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Please recommend great science TV & resources for primary DCs

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threeleftfeet Fri 31-Jan-14 17:27:16

DS (age 6) is really getting into science at the moment.

He's really enjoying Dick and Dom's Absolute Genius for example. Just wondering what else is out there that we could look at this rainy weekend, like programs, interactive stuff on the web or other resources?

TIA smile

WhiskyTangoFoxtrot Fri 31-Jan-14 17:30:22

Try the Royal Institution Christmas lectures online

I particularly recommend 2006 and 2007.

threeleftfeet Fri 31-Jan-14 17:34:14

They're great! Would have been a perfect suggestion, only ... we've seen them all. Well, all the new ones anyway. He did actually sit through one of the maths ones from the 1970s, I have no idea what he was getting out of though it as it was totally going over his head, but he said he wanted to carry on watching it!

But the newer ones, brilliant, we've really enjoyed them.

Anything else kind of like that?

threeleftfeet Fri 31-Jan-14 17:36:48

WhiskyTangoFoxtrot, actually, we've watched all of the RI lectures except the cell one which focuses on death. I thought it might be a bit morbid and have been meaning to watch it first just to check if it's suitable, and what issues come up. Haven't got round to it though.

Have you seen that one? What did you think of it?

WhiskyTangoFoxtrot Fri 31-Jan-14 17:39:44

Crash Course videos on YouTube?

WhiskyTangoFoxtrot Fri 31-Jan-14 17:41:26

Posted my last before I saw your last. I don't remember seeing a cell death one, sorry.

eltsihT Fri 31-Jan-14 17:41:39

Bill nye the science guy, there should be plenty pm you tube

AnAdventureInCakeAndWine Fri 31-Jan-14 17:46:29

Print-your-own elements cards.
Sid the Science Kid.
Edheads (some of these activities will be beyond him, probably (so check them out first), but if he's followed this year's RICL then he might find the sickle cell DNA one an interesting extension activity).
PhysicsCentral's physics-based comic books.
Sylvia's Super Awesome Mini Maker Show on YouTube.

threeleftfeet Fri 31-Jan-14 18:10:57

Brilliant, thanks everyone, this is great! We'll check them out and report back smile

Maybe read this with him

Written by Lucy Hawking with a bit of help from her dad Stephen.

This is fun

threeleftfeet Fri 31-Jan-14 18:46:48

He's also really into space stuff, and recommendations for space programmes / resources aimed at primary children would be brilliant too

Meglet Fri 31-Jan-14 18:49:40

NASA have some superb kids pages. It finally made me understand why the sky is blue grin.

We're a dick 'n' dom and RI xmas lectures house too.

Have you spotted the Space Station yet? If you pop your postcode on the NASA site it tells you when it's going over.

ItsATIARA Fri 31-Jan-14 18:56:02

Mythbusters is fun, but some of the subject matter a bit gruesome, so vet each episode quickly online in advance. Horrible Science books will go down well - if not now then soon (the annuals are pitched a bit younger than the books). BBC4 has a load of good doccos. Brian Cox's astronomy serieses are out on DVD I think. Life on Earth is being repeated on a minority channel at the weekends.

Are you near London?

ItsATIARA Fri 31-Jan-14 18:58:04

Life on Earth 9:10-11:00 am, Saturday BBC2

hippo123 Fri 31-Jan-14 19:02:33

My ds likes 'finding stuff out'. I think it's on the pop channel. 'Lab rats challenge' is another. Plus you tube, loads of crazy science stuff on that.

LetZygonsbeZygons Fri 31-Jan-14 19:03:46

nina and the neurons.

foslady Fri 31-Jan-14 19:07:41

Recommended childrens books from National Science Teachers Association

Natural science



Leodensian Fri 31-Jan-14 19:09:10

Have a look at the Zooniverse site, they have some good stuff. Also there used to be some good videos on the NASA you tube channel, they we're animations for the most part, maybe some visualisations in there if I remember right.

If he's interested in space and astronomy keep an eye out for any public observing/telescope nights or events that link in with Stargazing live (though the big event has just been this year). These are usually organised by/with local university Physics and Astro departments so are good at catering for all ages and often have hands on activities at bigger events.

foslady Fri 31-Jan-14 19:09:18

The slo mo guys on You Tube are good too - things exploding but in sol motion

foslady Fri 31-Jan-14 19:10:09

Sol????? Slow blush

MmeLindor Fri 31-Jan-14 19:10:43

We have a bit of science stuff on Jump! Mag which might interest him. I'd also look at encouraging him to look at other vaguely related fields eg archaeology. One of the things I really like is when kids see that science is everywhere, not just in 'science' programmes, if you see what I mean.

He might enjoy Astronaut Abby - there are lots of great resources on there.

RaspberrySchnapps Fri 31-Jan-14 19:16:19

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DoItTooJulia Fri 31-Jan-14 19:18:30

Hey, can we get this moved to somewhere more permanent so that is doesn't disappear. Some great suggestions here.

ItsATIARA Fri 31-Jan-14 19:21:07

Second vote for Here Comes Science

LetZygonsbeZygons Fri 31-Jan-14 19:21:19

move it to Telly Addicts site, think it stays longer there.

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