Human Body : Overview

 Human Body : Overview

There are over seventy organs in a human body which vary according to their sizes, functions or actions.

An organ is a collection of millions of cells which group together to perform single functions in a our body.

The cells in these body organs are highly specialised and form for all the necessary actions for some specific time.

Out of these organs of a male or female body, skin is the largest organ with respect to its size and weight.

The major organ in the body of human beings is the brain which is primarily responsible for performing all the functions and actions of the body.

The list of major organs and systems of the body for study in Key Stage 2 might include the following…

  • Control : the brain
  • Sensory Input : skin, eyes, ears, nose and tongue
  • Respiration : heart, lungs, blood, arteries and veins
  • Digestion : teeth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, colon
  • Waste Disposal : lungs, blood, liver, kidneys, bladder
  • Movement : skeleton and muscles

Parts of a Flowering Plant

Parts of a Flowering Plant

As a whole class activity for the interactive whiteboard it is an excellent Resource.

In the first part of the activity you are required to drag the various parts of a flower to the appropriate box on the screen. Once you have done this you can click on the magnifying icon in each box which gives details of the precise form and function of the different flow parts : petal, sepals, carpel, nectaries stamens and receptacle.

On the next screen, a more detailed diagram requires that the names of the various flower parts be dragged into the correct place to label the parts.

There is a help screen available to explain the activity. Each dragged item springs back into place when placed wrongly. As the default for pupils would be simply to drag everything until it fits, thus learning very little, this activity would be best paced by the teacher and used for dis cushion with a view to getting each element placed correctly the first time.

There is also Text and a  Quiz to accompany this activity. This activity is a Flash based animation and, as such, will not play on some tablets.

Parts of a Flowering Plant by BBC


The Human Body: Teeth and Eating

The Human Body: Teeth and Eating by Manchester University

All you need to know about teeth.

With an introduction by Professor Liz Kay of Manchester University this is a comprehensive suite of resources containing both information and interactive activities all about teeth.

From the structure and types of teeth, through how they develop and fit in the mouth to interactive games around the theme of teeth, there is plenty for pupils to go at.

The information sections end in a quiz and pupils can pick up a code for correctly answering the quiz and enter these in the final claim Your Stamp screen to receive an award from the University by email.

This works on desktop computers and likely some tablets but as in requires Adobe Flash plugin it will not work on iPads.

The Human Body: Teeth and Eating by Manchester University

Science : The Biology of Plants

The Biology of Plants by Missouri Botanical Gardens

A wealth of age appropriate information about plants.

If plants, their parts and their lifecycle is your science topic then all the information you need is here.

Germination, pollination, seed dispersal and the way different plants have adapted to suit their environment is all covered.

This is good old fashioned textual information interspersed with appropriate diagrams, images, animations and video clips – ideal for a research project in upper Key Stage 2 (9-11 years)

There is also a section detailing the importance to life on Earth.

The Biology of Plants by Missouri Botanical Gardens

Earth in Space : Gravity and Orbits

Earth in Space : Gravity and Orbits By Colorado University

This excellent simulation depicts the orbit of the Earth around the Sun and to show the effects of increases and decreases in the gravitational force governing the Earth’s orbit.

In addition, there is an option to show the orbit of the moon around the Earth.

Users can increase ir decrease the gravitational pup of the sun or the earth and watch the effects on screen. The orbit may change its distance from the Sun or become elliptical depending on the relative gravitational force of the two celestial bodies.

In extreme cases the Earth may even crash into the Sun or drift off into outer space.

This activity is both instructional and provides great subject matter for discussion about what wold happen to life on Earth in a variety of circumstances

Gravity and Orbits By Colorado University