Resources - Primary

21st January 2011 at 00:00


Live Science Museum show on tour

The Science Museum is taking to the stage across the country in an effort to inspire children with a live show. Science Museum Live on Tour promises a series of spectacular demonstrations and experiments aimed at children aged seven and up. The national tour starts on January 29. For details go to

Pie Corbett's storytelling event

The Story Museum is organising a conference on the role of storytelling in education. It will feature contributions from storytelling expert Pie Corbett and Taffy Thomas, the first laureate for storytelling, and takes place in Oxford on February 14. For details, go to

Maths learning difficulties conference

Education consultancy Learning Works is holding its third annual dyscalculia and maths learning difficulties conference in London on June 28. For details, go to


What is it?

This is a collection of resources on mountains and rivers.

How to use it

Mountain resources include a document with facts, images and links for research (uploaded by TES Resource Teamwoodlands juniors); key facts about the eight highest mountains for key stage 2, hidden in a "chatterbox" that pupils have to cut and fold to use (Chris1962); a webpage for exploring Snowdonia, suitable for KS1 children (NGfLGCaD Cymru); and a topic on mountain environments, including material for display and a workbook (gillimac) and information on volcanoes (Franklin Watts), both aimed at KS2.

Widgit_Software has contributed resources, supported by Widgit symbols, that are designed to help pupils understand concepts if they struggle to read the text. These include information on what defines a mountain, a worksheet on mountain plants and animals and a vocabulary list.

River materials include a presentation on how to start a water topic (Sillbilliz) and images and facts on six of the world's major rivers (Davidbrown4910), both suitable for KS2. For younger pupils, a PowerPoint features a puppet visiting waterways and asking questions about their features and uses (kCOATES).

Louise Bruzon has uploaded a series of Barnaby Bear resources for KS1, including images of different environments for pupils to describe, worksheets for labelling different types of locations and a series of maps showing the positions of major mountains and rivers.

Where to find it

The collection can be found at


What is it?

This is a collection of some of the most popular music resources for early years and primary pupils.

How to use it

A selection of resources can be used to introduce musical instruments to pupils in the classroom. A set of cards is designed for independent use by pupils working with a box of instruments (uploaded by b_g_uk) and musical instrument photo cards are designed for display or labelling (lbuzzybea). Keyboard resources include a link to a virtual keyboard (NEN) and a PowerPoint of a touchscreen piano (blagmusic).

Resources to help pupils listen to and appraise music include a game where pupils match notes sung by the Blob Chorus - if they choose the wrong notes, then Blob will explode (eChalk Ltd) - and a set of extracts of music with questions on voice, instruments, pace, texture and musical vocabulary (NGfL Cymru).

Lesson plans include a scheme of work based on the QCA units (Misty_24), a five-week plan based on The Carnival of the Animals (dinx67) and world music from Oxfam (iallen).

Resources on music composition or performance feature an activity where pupils are encouraged to make patterns using animals (TESiboard) and a lesson introducing children to the idea of expressing emotion through music (Brianne Turner), both suited for early-years pupils. An interactive composition programme can be used for key stages 1 and 2 (Simon Haughton).

For songs and music, a link to a selection of children's songs can be used as a backing track (chocolate.eater); a website provides children's songs in MP3 format that can be downloaded for free (yankie) and there are six songs, with teaching notes, following the story of Noah (NGfL Cymru).

Where to find it

The collection can be found at


What is it?

This is a selection of resources on birds, including bird-related activities and ideas.

How to use it

A weblink provides details of all British garden birds, including photographs and samples of birdsongs, another webpage provides an A-to-Z listing of birds, with information, images and video footage (both RSPBTES Resources) while a PowerPoint features birds from around the world (Genesesciberras). Activity sheets for early-years pupils include instructions on making nesting boxes and a bird cake (Learning through Landscapes) and a guide for feeding birds is aimed at key stage 1 pupils (RSPBTES Resources).

Resources on different types of birds feature three members of the jay family (Morddel), facts about robins (Teacher1212) and information on different types of owls (NicoleKsusancorlett). A worksheet provides a base for pupils to research a range of birds (Lbrowne) and a lesson plan looks at masked birds, where pupils discuss possible reasons for mask features on certain birds and then make their own masks (Morddel).

A series of activities uploaded by TESiboard includes an interactive book, labels for a display or class book, index cards and a decision tree, where pupils sort items with yes or no questions.

Where to find it

The collection can be found at

Date for your diary

The RSPB holds its Big Schools' Birdwatch from January 24 to February 4. To register, go to

All of these resources and more can be found at TES Resources, a collection of more than 50,000 lesson plans, activities, games, ideas and worksheets, covering all subjects from early years to post-16. To view resources, or to upload your own, go to

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