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Ivy's Plant Shop Are plants the same all year round?

An entertaining overview outlining the differences between deciduous trees and evergreens, and their seasonal cycles, including budding and the loss of leaves. Teacher notes: You could get students to research how different plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways. They could pick a plant in the school playground or at home and keep a journal, noting the ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:13
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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A World Without Maths Dividing using repeated subtraction

Mrs Barker has just bought some yummy treats for her dogs and they can’t wait to eat them. There is just one problem, if the dogs don’t get the same number of treats each, they get seriously cranky. This sounds like a job for Divider Girl. Can Divider Girl use sharing and repeated subtraction to help Mrs Barker share the ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:12
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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A World Without Maths The relationship between multiplication and division

Baz and Dave need to share out some kittens ready to go to their new homes! At first it seems simple, eight kittens shared between four friends. Things quickly get more complicated when they discover Sally is allergic to cats. She can’t take any kittens, and Mrs Barker has all those dogs. There are remainders involved, new calculations to solve ...
  • 2018
  • 00:06:16
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Ivy's Plant Shop What do plants need to survive?

In this video we discover what causes various ailments in plants, and under what conditions they can thrive. Through systematic and funny observations of plants being kept under poor conditions by plant shop owner Ivy, the fundamental needs of plants are introduced, such as light, air, water, nutrients and space. Teacher notes: After viewing, students could plant seeds in pots. ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:02
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Ivy's Plant Shop How can we protect plants and nature?

An entertaining overview of some of the ways we can help to protect plants and nature. This video looks at ecology, nature reserves and conservation, while also refreshing some of the topics covered in the rest of the series. Teacher notes: You could ask your students to come up with a list of things that humans do that have both ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:59
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Ivy's Plant Shop Grouping living things

In this video students will learn about classification of all living organisms, including animals, bacteria and plants. It highlights how to identify different classes of animal according to their attributes, using examples of vertebrates and invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. Teacher notes: You could get students to complete an activity on grouping other objects based on shared characteristics.
  • 2018
  • 00:03:41
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Ivy's Plant Shop The anatomy of the flower

This video introduces the anatomy of the flower, including the receptacle, sepals, nectaries, carpel, stigma, style, ovary, stamen and petals. By describing the functions of each organ in a simple, scientific and entertaining manner, it allows the students to get a full overview of the flower. Teacher notes: You could get students to draw diagrams of a flower and label ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:25
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov

This video introduces two Russian scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, working at Manchester University. They talk about the experiment they were carrying out when they accidentally discovered the process for extracting an amazing material called graphene in 2004. They talk about their scientific method and hypothesis, and how, by stripping away layers of graphite with strips of sticky tape, ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:18
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Ivy's Plant Shop Parts of a plant

This video explores the different parts of the plant, including the stem, trunk, leaves, flowers and root. The function of each is explained through scientific inquiry and comedy, to give pupils a full overview of plants. Teacher notes: You could get pupils to draw a diagram of a plant and label the different parts. Alternatively, you could print off pictures ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:48
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Galileo Galilei

This video recreates a famous experiment in which Galileo, an Italian scientist, dropped two objects from the Leaning tower of Pisa in 1589. He explains that he did the experiment to show the pull of gravity on an object is the same, regardless of their different weights. He explains that force is a push or pull on an object. He ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:24
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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