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Creating our own criteria for grouping living things

How do we know something is living?

Our living things topic in science is now in full swing and the children have brought all of their skills together to create these beautiful posters. Working incredibly hard, individually or in pairs, the children planned and designed an eye catching poster to describe one of the key features that all living things have in common.

 

They chose how to present their ideas, illustrate them and explain what they mean in a way that would be understandable to the Year 2 children. We will be presenting their posters to their younger peers after half term. The added purpose to the task really helped spark their creativity and deepen the children's understanding as they thought about how they could explain difficult concepts to younger children.

Classifying different types of teeth and their functions

 

Year 4 have started looking at living things and their teeth. In this activity, the children worked in their groups to sort a range of images showing skulls and teeth. They were not told which animal was the owner of each set of gnashers but instead had to use their knowledge of animals' needs, behaviour and diet to come up with ideas.

 

The children were given free choice to decide how to group the teeth and skulls they were given, as well as how they presented their work, and their broad response was excellent. Some deciding to group into predators and prey, another group sharp and blunt teeth, while others attempted to classify them into mammals, reptiles, birds and fish.

 

Have a look at how they did!

Animals and their teeth

Science Week - November 2017

Science Week 2017

 

This week, Churchend children across the school have been taking part in exciting science activities to celebrate Science Week. Year 4 are no exception and have been investigating the science behind states of matter.

 

We kicked off the week with this simple experiment known as Dancing Raisins, though the Wolves decided they looked more to be jumping instead of dancing. The experiment involved adding raisins to different carbonated drinks like soda water and tonic water and predicting, observing and recording what happened. It was great to see the children to involved and excited as the bubbles formed on their raisins and hearing them urge them to the surface and gave them a brilliant demonstration of how gases and liquids can interact.

 

More to come for the Wolves this science week!

Pitch Investigation - Autumn I

 

Year 4 have been studying sound as their science topic this half term. We have been looking at how sounds are created by a source and caused by vibrations. Over the course of our science lessons we have studied how we hear things, how distance effects the way we hear a sound and conducted a School Sound Survey.

 

This week, we discussed the difference between pitch and volume of sound and the children carried out their own investigations into how we can change the pitch and volume of a sound. We had xylophones, guitars, milk bottles and boomwhackers to experiment with a the children gained some great insights based on their own activities.

Year 4 Pitch Investigation

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