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An extension/ homework task or project to survey the types of seeds in your neighbourhood.

A comprehensive reference resource with information and definitions. Includes series of web-based tasks and resources based on plant science and anatomy.

A series of activities that give pupils an opportunity to explore different aspects of fruits and seeds and to understand how (and why) they are dispersed. The activities presented here are suitable for pupils in age range 5 to 11, but should be adapted to suit the age and ability of the pupils.

This booklet includes activities that children can do to find out more about plants, focusing on ways that children can grow their own plants. Several of the activities are set out as investigations, to support children developing their approach to investigations in a scientific way.

Present this PDF to your class to teach photosynthesis to pupils at around 10 years old

Strictly, neither of these words appears on the curriculum for children at this level. However, indirect reference is likely to be made to both processes, so we give these background notes in a way that could be used with children.

Germination and variables activity for 8 - 11 years.

An interactive presentation, suitable for Key Stage 2 (8-11 year olds) describing the different parts of a plant. The plant detective covers topics such as: Reproduction Photosynthesis Adaptation To use the plant detective you will need to have a Flash viewer installed

A series of activities that give pupils an opportunity to explore different aspects of fruits and seeds and to understand how (and why) they are dispersed. The activities presented here are suitable for pupils in age range 5 to 11, but should be adapted to suit the age and ability of the pupils.

This booklet includes activities that children can do to find out more about plants, focusing on ways that children can grow their own plants. Several of the activities are set out as investigations, to support children developing their approach to investigations in a scientific way.

Suggestions as to how to make a flower using a variety of materials . . . see the ideas listed and let the children be creative (and an opportunity to develop cross-curricular links)

An activity booklet for 5-12 year olds. Through the activities suggested in this pack children are introduced to the world of invertebrates (minibeasts).

This Primary Pack, for Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11), is a series of worksheets and teacher’s notes based around the desert locust

Introducing students to the world of invertebrates through a range of activities in a 20 page pdf booklet

A fact sheet about Carl Linnaeus made by the Linnean Society to explain his achievements including how to identify and classify different organisms.

A factsheet about Alfred Russel Wallace on his expeditions and developing a theory of evolution.

A site illustrating the economic and cultural importance of a wide range of plants and fungi. Useful for research, cross curricular work and projects.

An excellent PowerPoint tutorial for class or individual use illustrating how the parts of a flower fit together, for use when pupils have an actual flower head in front of them.

Set of handouts and activities on a number of Primary topics: Light; Moving & Growing; Variation; Magnets & Springs; Earth, Sun & Moon; States; Materials; Teeth; Healthy Eating; Food Chains; Minibeasts; Life Cycles; Habitats. Well animated student activities that would work very well in interactive white boards. Scroll down for the activity. Requires Flash.

This Primary Pack, for Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11), is a series of worksheets and teacher’s notes based around the desert locust

Links to 5 powerpoint presentations providing an introduction to bacteria and other microorganisms, their uses and their role in causing infectious diseases; a history of fighting disease; chemicals that kill bacteria; penicillin and medicines for the future.

An activity booklet for 5-12 year olds. Through the activities suggested in this pack children are introduced to the world of invertebrates (minibeasts).

This Primary Pack, for Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11), is a series of worksheets and teacher’s notes based around the desert locust

Living things, such as rabbits and micro-organisms, need food and water to grow and reproduce. In these games you can control the temperature and how much food and moisture is available.

Set of handouts and activities on a number of Primary topics: Light; Moving & Growing; Variation; Magnets & Springs; Earth, Sun & Moon; States; Materials; Teeth; Healthy Eating; Food Chains; Minibeasts; Life Cycles; Habitats. Well animated student activities that would work very well in interactive white boards. Scroll down for the activity. Requires Flash.

An activity booklet for 5-12 year olds. Through the activities suggested in this pack children are introduced to the world of invertebrates (minibeasts).

BBC Bitesize provides information, an activity (based on the popular Sarah Jane adventures) and a quiz on plant growth.

An activity to first select living things from a woodland habitat, then learn more about them and place them in a food web and a key.

Clear and easy to navigate site with information, images and videos of animals from a variety of habitats. Flash games and current animal news stories.

Revision information on skeletons, muscles and joints. Includes an interactive activity and a quiz.

A good, simple site on grouping living things. There is a game and also a short revision quiz.

Very catchy and entertaining song and animation from 'They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science'. Lyrics can found on the internet. Useful for discussion about how scientists find out about prehistoric life and use evidence/ clues, also about adaptations, e.g. how teeth types can help to identify an animal as a herbivore. Great fun that pupils always want to hear again.

Students can experience life as a tiger and find out about other exotic animals

Interactive lesson plan/resources covering the structure of a flowering plant and the functions of its parts. Could do as a class activity or as individuals.

An appealing game in which pupils ('agents') label the parts of the flower and receive information on the function of each part with the aim of stopping the dangerous Hogweed from spreading. Clicking the 'Read' button below= more information. There is also a quiz.

Clear information about good and bad microbes to read. Quiz available

An interactive activity showing some of the places micro-organisms can be found. Highlights that some are useful and others are harmful. Includes a quiz.

Site provided by University of Manchester with written information and animations.

Pupils playing in normal mode can learn about antibodies and can then try the expert level.

A simple activity spotting living organisms, reading more about them and using them to make 2 different food chains for woodland and pond.

Clear information about producers, consumers, predators and prey. Interactive game and films exploring land and sea food chains. Quiz available

Clear information about how living things are adapted to certain habitats and an interactive game to help choose the right environment for fictional creatures. Quiz available

A simple activity spotting living organisms, reading more about them and using them to make 2 different food chains for woodland and pond.

Very catchy and entertaining song and animation from 'They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science'. Lyrics can found on the internet. Useful for discussion about how scientists find out about prehistoric life and use evidence/ clues, also about adaptations, e.g. how teeth types can help to identify an animal as a herbivore. Great fun that pupils always want to hear again.

Different living things like to live in places that suit their needs, and that includes humans. Find out about the different habitats and the needs of the animals that live there.

Resources for a plant identification event that happened in 2013 but loads of worksheets and games that are still useful

An extension ‘cut and paste’ activity introducing plant and animal cells for 10-11 years, curriculum relevant at 12-13 years

A set of 4 worksheets, suitable for Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11), that explore the science and surprises behind plant DNA

Resources for a plant identification event that happened in 2013 but loads of worksheets and games that are still useful

Activities designed to encourage children to think about the characteristics of a range of animals, including humans

5 question interactive quiz for students to check their knowledge of conditions required for healthy plant growth. The quiz changes when it is done more than once for a few cycles, but includes some previous questions to reinforce learning.

Series of interactive activities and some games based around plant biology. Can be used on the whiteboard to find out about flowers, seed dispersal, conditions for germination and more. NOTE- some of the links to explain words within the text do not work but the teacher can discuss the words with the class and the resource is otherwise useful.

Site with links to flower based writing frames, fact sheets and online interactive games.

A fun activity to help 7-8 yr old children learn about growing plants. They need to add the right amount of water and heat to grow a plant. Includes a quiz.

Online or printable word search, definitions of the words to be found are given so good to practice science vocabulary

A quiz (simultaneously read aloud) relating to the suitability of particular habitats for different animals. Many of the questions are suitable for group or class discussion and debate.

An interactive quiz split into six sections. In each section children are asked questions and receive feedback on their answers. Correct answers are rewarded with part of a picture being revealed. If all six questions are answered correctly, a bonus question appears. Childern can tackle the quiz on their own, in groups or as whole class (to encourage discussion).

Links to quiz and worksheets related to living things. The activities look at: senses, movement, habitat, food, life and appearance of living things.

Interactive white board lesson includes labeling a life cycle diagram of a flowering plant, sorting plants by method of seed dispersal and labeling the reproductive organs of a flower.

Dissect a flower. Pupils 'take apart' a flower. Could be used in conjunction with a simple flower eg wallflower [or any member of the brassica family]

Based on the TV quiz 'Who wants to be a Millionaire?' What do you know about plants? Super PPT (designed for 7-8 year olds but can be used with any primary age group up to 11 and useful for revision)

A short interactive quiz for students to check their knowledge and understanding of plant and animal life cycles.

Series of interactive activities and some games based around plant biology. Can be used on the whiteboard to find out about flowers, seed dispersal, conditions for germination and more. NOTE- some of the links to explain words within the text do not work but the teacher can discuss the words with the class and the resource is otherwise useful.

Simple flash-based activity on food chains in a pond ecosystem. There are several drag-and-drop activities.

Clear information about the life cycle and parts of a flowering plant to read and a link to an interactive game to stop the Hogweed plant from spreading. Quiz available

Students take on the role of a new born dinosaur. They move around the virtual world, choosing which prey to eat, which predators to avoid and attempt to progress to a full grown adult. A very good demonstration to how difficult survival is! Lots of links to other evolution / survival games. Selection of yes to 'maternal care' question is crucial to students surviving early stages of the game.

Click on the Food Chains link to reach an interactive activity in which pupils can find out about food chains in 3 different habitats: woodland, seashore and river.

Simple flash-based activity on food chains in a pond ecosystem. There are several drag-and-drop activities.

Three clear graded Flash activities on food chains, producers and consumers, predators and prey.

A quiz (simultaneously read aloud) relating to the suitability of particular habitats for different animals. Many of the questions are suitable for group or class discussion and debate.

An interactive quiz split into six sections. In each section children are asked questions and receive feedback on their answers. Correct answers are rewarded with part of a picture being revealed. If all six questions are answered correctly, a bonus question appears. Childern can tackle the quiz on their own, in groups or as whole class (to encourage discussion).

Online or printable wordsearch with definitions of the words to be found.

Information and an activity based on compost.

A concept cartoon to explore ideas about plant growth. Has links to ideas and follow up activity. Click on the characters to see what they think.

Human and animal habitats are explored by considering different environments and the animals who live there. Activities include an interactive quiz and worksheets to test pupils' understanding of where different animals live and why they live there. They also provide an opportunity for further discussion.

Set of links on different vertebrates. Each links to page with photos and short / medium amount of text. Also further links to websites with more info.

Handy fact sheet about Charles Darwin

Super section of the NHM website with information to satisfy all curiosity about dinosaurs

Research activity - could ask students to find 10 facts that interest them and give a presentation to the class

Information and an activity based on compost.

Teachers' domain lesson plan with handouts and links to useful 3 minute 'decomposers' video and flash 'energy flow' animation. Voice overs are American with band music background. Limited use website with only 10 uses.

A thought experiment from 'Active Assessment: thinking, learning and assessment in science ' on the millgate House Education website, useful for discussion and formative assessment.

Teachers' domain lesson plan with handouts and links to useful 3 minute 'decomposers' video and flash 'energy flow' animation. Voice overs are American with band music background. Limited use website with only 10 uses.

A series of pages with details of a wide range of different ecosystems. Ideal for research and comparison tasks.

3 useful clips of different seeds (corn, sunflower, arabidopsis) germinating from under the soil in darkness to above ground views of seedlings. The corn clip shows what happens if seeds are planted upside down. The accompanying text is fine for the teacher but would need some simplification for the pupils.

Great 4.5 min clip from BBC’s Blooming History to share with the class when learning about photosynthesis- years 5-9 good for showing how scientific understanding (in this case photosynthesis) developed through several people discovering different things

great 4 minute clip showing van Helmont’s experiment with willow trees to discover why they got heavier. Complements the concept cartoon on why plants get bigger very well. Good for considering how experimentation and evidence is needed --- but conclusions are not always 100%! Good for science history too and discussing factors that can influence scientific progress He considered the question

Good web page on decomposers. There is a 3 minute QuickTime video that explains their role in recycling nutrients. Also some lesson plans and links to other resources.

Illustrated diagrams / photos of animal life cycles with descriptions

A series of pages with some Quicktime vide of germination and details of plant biology.

A set of teacher and student guides for a series of experiments on the life cycle of the Brine Shrimp.

A series of pages with information on the life cycles of cockroaches, chickens, butterflies, frogs, housefly and mosquitoes.

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