KS2 – Science key stage 2, year 4 from 2016

Year 4 science, covers Living things and their habitats, States of matter, Sound and Electricity. Read the following KS2 Year 4 Curriculum to give you a good understanding of what your child or student needs to know for the new curriculum.

BIOLOGY – Living things and their habitats

  • B4a: Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of way
  • B4b: Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment

BIOLOGY – Animals including humans

  • B4c: Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living thing
  • B4d:  Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
  • B4e:  Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions
  • B4f: Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey

CHEMISTRY – States of matter

  • C4a: Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
  • C4b: 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)
  • C4c: Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature matter


  • P4a: Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
  • P4b: Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear
  • P4c: Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it
  • P4d: Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it medium to the ear
  • P4e: Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases

PHYSICS – Electricity

  • P4f:  Identify common appliances that run on electricity
  • P4g:  Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
  • P4h:  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
  • P4i:  Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
  • P4j:  Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors