General Science Topics 1

   

Universal indicator


This resource helps pupils to discover the acidity of basic household products by using a universal indicator and colour chart to estimate the pH of different solutions.

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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 to identify dinosaurs.

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Science Clips

Definitely not one to be missed! Fabulous interactive Flash science activities for 5 to 11 year olds matched to curriculum requirements throughout the UK.

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Dangers in the Home

An interactive Flash fire safety site which explores dangers in the kitchen, living room, bedroom and garden. It would fit in with an electricity topic.

   

 

 

 

 

Ourselves 2

   
The Body

The Human Body

A simple demonstrator of digestion, muscles, the heart, the eye, mouth, teeth, and lungs.

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Healthy Eating

This resource pack includes a series of interactive whiteboard screens providing pupils with basic nutritional information related to healthy eating.

They encourage pupils to apply their knowledge to sort and classify foods into healthy and non-healthy groups and to use a variety of data handling techniques. A series of worksheets support and extend the lesson.

   

Make a Balanced Plate

Sort the foods on the plate to see which food groups they belong to.

   

Unmuddle the Meals

A drag and drop activity where meals are divided into their ingredients. It does not use the names of the food groups such as carbohyrates and proteins.

   

A Healthy Lunchbox

Select items for a healthy lunchbox by dragging and dropping the various foods.

   

Keep Ben Healthy

Activity - Quiz

   

Parts of the Body

An excellent lesson on naming the parts of the human body.

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Label a Skeleton

Put Annie back together and find out about the bones that make up the human skeleton.

   

Exploring Lungs Movie!

Molly and Spidey find out how our lungs work, how to look after them and how to make them work hard. They also perform an experiment to investigate our lungs further! Don't miss out!

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Life Cycles, Skeletons and Labels

Here you can label a plant, build a skeleton and x-ray a boy.

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Keeping Healthy

Click the activity that you think will make the heart beat fastest.

Activity - Quiz

   

Heart Rate Movie!

Molly and Spidey wrap up the year with a heart-racing activity! Get ready to get active as they show you how to measure your heart rate, or pulse as it is more commonly known. Find out if exercise can help you complete puzzles more quickly!

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Moving and Growing

Can you label the human skeleton?

Activity - Quiz

   

Teeth and Eating

A fantastic, interactive website all about teeth, their uses and structure, how you should look after them, the different types of teeth. You can build a mouth in a drag and drop activity. Great in full-screen mode.

   

Teeth and Eating

The animals are missing their teeth. Drag each set of teeth to the right mouth.

Activity - Quiz

   

Exploring Starch Activity Movie!

Find out how starch is all around us every day, everywhere we go and learn how you can find out if something has starch in it!

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Exploring Your Heart

A cartoon red blood cell character tells of his journey through the heart and round the circulatory system. It is a visual way to see how the heart works and how oxygen is transported through the body.

 

 

 

 

Sound

   
   

Changing Sounds

Make a loud, high pitch sound with a guitar.

Activity - Quiz

 

 

Sound Investigations

The evil Sea Serpent has stolen Mel Scale the mermaid's voice.

Investigate the science of sound to solve the fishy goings-on...

Immerse yourself in Ocean Odyssey!

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Sources of sound
Loudness
Pitch
   

 

 

 

 


 

 

Materials and their Properties

   

Solids and Liquids

Use the 'Change It!' link to the melting and freezing simulation.

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Changing State

Can you turn Ice into Water?

Activity - Quiz

   

Characteristics of Materials

Which materials are waterproof?

Activity - Quiz

   

Gasses, Liquids and Solids

Which materials are gasses, which are liquids and which are solids?

Activity - Quiz

   

Keeping Warm

Choose the best material for insulating a beaker and keeping the contents warm.

Activity - Quiz

   

Reversible and Irreversible changes

Find a substance that dissolves in water.

Activity - Quiz

   

Rocks and Soils

Which rocks float?

Activity - Quiz

   

Solids and Liquids

Which item has the lowest melting point?

Activity - Quiz

   

Magnets and Springs

Try to pick up the spring...

Activity - Quiz

   

Magnazone

A simple sorting activity where children decide if materials are magnetic.

   

Changing Shapes of Materials

A useful teaching site to demonstrate how materials change shape when they are squashed, pulled, pushed, turned, stretched and twisted. Children can predict the effects of forces.

Through the following activities, pupils will learn:

  • that when some materials are squashed, pulled, pushed, turned, twisted or stretched the shape of the object will change
  • that forces affect different materials in different ways
  • to predict what is likely to happen when different materials are pushed, pulled, stretched or bent
  • to carry out an investigation based on their predictions and interpret the results

These activities can be used to address 2.3 and 2.4 of physical processes and 1.2 and 2.1 of the scientific enquiry programme of studies in the national curriculum for Wales.

Starter activity
Learn about the forces that change the shape of objects and identify which forces are at work in a given instance.

Main session part 1
Predict how an object will react to a given force.

Main session part 2
Compare the effects of light and strong forces.

Main session part 3
Complete the table of how objects' shapes will be effected by different forces.

Plenary
Summary of forces and their effects.

   

Exploring Crystals Movie!

We didn't have a white Christmas this year but no matter! Molly and Spidey keep the festive spirit alive by showing you how to grow your own crystals!

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Absorbency Movie!

Join Molly and Spidey as they explore absorbency and discover how you can find out what's best to use for soaking up those spills!

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Amazing Triangles Movie!

Molly is back from her holidays! This year, she went to Paris on her summer holidays and was inspired by the magnificent Eiffel Tower. How does such a tall structure remain so stable? Maybe, it's something to do with all those triangles ...

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Bouncy Custard Balls Movie!

Molly and Spidey combine some simple ingredients to make the bounciest home-made balls you have ever seen! Looking for something interesting to do with custard? Here's the place to start.

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Keeping the Damp Out Movie!

Molly and Spidey investigate damp, by exploring what causes it and how to prevent against it! You'll be amazed to find out what materials are best to protect against damp!

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Keeping Warm Movie!

During these freezing cold days of the winter, it's useful to know what type of materials help to keep us warm. Join Molly and Spidey as they explore insulation and conduction.

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Hotter or Colder

Guess the temperatures that would make these items change state.

 

   

Floating and Sinking

Test how long it takes a ball to sink in cylinders of different liquids in this simulation. There are useful teacher notes.

This activity recreates an experiment that can be difficult to carry out in the classroom because of the expense and mess.

Pupils test the sinking time of a ball in measuring cylinders of familiar but different liquids. They then graph their results and use them to predict in a new but related situation.

In the national curriculum, pupils are expected to be able to compare materials to assess their similarities and differences, and to categorise them by their properties.  

Interactive whiteboard activity

   

Solids, Liquids & Gases

Superb cartoon animations and printable resources.

 

Topic Resources file(s)
Solids Properties of materials *
Testing the properties of materials
Liquids Liquids
Changing solids into liquids and back again Heating and cooling materials
Making chocolate crispies *
Dissolving and not dissolving Dissolving
Making still lemonade *
Separating solids and liquids *
Gases Gases *
Solid to liquid to gas Liquids and gases *
Changing states of water Evaporation
Condensation
The water cycle
More about dissolving More about dissolving *
Reversible and non-reversible changes Irreversible Changes
   

 

 

 

 

 

Plants and Animals

   

Plants need light and water to grow

Children can label the parts of a plant and carry out a virtual experiment to see that plants need water and light to grow.

   

Factors affecting Plants

A useful site to revise the structure of a plant. It also looks at how plants need water, light and heat.

This resource pack enables teachers to highlight and explain the main reasons why plants grow. This pack could be used as a single lesson or as a means of revision.

The activities will address the following learning objectives:

  • revise the structure of a plant
  • know that plants require light, water and heat

Starter activity

Main session part 1

Main session part 2

Main session part 3

Plenary

   

Plant Life Cycles

This site has an animation of the life cycle of a plant. You can then do a comprehension exercise on this and a quiz

This pack is designed to be used as a resource to aid with the teaching of the life cycle of plants. The pupils will watch an animation of a cycle of a plant, complete a comprehension exercise on the animation and then do a quiz to consolidate their learning.

Objectives

Main session

Plenary

   

Plant Reproduction

A great site for learning how plants reproduce. Learn the parts of a flower and the role in pollination and how seeds are dispersed. There is an option to download the lesson pack.

This lesson investigates plant reproduction through a series of whiteboard activities. Pupils first learn about the parts of a flower including the male and female parts and their role in pollination. Pupils also find out how pollination takes place and how seeds are then dispersed away from the parent plant. The final activity reinforces an understanding of the plant life cycle from germination and pollination to seed dispersal.

Interactive whiteboard activity

Interactive whiteboard activity 2

   

Chain Reaction

A Flash site from Ecokids about food chains. It provides opportunities for discussion and is clearly presented and illustrated.

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Food Chains

Activity

Quiz

   

Life Cycles, Skeletons and Labels

Here you can label a plant, build a skeleton and x-ray a boy.

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Create your own minibeast

by dragging together a selection of insect body parts.

Why did you choose those wings?
What sound does your minibeast make?
Where does your minibeast live?

Play Game

   

Helping Plants Grow Well

Activity - Quiz

 

   

Life Cycles

Label the parts of a flower

Activity - Quiz

   

Microorganisms

Spot and click on the places where micro-organisms are at work

Activity - Quiz

   

Plants and animals in the local environment.

Click on eight different living things in the picture

Avtivity - Quiz

   

Variation

Look at the plants and animals as they go past. Can you drag them into the right groups?

Activity - Quiz

   

Minibeasts

This unit looks at minibeasts and may be useful either prior to embarking on work of a practical nature or after a practical session collecting and observing bugs. This activity should not replace the practical task of collecting bugs. The thrill pupils have in first hand observations of live creatures cannot be replicated on a whiteboard screen.

Using the resources in this pack, pupils will learn about:

  • different kinds of animals in the local environment
  • that animals can be grouped according to observable similarities and differences

Activities

  1. The first activity gives pupils the opportunity to create an insect and learn that an insect must have six legs.
  2. This activity illustrates where bugs might be found and that some are consumers while others are carnivores.
  3. The life cycle of a butterfly.
  4. Plenary session. Is it an insect? Categorise the minibeast on observable features.

Starter activity

Main session part 1

Main session part 2

Plenary

   

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

A simple drag and drop activity involving the completion of a diagram of the life cycle of a butterfly.

   

Life Cycle of a Frog

A drag and drop activity involving the completion of a diagram of the life cycle of a frog.

   

The Life Cycle of a Frog

A narrated animation of the life cycle of a frog. There is a short description of each stage which can be read with the sound off option.

   

Plant or Animal?

A drag and drop activity where you need to sort different foods as to whether they come from a plant or an animal. It could work well on an interactive whiteboard.

   

Grouping Animals and Plants

Sorting games where you have to sort plants from animals, see whether the creatures have legs or no legs or sort how they move.

   

Parts of a Flower

A narrated animation of the parts of a flower. Click on the various parts of the flower to see what they do.

   

Life Cycle

This lesson will show pupils the stages of growth in the life cycle of both plants and animals (including humans). The first activity page will allow pupils to investigate the parts of a common flowering plant by dragging labels into place. This will lead on to an activity where pictures of stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant are identified by dragging labels into place on the cycle. On the following page, the diagram is given and the activity is to drag labels for parts of the life cycle/growth process onto the relevant sections of the diagram. Further pages will link the pupils' knowledge to life cycles of a frog and a human being.

Interactive whiteboard activity 1

Interactive whiteboard activity 2

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment

   

Seasons

A series of interactive screens and activities dealing with the months of the year and the seasons.

 

 

Cleaning Dirty Water Movie!

Molly and Spidey discover how to clean dirty water and show you how the water that flows through your taps is so clean! You'll understand what people mean by water being the "Source of Life" after you check out this activity!

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The Water Cycle

A page where the water cycle is explained simply. It has an excellent animated, notated diagram.

Have you ever wondered where our water comes from and where it goes to?Water is recycled in nature every day, with the oceans and seas acting as giant recycling plants as water evaporates, falls as rain and finally runs back to the seas.
   

 

 

 

 

 

Electricity

   
Electricity

Identify what use electricity

By looking at pictures idenitify which items use electricity.

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Using Electricity

Activities to introduce children to the idea that everyday objects need electricity to work. Children need to decide which objects need batteries and which run from the mains.

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The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits

A great interactive learning tool designed to support the teaching of electric circuits and conductors.

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Changing Circuits

Make the lightbuld grow more brightly.

Activity - Quiz

   

Circuits and Conductors

Light the bulb by dragging an item into a gap in a circuit.

Activity - Quiz

   

Circuit Builder

Help build and test a simple electrical circuit.

   

Electricity Invenstigation

Dr. Volt is about to pull the plug on Silicon City and plunge it into darkness.

Investigate the science of electricity in a secret mission to save the city...

Go undercover with Silicon Spies!

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Electricity In Our Lives
Simple Circuits
Building Circuits
Circuit Experiments
   

 

 

 

 

 

Light

   

Sources of Light

Children sort the items into those that give us light and those that don't and then find the light sources in various pictures. Highly recommended!

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Light and Dark

Which items do not give out light?

Activity - Quiz

   

Light and Shadows

Can you find ways of making the shadow bigger?

Activity - Quiz

   

How We See Things

Can you direct the light using mirrors?

Activity - Quiz

   

Make a Periscope Activity Movie!

Discover the many cool things that you can use a Periscope for. Build your own and you'll be peering around corners without being seen in no time!

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Light Investigations

Which evil alien tried to blow up the world?

Investigate the science of light to save the Earth from destruction... EXCELLENT RESOURCE!!!

Launch yourself into Alien Attack!

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Light sources and light rays
Reflection: seeing objects
Shadows
Reflection: mirrors
   

Shadows

A useful site to demonstrate the concept of shadows with good animations. It looks at how the position of the Sun affects the length of shadows in Summer and Winter.


This interactive presentation includes:

  • an introduction to the concept of shadows
  • an animation showing how a shadow alters in size and shape as it moves closer to and away from a source of light
  • an animation showing how the position of the sun in winter and summer alters the shape and length of shadows
  • an interactive and printable worksheet

By carrying out these interactive activities pupils will understand how shadows are formed, what happens to the shape and size of shadows as we move an object, how shadows change at different times of the day and how shadows appear different in summer and winter.

Interactive whiteboard activity

 

   

Light and Shadows

A series of animations showing how light and shadows behave. A useful teaching aid with teachers' notes.

Activity 1
How light travels.  Light travels in a straight line.  But it is also a wave. 
What does this look like?
Start Activity

Activity 2
The interaction of light with different materials.  Learn about the concepts of opaqueness, reflection, reflection, refraction and refraction into a spectrum. 
What happens when a light strikes different objects?
Start Activity

Activity 3
Casting Shadows.  Explore how the angle of a light source determines the shadow that an object emits.
Start Activity

   

 

 

 

 

 

Forces

   

Pushes and Pulls

Activities where children should find out the difference between pulling and pushing and have the opportunity to predict what will happen when a toy car is pushed.

  • Starter activity
    Identify who is pushing and who is pulling, and what items can be pushed or pulled.
  • Main session
    Explore the effect of the strength of a push on how far an object will travel, and what objects around the home that either pushed or pulled.
  • Plenary
    Write down what you know about pulling and pushing.
   

Identifying Forces

Children are asked to identify the forces needed to move an object either by pulling, pushing or twisting. Teacher clarification of some pictures may be required.

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Forces in Action

Make the truck travel to the end of the track by changing the gradient.

Activity - Quiz

   

Friction

Make the car slide...

Activity - Quiz

   

Identifying Forces

Children are asked to identify the forces needed to move an object either by pulling, pushing or twisting. Teacher clarification of some pictures may be required.

This activity asks the pupils to identify the forces used to move an object. Several examples are given where the force (push, pull or twist) needs to be identified, eg to push a door open. The pupils are then asked to sort a collection of toys into those which are used by pulling or pushing.

As a result of this activity the pupils should be able to describe the movement of familiar things, and to know that pushes and pulls are examples of forces.

The activity allows for the development of vocabulary, giving the opportunity to introduce the term "force".

   

Starting and stopping

Our first activity of the new school year looks at the fascinating world of Starting & Stopping! Join Molly and Spidey as they provide the low-down ...

Activity Sheet

   

Wag the Dog Activity Movie! *

Explore all the places where you'll find levers and join Molly, Spidey and their newest friend, Wag as they make their own lever from simple materials you'll find at home ...

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Forces and Motion Investigation

Rival park owner, Bertie Block, is plotting to break one of ParkWorld's rides.

Investigate the science of forces to save ParkWorld from ruin...

Brave the rides with ParkWorld Plot!

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All about forces
Gravity, stretching & compression
Friction
Magnetic forces
Balanced & unbalanced forces
   

 

 

 

 

 

Earth and Space

   
Solar System

The Solar System

Simple demonstration of the Solar System, and Night and Day on the Earth.

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Earth, Sun and Moon

Make the earth orbit exactly once around the sun.

Activity - Quiz

   

Make a Rocket Movie!

Find out how simple it is to make your very own rocket! Join Molly and Spidey as they blast into space ...

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Moon, Craters and Meteorites Movie

Learn all about Meteorites and how they have impacted on the earth and the moon over the past millenia.

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Planets, Moons and their Dark Sides

Three interactive activities where you can look at the positions of planets. It has animations for the phases of the moon and the Earth spinning on its axis demonstrating day and night.

This pack of science activities can be used for either teaching or revision.

The activities will enable the teacher to:

  • position the nine planets interactively
  • demonstrate the phases of the moon
  • show that the moon orbits the Earth roughly every 28 days
  • illustrate to pupils that the Earth spins on its own axis
  • show that day and night are related to the Earth's rotation
Within each of the activities further information can be accessed in order to develop pupils' knowledge, support the lesson or for research.


This pack contains:
  • three interactive whiteboard activities
  • reference material and animations
  • a moon worksheet

Starter activity

Main session part 1

Main session part 2

Main session part 3

Main session part 4

Plenary

   

Earth and Beyond

Redshift Enterprises take you on a troublesome test drive of their Galactic Express shuttle.

Investigate the Solar System as you save yourself from disaster...

Take a giant leap into Astro Adventure!

(teach1)

The Solar System
The Earth
The Sun
The Moon