When children start primary school it may well be the first time that they encounter science. It’s only natural that parents will be on the look out for resources that will help them support their learning at home.
This blog post includes our recommended resources for Primary School Science.
KS1 Bitesize – Science: This resource has the same characters children know and love from the KS1 Bitesize Literacy and Science sites. Children are invited to dive immediately into fun animated games, choosing the Medium, Hard or Really Hard level. Games include First Life Trail, in which children are challenged to identify living things; Animal Hospital, in which children are taught about health and growth by matching baby animals with their parents; and Kitchen Materials, in which children have to choose to heat or cool ingredients to make delicious snacks like raspberry jelly. The games are accompanied by a fun upbeat tune and all instructions are voiced by a lively instructor. Each game has a worksheet that parents or teachers can print out for further study.
KS2 Bitesize – Science: This resource for KS2 students looks at materials, energy, light and sound and observes humans, plants and animals. There are three ‘screens’ to choose from: Living things, Materials and Physical processes. Once children click onto their preferred category, they are presented with a lively video, reading material and finally, a quiz.
Science Clips: A wide range of games and activities are catered at specific ages (5 to 6, 6 to 7, 7 to 8, 8 to 9, 9 to 10, 10 to 11). Topics covered are extremely wide and include everything from growing plants to light and dark, sound and hearing and lots more. In addition to completing fun interactive activities, children are given quizzes to test knowledge gleaned. The lively, colourful nature of the games make them a pleasure to play for adults as well as children.
Digger and the Gang – Science: This site offers interactive adventures for children in there different age categories (5 to 7, 7 to 9, 9 to 11). One of the most entertaining activities sees Flick and the Gang trying to make their way through a roller coaster track with a difference, by using their scientific knowledge to solve all the problems they meet along the way.
Dynamo Science: This site offers four games: Where Do I Live (kids have to match animals with their respective habitats), Odd One Out (which teaches kids to recognise the difference between living and non-living things, and between plants and animals), Science Splat (which covers general science topics like life processes, materials, and physical processes) and DynaMake and Do (which teaches children how to make a telephone, make healthy ice lollies and more).
Class Clips – Science: Parents and teaches alike will find the wealth of video clips useful, for ‘filler’ moments in class or extra homework to reinforce key concepts. Most clips last under one minute, so they make for great conversation starters, or staring points for lively discussions and debates. Topics covered include changing materials, forces, green plants, humans (health, movement, nutrition, etc.), ideas and evidence, investigative skills, life processes and more. Bird watchers will love the videos on everything from the barn owl to the blackbird, woodpecker or wren. The videos are an excellent way for students to enjoy the vast beauty of Nature, and learn how exotic animals like orang-utans, Beluga whales or seahorses live in the wild.
We hope that you find these resources useful. If you have any that you would like to add, please share them with us via the comments.