Skills by learning how to give feedback sensitively and receive it from others.

Science – Sound and Electricity(as above)


Year 4 Work