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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.

4 nicely presented and accessible powerpoints on the periodic table; elements that changed the course of history; elements of the world and body chemistry. Great introduction, useful for background knowledge or for directing especially interested pupils to. Useful for showing how important elements and materials are to us.

A 'Double- Crossed 'cross-curricular activity based on a mystery set in WW2. Pupils use and develop their investigative skills in analysing and evaluating data and evidence and their creativity and problem solving when interpreting evidence, asking questions such as Why? How? and What if? Team work and self evaluation assessment for learning included.

Some useful info to clarify the important concepts associated with solids, liquids and gases, and changes of state.

Animations exploring different topics related to solids, liquids and gases. Includes and introduction and summaries of solids, liquids, gases, changing solids to liquids to gases, dissolving, changing states of water, reversible and non-reversible changes and a glossary. Can be used with KS1 with teacher guidance.

Cross-curricular 'Invigorate' activity, linking well to Geography, History (exploration) and PSHCE. Throught the context of exploration, find out more about Cook and Franklin at the South and North Poles, investigate ice and currents and use red cabbage indicator to test liquids.

Cross curricular 'Invigorate' Activity all about scientific inquiry Discover more about scientists past and present, make a pulse detector, find out about air, take a quiz onclimbing Mt Everest,see what happens to marshmallows in a vacuum.

The properties of solids, liquids and gases - cartoon animations Downloadable worksheets and further information for teachers Quiz

Link to Primary Resources page of links. 'Sugar in Tea' is a concept cartoon style stimulus for discussion or investigation planning; 'Separating Mixtures' ppt gives a mixture with 4 possible answers for discussion plus there are worksheets and whiteboard resources.

A charity that tries to use practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people. There are case studies of children in the developing world and how they collect their water. Useful for cross curricular links.Quite complex for this level

Some useful info to clarify the important concepts associated with solids, liquids and gases, and changes of state.

Animations exploring different topics related to solids, liquids and gases. Includes and introduction and summaries of solids, liquids, gases, changing solids to liquids to gases, dissolving, changing states of water, reversible and non-reversible changes and a glossary. Can be used with KS1 with teacher guidance.

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.

'Invigorate' cross curricular activity. Learn more about the water cycle, electrical conductors and insulators and make a glass harp, whilst learning more about Benjamin Franklin. Includes teacher notes, mix and match activities and a quiz.

A useful powerpoint presentation on temperature and keeping warm, includes experiments to do. It does refer to World Cup 2006, so you may want to skip these pages!

Take your class to the North Pole to experiment with insulation and clothing

A simple interactive activity, aimed at 7-8 year olds, to introduce the properties and uses of some common materials.

Activity from BBC to test different materials for various properties then take a quiz

A fun activity to help children learn about rocks and soils. Test the properties of different rocks and take a quiz.

Revision information on materials and their properties. Includes an interactive activity and a quiz.

Revision information on rocks and soils. Includes and interactive activity and a quiz.

Song (by They Might Be Giants) accompanied by cartoons, to introduce the elements, what some of them are used for, that they combine. Very popular and catchy, pupils will want to sing along! If the words or a periodic table are printed it can be useful to highlight lines of information in the song or colour in elements they hear.

A timed game with 3 levels in which children have to collect as many materials with the specified property as possible.

An interactive simulation that allows students to explore evaporation, diffusion and condensation. There is also a quiz for them to do.

Revision information on changing states. Includes an interactive activity and a quiz.

Revision information on solids, liquids and gases. Includes an interactive activity and a quiz.

An introduction and quiz to follow up. Covers the basics of filtration and reversible/non reversible reactions.

Clear drag and drop activity designed for interactive whiteboards. Click Menu to access a water cycle flash game. Clear and students can check answers. Spelling error: reversable

A clear and easy to follow simple exercise in changing ice to water to steam, including changes in shape and volume. Follows with a revision test. Requires Flash.

A simple interactive simulation in which students can explore the fact that different solids melt at different temperatures. There is also a quiz.

Revision information on changing states. Includes an interactive activity and a quiz.

An introduction and quiz to follow up. Covers the basics of filtration and reversible/non reversible reactions.

A flash-based activity in which pupils can try to dissolve various substances in water. There is a linked quiz.

Brief introduction (with diagrams) to dissolving, introducing the key words soluble, insoluble and solution.

A fun activity to help children at 1st Level in Scotland learn about dissolving.

Drag and drop to see what dissolves

An interactive experiment to investigate the effect of different materials on the cooling of water.

Thermal Insulators and Conductors quiz

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