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12 Primary Science Activities
Twelve KS2 Science Activities covering: Sound, Solar System, Light and Shadows, Magnets and Springs, Rocks and Soil, Solids and Liquids.
3D Virtual Moon Globe
Show your class the dark side of the moon with this spectacular 3D photographic moon globe. Click on the arrows to rotate it clockwise or anti-clockwise. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Animal Homes
This is a fun activity to help develop pupils' understanding of habitats. Simple feedback is provided to encourage the pupil to talk about their choices.
BBC Science Websites 4 - 11
Portal page on the BBC website that tries to provide some of the features of Bitesize, but for the younger age group.
BMAG Schools Website
This is the Schools website created by the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Schools Liaison Team, and includes learning support and interactive learning activities.
Body Parts
This is a simple interactive activity which helps pupils with English as a second language develop their reading and speaking skills.
Changing circuits
Linked to Unit 6G of the QCA scheme. This is a nice activity; you are set some problems ...such as making the light bulb dimmer, or making it brighter. You add more components to solve the problem and then by clicking the Diagram button you see your circuit in symbol mode.
Changing Matter
This is an animated model of a solid changing to a liquid and then into the gaseous state.
Changing sounds
Linked to Unit 5F of the QCA scheme. There is a guitar, bottle and drum in this activity. You can change the characteristics of the instrument and therfore change the sound. There is also a sound sorting exercise and a quiz.
Changing state
This is linked to Unit 5D of the QCA Scheme. A nice simple representation of melting ice and boiling water. You could ask questions about the way the cork stays on.
Characteristics of materials
Test some materials and then see what things are made of. Unit 3C QCA. This is a BBC Clip
Chemical Changes
This is linked to Unit 6C of the QCA scheme. Reversible and irreversible changes. There are two parts to this activity - Reversing (involving heating) and dissolving (adding water). There is also a quiz.
Circuit Pairs
Help your pupils remember the basic circuit symbols with this pairs game. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Circuits and Conductors
Linked to Unit 4F of the QCA schemes. You can have great fun building virtual circuits with this activity. IF the bulb blows you can just replace it with another virtual one. Will the plastic duck conduct electricity?
Colin's Coffee
A simulation for year 3 pupils of a Coffee machine. Following the clues pupils have to try to discover how Colin takes his coffee.
Colour Perception
Quite simply these are some of the most staggering optical effects I have ever seen. I guarantee you will not believe your eyes. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Coloured Text Mind Masher
Are you ready for your left brain to battle with your right brain. Sounds bizarre. Try this classy mind boggler if you're brave enough. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Dimple or Pimple
Pre-conceptions and assumptions are important...they even affect the way we see the world around us. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Earth , Sun and Moon
Linked to Unit 5E of the QCA scheme. Nice set of activities that can be controlled. Yo can set the time of the orbit in either hours or days. How long does it take for the Earth to do one orbit of the Sun? How long for the Moon to orbit the Earth? Lots of information in the Labels section.
Explore Newton's 1st Law
Notice how in deep space the vehicle's motion continues in the same state unless acted on by a force (i.e. the ships thrusters). Use your knowledge of physics to guide the spaceship through the asteroid mine field. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Eye Colour
Dominant & recessive alleles: a whiteboard resource for teachers. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Food Stories - closed version
Where does food come from? Have you ever wondered, when you sit down to eat a meal, how many different stages your food has gone through before arriving on your plate? Well, now you can find out how one popular foodstuff is made. Have a go and see if you can identify all the stages of manufacture correctly.
Food Stories - open ended version
Where does food come from? Have you ever wondered, when you sit down to eat a meal, how many different stages your food has gone through before arriving on your plate? Well, now you can find out how one popular foodstuff is made. Have a go and see if you can identify all the stages of manufacture correctly.
Forces in action
This is linked to Unit 6E of the QCA scheme. An interesting activity almost a virtual investigation. You have to choose the conditions for the investigation - the slope, the type of air brake, the weight. There is then a table to fill in which can then be checked.
Friction
Linked to Unit 4E of the QCA scheme. You can click and drag varioius surfaces onto the sleigh run and then see how far the sleigh will slide.
Gases all around us
Linked to Unit 5C of the QCA scheme. This is really similar to the solids and liquids Unit. The sorter activity will supplement the previous one. You do however heat up a brown liquid (bromine!) see it turn into a gas and then cool it.
Graph Generator
This powerful (yet simple to use) application allows you to create any 4 quadrant graph, grid or isometric paper. This may then be printed out for classwork or used as a background when using an interactive whiteboard. Brilliant. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Habitats
Links to Unit 4B of the QCA Schemes. Focuses on habitats and food chains. This is a BBC clip.
Helping Plants Grow Well
Click on the grow button to see if you can make the plant grow to its full and healthy height. A BBC Clip QCA Unit 3B
How we see things
Linked to Unit 6F of the QCA Scheme. In this activity you have a mirrors which you can use to change the position of the beam of light. You are asked if you could light up certain objects in the park. There is also a quiz.
Identification Keys
Introduce your class to ID keys with this lovely whiteboard activity. The resource also includes printed materials for pupils to devise their own keys. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Interactive Ear Diagram
Same as the diagram for the eye except for the fact that its an ear! This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Interactive Eye Diagram
You have full control over the image...colour it in and add or remove labels and arrows at the touch of a button. Individual labels and arrows can be toggled on or off simply by clicking on them (in this way the diagram can be simplified to suit any age group). This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Interdependance and adaption
This is linked to Unit 6A of the QCA scheme. A great introduction to keys and a challenging food chain. Find the animals and then go to the Sorter activities.
Keeping Healthy
This is linked to Unit 5a of the QCA scheme. Make Ruby sleep, sit, run, walk and see how her heartbeat changes. There is a lot of detail about the heart and other things when you click on the magnifying glass.
Keeping warm
You could actually take measurements and draw a line graph from this activity. Linked to Unit 4C of the QCA Scheme. You choose the material to insulate the beaker and then see the temperature drop. Pause at will. A BBC Clip.
Kids Castle
Smithsonian Magazine's Kids' Castle was constructed to be a safe, educational, free and fun place for kids ages 8-16 on the World Wide Web. Kids' Castle features articles written about the things that interest kids today: sports, history, the arts, travel, science and air and space, all with great photos. There are message boards filled with questions to get kids from all over the world talking to each other and thinking creatively. And, of course, Kids' Castle has lots of fun and challenging games and contests.
Light and shadows
Light and shadows. Unit 3F of the QCA Schemes. This is a BBC Clip
Magnets and springs
This is a BBC Clip linked to Unit 3E of the QCA Schemes.
Make Beliefs Comix
This is a free online tool for creating comic strips, which could be used by pupils to support a wide range of curriculum areas, especially literacy, EAL, community languages, communication skills-based learning and special education needs such as autism or emotional difficulties. Because the resource offers a choice of emotions which can be portrayed by the comic characters, a particularly relevant use could also for the development of emotional intelligence, behaviour and PSHE issues best represented by examples in contexts.
Measures
This is a maths booster activity to help pupils consolidate their understanding of different measures. The units of measurement used in the activity are: litres, millilitres, kilometres, metres, centimetres, grams and kilograms.
Measuring Scales
This is an interactive set of scales from the DfES. Click on the weights to see the scales register.
Micro organisms
Linked to Unit 6B of the QCA Scheme. A straightforward activity. Find the places in the picture where there might be micro organisms (surely they are everywhere) and then go to the Sorter activity to decide whether they are harmful or good.
Moonlander Game
Use your thrusters to overcome the effects of gravity and bring the moonlander safely down to earth. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
More Circuit Pairs
Logic gates and electronic components are covered in this revision activity. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Moving and growing
Moving and growing is linked to Unit 4A of the QCA schemes. This is a BBC clip
Moving and Growing
A KS2 Science Activity - Six health related activities on the subject of bones.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter for Kids
A fun interactive resource including 'Quarter Quiz', 'Gold Facts, 'Mixing Alloys', 'Jobs in the Jewellery Quarter' and more. Flash player required.
Nine Planets
How well do you know the solar system? This resource contains whiteboard activities to order and name the planets correctly as well as a planet database. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
nPower education games
2 games from nPower Climate Cops – The Earth is in danger and needs your help – have you got what it takes to become a Climate Cop? Complete the 3 missions to gain entry into the Climate Cop Academy and:- Complete the missions Help our friendly npower orbs find all the good ways and all the bad ways of using energy around the homes of the Silly’s and the Electra’s
Parts of a Flower
Completed and labelled diagram of flower parts for Plants - Life Processes resources
Planet Earth 3D Virtual Globe
This beautiful resource gives you a huge photographic globe of the earth. Click on the arrows to rotate it clockwise or anti-clockwise. A gorgeous whole class resource. Unless you're on broadband this resource may take a minute to download. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Plants - Life Processes
This is a fun set of activities which help both teachers and pupils gain an understanding of the life cycle of plants.
Pollen Park
Pollen Park has been specifically developed for children studying Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum, Unit 5b, Lifecycles. The website can provide your class with valuable learning support, offering both education and entertainment. Pollen Park endeavours to explain the complex process of plant reproduction in a straight forward manner; information is presented clearly and logically separated into obvious sections, enabling users to navigate freely, making their own relaxed decisions and discoveries. It is a superb site built by Christina Handford.
Primary Resources: All Areas
A massive resource which offers free lesson plans, activity ideas and resources for the primary teachers!
Pseudo Motion Images
These amazing patterns confound your brain into imagining a rotating motion that just isn't there...utterly amazing (if a little unnerving). This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Quality Curriculum Support Online
There are tons of free learning activities on this subscription-based website. It is also cross-referenced and offers a catalogue of websites covering all curriculum areas from Foundation to KS3. The website is also speech-enabled.
Rotating Gears
As you move your eyes around the image you'll see the pseudo motion of the gears rotating in the periphery of your vision. Very macabre. WARNING: don't look at this for too long...you'll start to feel sick. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Sarehole Mill for Kids
A fun interactive resource including 'How the Mill Works', 'The Garner', 'The Mill Pond and Rivers' and more. Flash player required.
Science Boot Camp for KS2 SATs
An excellent site where Y6 pupils are given strong support to cover all science revision in 28 days using one set of linked units of revision per day. All weblinks appear to be quite quality. Note: Other pages on websie offer advertising.
Science upd8
Science upd8 (update to those of us whose fingers haven’t yet learnt how to text) is a wonderful site full of news and resources for secondary (and G&T KS2) science teachers.
Soho House for Kids
A fun interactive resource about Soho House, it includes 'The Lunar Society', 'Steam Engine Builder', 'The Herb Garden' and more. Flash player required.
Solids and Liquids
This is linked to Unit 4D of the QCA Schemes. Melt and cool down chocolate, soap, butter, candle wax and an aluminium can. You can also press the test button and make the liquid wobble.
Space Cadet
Get to grips with Newton's laws by navigating a deep space rocket. An outstanding whole-class resource created specifically for the interactive whiteboard. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Spiral Pinwheel Illusion
Stare at the centre of the pinwheel for about 30 seconds then look at the back of your hand. You should see a scary flesh creep effect. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Teeth and Eating
The animals are missing their teeth. Click and drag the correct teeth to the right animal. A BBC Clip
Templates - An Interactive Whiteboard Resource
Open ended resources without content that can be used from Foundation to KS5. Titles: 10 linked pages, Blank Shopping, Cycle 4, Euro Shopping, Multiple Word Bank, One Word Bank, Presentation 6, Romans, Shopping Veg 2.
TES Teaching Resources
Over 89,000 free teaching resources uploaded, reviewed and rated by members of the teaching profession. Free access to downloadable teaching resources, lesson plans, classroom activities, revision guides, whiteboard resources and access to Teachers TV.
The Bone Blasting Machine
Introduce vertebrates and invertebrates with this gruesome (but fun) whole-class activity. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
The Breathing Shapes Illusion
When our view of reality is obscured it isn't always easy to see the wood for the trees. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
The Caterpillar's Adventure- Digital Storytelling Competition 2004
The caterpillar's adventure. This is another entry from the award winning Northfield Manor collection of digital stories.
The Electricity Book - Part 1
This activity looks at simple circuits. It can be used in a variety of ways but should always be accompanied by some practical activity using the battery, light bulb and wire.
The Life Cycle of a Frog - Digital Storytelling Competition 2004
This is one of the winners of the digital storytelling competition 2004
The Water Cycle
This drag and drop activity, generously donated by Athena, encourages pupils to explore the processes of the Water Cycle. To make it full screen press the F11 key on your keyboard, press the key again to revert to your normal view.
Thermometer
This fully scaleable thermometer from the DfES can be used to read maximum, minimum, difference and change.
Tidy the Classroom
This activity can be used to develop children's 'mouse skills' and enhance their hand/eye co-ordination.
Timer
A huge timer for you to start and stop as you please. The time is given in Hours, minutes, seconds and hundredths of a second. Handy for timed tests, exams and activities. This resource has been generously donated by eChalk Ltd.
Trees
A whiteboard activity to revise the names and functions of the parts of a plant and to say what each part does.
Welephant
This big book story brings home the message of firework safety.
What Rock am I?
To understand that rocks can be grouped according to observable characteristics.
What shape is the Moon?
This activity helps the children test their own ideas. Children's ideas are usually difficult to change so this activity sets out to change them by asking them to collect evidence to test their ideas.
Whiteboard Tools (NNS)
This is a set of links to some highly interactive learning resources produced by the DfES to support mathematics.
World of Teaching
Microsoft Power point presentations on science (and other subjects) that are free to download and use.
Young Animals
This activity can be used to explore life processes and living things. Match the animals to their young.
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