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Science Education helps children to make sense of the world around them
through investigations and interactions in which they are personally involved.
Science activities help children develop their learning by encouraging
their natural curiosity." (Science in the National Curriculum
an activity-based subject, our pupils learn Science by experience and
investigation, forming and testing hypotheses, observation, prediction
and recording findings. Our programme is divided into a series of themes,
which encompass the following strands;
and living processes
Materials and their properties
Experimental and investigative science
A residential field study is organised for Year 5 pupils at Ilam Hall,
Nr Ashbourne. This enhances their understanding of river and plant life.
Year 2 pupils visit the Parrs Wood centre to support their studies in
Life and living things.
Use is made of the environment with visits connected to the School. Teachers
and children use the School environment and local neighbourhood in much
the same way. The School was awarded a major grant from Toyota and the
Training Enterprise council in recognition of its work in Science and
Technology and has recently received a major grant from Astra Zeneca to
help develop learning materials for all Poynton schools.
Please note that the school is not responsible for the content of external websites. If you find some thing wrong or have other suggestions please email the school to let us know.
Wander lonely as a cloud through this attractive and informative website.
Air Travelers is an introduction to the basic principles of buoyancy,
properties of gases, temperature and the technology involved in hot-air
ballooning. The site is aimed mainly at Key Stage 2 pupils, but younger
children will be able to access some of the material.
Discover fun facts and view beautiful images of the more mysterious creatures
found in the ocean. Learn about the blue sea star, batfish or skunk/striped
cleaner shrimp, plus many corals and anemones. Follow the links for further
details on coral reefs, bony fish, dolphins, whales and other marine mammals.
Pupils at all Key Stages will enjoy this virtual aquarium.
Ask Dr Universe
Got a question and dying to know the answer? Then use the combined resources
of Washington State University. Submit an inquiry and an expert in the
guise of a cat will reply. A treasure chest of previously answered questions,
on mainly science topics, is available as well as other nuggets of information.
The site is aimed at school students but the responses can be complex,
making the site of interest to parents and further education students
- Health, Body Systems
The Body is a common Key Stage 2 topic and using this site will enhance
your term's work on this subject. The pages have clear lessons on the
senses, body systems, health and hygiene, teeth and tooth decay, and even
a literacy link. Highlighted within several of the lesson plans are assessment
Meet Benny Goodsport and his friends! These cartoon characters promote
healthy living for kids through stories and games. Learn about food pyramids,
create and submit your own menus, and discover what Benny says about your
diet. Useful for food or health and fitness topics with both Key Stage
1 and 2 and contains a number of literacy activities.
A simple, informative game matching animals and plants to their environment,
this fun website would be useful for science and geography topics across
the primary age range. The species are provided by colourful images and
four habitats are described: temperate forest, temperate freshwater, tropical
forest and tropical marine.
Heart Foundation - Artie Beat
Visit Artie Beat's information page for a wealth of information on the
heart. Children can discover how exercise can help our everyday life and
how smoking damages our heart. Get the children in your class to check
the different healthy food groups and compare these against their daily
food intake. Maybe start a keep-fit club or session using the recommendations
of Artie Beat.
How can bubbles be so much fun? How can a microscopically thin soap film
produce beautiful colours? Take a look at this site and find out whilst
experimenting with recipes for your own giant bubbles. As well as the
fun side of science, there are explanations of surface tension, hydrogen
bonding and interference patterns for more serious students.
Environmental Education Centre
This site is dedicated to education in, about and for the environment
and includes a whole host of information for teachers and pupils alike.
There are virtual tours of ponds and the countryside, each with educational
activities sheets for pupils and teachers notes alongside. A picture gallery
and a fieldwork section make this an excellent site for Key Stage 1 and
2 level science.
This is a commercial site for children, but it is useful for work associated
with healthy teeth in Key Stage 1 and 2 science or PSHE. There are a number
of interactive activities, including a lovely 'Jungle Game' which requires
Macromedia Shockwave, and a 'Tell the Tooth' game where children have
to select healthy snacks.
Come To Your
Explore the five senses with the help of Mr Potato Head! This site is
ideally suited to older Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils. It is packed with information,
activities and pictures and will provide a useful resource as part of
a human body science topic. Links to other sites for each sense make this
a useful starting point for further investigation or research for older
Get here ASAP and download the free electricity activity software. This
is a program that will take Key Stage 2 science pupils on a journey through
circuits, flashlights, batteries, motors and much more. 'Create a circuit'
is a science activity that is worth your time downloading on its own.
The best few minutes' download time you will spend this term!
These crosswords are not interactive and need to be printed before use
but are very useful nonetheless. The methods of printing depend upon your
Web browser - you can either print direct from the frame or, if your browser
does not permit this, you can open a new window and print from there.
A very useful, differentiated cross-curricular resource covering a broad
range of topics at Key Stage 2.
View insects, plants and human body parts in microscopic detail through
these colourful and fascinating electron microscope photographs. Examine
further the structure of an ant, fruitfly or a mosquito using the 'zoom
in' feature. An exciting science resource for Key Stage 1 and 2 topics
relating to minibeasts, and biology projects.
US TV channel, Discovery, has an enormous website covering just about
everything you may ever want to know about the physical and human worlds.
From woolly mammoths to the sacred temples of Bali to puppy cams, there
is a bewildering range of topics for the student, teacher and general
surfer to browse through. The kids' section on its own contains dozens
of educational adventures. Whatever you want to know, discover it here.
This small website is a useful resource for teachers of upper Key Stage
2 and Key Stage 3 looking at what electricity is and important safety
rules. There is a brief, very readable explanation and a glossary. These
are followed by activities with real-life applications which could be
undertaken by children, including making a conductivity tester and checking
your electricity bill. This is a great resource for practical science
and Electronics for Beginners
Starting with an appeal to parents, 'Encourage your children to grow up
literate in technological matters in a world that is dominated by technology',
this is a collection of ten factsheets about electronics. The first is
a straightforward introduction to electricity, then the others go on to
explore current, resistance, LEDs, circuits, symbols, earthing, conductivity
and switches. Handy for Key Stage 2 and 3 science classes new to the physics
Find out about almost any animal on Earth at the Electronic Zoo. The site
is packed with links to information and pictures. The home page is easy
to use, but filtering will be necessary from here as there is, quite simply,
so much to choose from.
Claiming to be the first 'Shocked' science lab on the Web, this brilliant
site will entertain and educate all. Use your Shockwave plug-in to experiment
with over thirty animations covering mechanics, waves, optics, life sciences
and more. Start with a simple one like a 2D collision or, for a challenge,
try Fermat's principle.
Want a different but quick experiment to add to a human body topic? Every
child who stares at this dot for a predetermined length of time will have
something to say about it. A useful insight into how the eyes and senses
can play tricks and a good introduction to optical illusions for young
Use this site as part of a healthy eating and diet unit of work in the
Key Stage 2 science curriculum. The food pyramid is represented graphically
for children to investigate by clicking on each different food type in
order to find out more information. Can your pupils work out how healthy
their diets are using the guidelines included here?
This beautifully-presented site will enable Key Stage 2 children to explore
the forces involved in the process of flight. Simple diagrams allow pupils
to gain a full understandng of the interaction between lift, thrust, drag
and weight. As this site uses the same annotation (arrows) as the National
Curriculum, it can also be used as a Year 6 revision exercise.
Visit Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Farm, a yard filled with spinning ducks,
aeroplanes and discarded metal pieces of all sizes and shapes - a unique
science and art connection to wind topics which will fascinate and inspire
Waterman will be your guide through East of Scotland Water's stunning
interactive education section. The site has been designed to fulfill many
parts of the Scottish 5-14 Environmental Studies curriculum and will also
be of use with children at Key Stages 1 and 2. The colourful, Shockwave-driven
'Workshop' about all aspects of water and its uses will enthrall even
reluctant learners, as will the water-themed games. There are also factsheets
and posters to colour for use away from the computer. A superb resource
for science and geography topics.
Devoted to promoting milk in all its forms, this mooing American site
is very well orientated to young people. It includes some good PSHE elements
about healthy eating and exercise, facts, trivia and games. The site is
ideal for food technology teaching and there are good design and technology
possibilities for Key Stage 2.
This is a fun science site, aimed at a general audience. There are scientific
puzzles, optical illusions, magic mirrors, and even an investigation into
whether Napoleon really did die from arsenic in his wallpaper. Probably
best suited to Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils, this site is a great way to encourage
interest in the subject.
Guinea Pig Television
Guinea pigs star in this live webcam show. Images are updated every two
minutes and, if you can't see one live, there are archive video clips
to view. The OinkerNet Gallery also features many guinea pig photographs.
It is less messy than having the real thing for classroom or individual
projects relating to pets with Nursery, Key Stage 1 and 2 children.
Which animals live in a wood or hedgerow? What pets would you find sharing
your home? These questions are some of those answered by this simple site
for Nursery and Key Stage 1 classes to introduce them to the occupants
of familiar habitats. Photos accompany the large text making this a handy
site for nature classes without the need for daytrips.
Henrietta Leavitt Flat Screen Space Theatre
Visit this virtual planetarium for a guided tour of the Solar System and
beyond. Key Stage 2 pupils will enjoy this fascinating and informative
site, dealing with stars, black holes and planets. Useful for class or
individual projects relating to space and worth looking at by all astronomy
The Ear Works
Shockwave is required to download this simple animation of the human ear.
It clearly demonstrates, with audio, how sound travels through the ear
to the brain. Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils studying the human body in science
will enjoy this attractive classroom resource.
Hubble Space Telescope
Not the only place to find lots of attractive Hubble images but this is
likely to be the best. The Hubble Space telescope site is probably the
most up to date and the most informative. In addition, you will find educational
activities, information about instrumentation and function, as well as
the Space Telescope Science Institution. A great resource for science
lessons on the mysteries of space.
Insect Zoo Camera
Hunt for giant stick insects with this controllable Web camera. Key Stage
1 and 2 pupils can choose the camera shots and zoom in for a closer look.
A fascinating classroom resource for minibeast projects.
Eclipse Web Site
The August 1999 total eclipse of the sun fired the imagination of most
people in the UK and this site will enhance science projects about this
exciting event and future eclipses. It includes general information, experiments,
quizzes, a DIY eclipse and teaching guide. Easy and quick to navigate
- a must-see site.
(& Mystery Bugs)
The University of Kentucky Entomology Department have provided interesting,
fun projects and resources with an insect theme. A useful supplement to
minibeast topics with Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils, not simply for science,
but also for art, D&T and literacy activities.
A very well organised general knowledge site that professes to be a great
'homework helper'. It does live up to its own description! Information
can easily be found through a variety of routes, the simplest of which
is the ever-popular simple text search. The site is aimed mainly at Key
Stage 2 pupils.
and Optics Activities
Access a variety of simple experiments relating to the properties of light
and its applications. Activities include investigations of refraction,
rainbows and lenses, with clear instructions and diagrams. Further information
is provided through links to the 'reading' pages. Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers
may find this a useful resource for science topics.
'Will it die if it gets no water?' is how this school's website introduces
the concept of living things. Key Stage 1 pupils can follow the simple
online key to indentify an organism down to its group level. Key Stage
2 science classes will find the information sections on plants and animals
and the characteristics of living things useful during lessons on nature
topics. Lots of clear photos and large text make this a worthwhile resource.
The Mechanical Toys Page is devoted to all toys that are powered mechanically
or that are kinetic. Rubber bands, springs, flywheels, candles and gravity
power the toys which range from camphor boats to rubber-band guns. This
site will enhance many topics but is especially useful for science and
of Science and Industry in Manchester
This is simply an amazing site. Everything that a science pupil or teacher
could need is here, including educational games, lesson plans that are
tied directly to the National Curriculum, descriptions of events and online
exhibitions. Try moving the Tower of Hanoi or test your reaction and response
times in the 'hands on' section. A great educational resource.
This site is aimed at Key Stage 2 children in both its content and style.
If you are covering the topic of 'the Earth and beyond', bookmark this
site and let pupils navigate themselves on a journey to the nine planets.
Children can research basic facts or delve deeper into the properties
of the planets that make up our solar system - the site includes a photo
library and movie clips for each planet.
Here you can examine three different types of optical illusion. Click
on each example to gain a better view and receive an explanation. A fun
resource for Key Stage 2 classes studying the workings, and apparent trickery,
of the eye or brain.
Learn about the different parts of plants and how they grow, find out
how seeds travel and how bees help plants, and discover the relationship
between animals and plants. There are also geography and maths activities
on this site which was created by students at Hinkle Creek Elementary
School in Noblesville, Indiana.
Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils will get great projects and experiments and clear,
detailed answers to common science questions here. Science Made Simple
is designed to cover a wide range of ages, from about 5 to 13. Each issue
has several different sections, written at different levels of difficulty
Part of the National Museum of Science and Industry's website, this is
a developing site which has an overall view of what is in the Science
Museum, plus articles about particular exhibits, historical information,
scientific explanation and some good images. Excellent background from
rocks to clocks.
Exciting discoveries about possible life on Mars are revealed along with
video clips of the revolving planet. Key Stage 2 pupils can use this newly-acquired
knowledge to lead a virtual expedition to the planet's surface. With instructions
for making models of Sun-Earth-Moon systems and numerous links, this provides
fun activities and information for science topics.
The Solar System
This site is intended for primary pupils, offering detailed and fascinating
information on our solar system. It takes children on a voyage through
the solar system and beyond, adding questions and interesting facts along
the way. Hyperlinks enable difficult or unknown words to be explored further.
The graphics are fun, colourful and the pages load quickly.
Provides a diagram illustrating which areas of the Earth are currently
in daylight and which are in shadow (night). By making printouts, children
can map how daylight alters over the course of the day. Shading the area
at night on a globe will reveal the relative positions of Sun and Earth
and introduce the causes of the seasons. A fun and educational interactive
site for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils.
Early Years sites are too few at present and this makes up for some of
the slack. Teachers will find free learning resources, practical information
and help from the topic webs and planning pages. There are suggestions
for introducing younger pupils to science and printable worksheets combining
colouring with counting activities. A very useful resource for teachers
and parents of rising fives.
Did you know that every person in the UK produces about half a tonne of
household waste each year? Over 50% of it can be reused or recycled. Find
out how by playing Shockwave games, taking the environmental test or by
just reading the excellent and straightforward texts available. Ideal
for pupils at Key Stage 2 science and above or anybody who would like
to make a difference.
A site that puts itself down in its title is actually a mine of interesting,
if somewhat irrelevant, information. From the true meaning of unusual
words (great for the Literacy Hour!) to explanations of eternal conundrums,
pupils will be able to find out more than they will ever need to know.
They can test themselves on science, geography, history and sport but
beware the American bias. A must for Trivial Pursuit addicts!
Key Stage 1 and 2 science pupils can examine six basic organisms in this
diagrammatic virtual pond. Click on each organism for identification and
simple facts. The site has links which supply more detailed information
for teachers and Key Stage 3 students. It also provides simple guidelines
for novice pond-dippers.
Cycle from North West Water
This is an entertaining and interactive illustration of the water cycle.
The graphics are bright and colourful but the associated text is sometimes
detailed and may need explanation for younger or less able Key Stage 2
pupils. A basic prior understanding would assist student comprehension.
The site could provide suitable revision for Key Stage 3 students.
This is an interactive introduction to ecosystems and food chains. Explore
three islands, and then create a virtual paradise for spiders. Meet a
variety of spiders or study your own mini-ecosystem. A fun and informative
site for minibeast topics in Key Stage 1 and 2 science classrooms.
Meet Willie Wonka and the Oompa Loompas in this exciting and colourful
site. The interactive games are both fun and educational with varied levels,
and can be played online with Shockwave or downloaded. Topics include
science, technology and animals. Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils studying Roald
Dahl's stories will enjoy this either in the classroom or at home.