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This half term in science year 4 are learning about sound.
We began by looking at different instruments and discussed how the sound is made. We have talked about and recognise that vibrations make sounds. This links well with year 4 learning to play the guitar this half term too!
As an extension to recognising that sound is caused by vibrations, children have experimented and found patterns between how loud a sound is and the size of the vibration. Children then explained their results.
We then linked our learning to how we hear sound.
On Wednesday, Year 4 took a trip to Durham Cathedral for a two part trip; one half day of Anglo Saxons and another of fieldwork. We looked around the many features of the cathedral, seeing a range of artifacts and stained glass windows as well as the fantastic stonework of the building.
We also used compasses to identify the direction of north and followed our compass directions along the river. We located landmarks and interesting places of the surrounding area and used grid references to record them.
Our Science topic this half-term is called Brilliant Bubbles, which is as much fun as it sounds! We're using a variety of bubble mixtures to explore what it means to work scientifically.
We have been learning about what makes a good investigation. We've found that in order for the test to be fair, we need to keep only one variable for each experiment we do. Our first investigation answered: Does the concentration of washing up liquid affect the bubbles?
We've also been looking at how to pose our own scientific curiosities and using predictions based on what we know so far to consider what might happen. Next, we will be discovering if the brand of washing up liquid affects how long the bubbles last.