SCIENCE OVERVIEW STATEMENT FOR GRADE 4:
The principle focus of science teaching in Grade 4 is to enable students to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. Students do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. Students are guided through the process of asking their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. Students in Grade 4 also have an opportunity to draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out. Most of the learning about science in Grade 4 is done through the use of first-hand practical experiences; however, there is a strong use of secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos to help support the learning and understanding of science. Students are taught to ‘work scientifically’ in all aspects of the subject.