Primary teaching resources on muscles

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Year 3 and P4 Muscle lesson pack

Year 3 and P4 Muscle investigation

Curriculum links: Animals including humans and Body system and cells.

In this hands-on lesson about muscles, pupils will discover how the bicep and tricep muscles contract and relax to move the bones in our arms. Pupils will make a simple model. In the second lesson, pupils will investigate how muscle fibre increases to make us stronger.

This pack includes:

  • Two differentiated lesson plans
  • A PowerPoint presentation including instructions for how to make a simple model of the arm
  • Printable instructions
  • A table and bar graph to record results

Simple to resource! The items you will need:

  • Lollipop sticks
  • Elastic bands (thick and thin)
  • Bulldog clips
  • Rulers
Our muscle investigation pack in action!

New Knowledge organiser and poster

Year 3 knowledge organiser and poster

This resource contains all the scientific vocabulary that year 3 pupils need to know for the topic animals including humans. Included is an A3 poster to be displayed in your classroom and an A4 double-sided knowledge organiser. The word mat contains the same vocabulary as the poster and on the back, it gives explanations and definitions of the terminology pupils are required to know. It is a perfect resource for ensuring vocabulary progression throughout the school.

Our knowledge organiser is perfect to help pupils use the correct vocabulary when teaching our arm muscles lesson.
Year 3 and P4 reading comprehension

Super scientist Mae Jemison

A biography text for year 3 and P4, linking to the topics animals including humans and body systems and cells, on the remarkable scientist Mae Jemison. Mae Jemison trained to be a dancer, engineer, scientist and astronaut! Mae also spends lots of time teaching and encouraging young people to become scientists, no matter what their background. She wants us all to reach for the stars, and she is still doing this herself by leading a project to develop the science and engineering needed to travel to a different solar system in the next 100 years. Mae doesn’t want anyone to be left out.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
Year 5 and P6 reading comprehension

How stuff works: Rocket packs

This explanation text for year 5 and P6 linking to the topics properties and changes of materials and properties and uses of substances explains how rocket packs work. Being able to fly is one of the most dreamed-about superpowers, which might explain why inventors have spent so much time working on rocket packs. The text uses key vocabulary such as hydrogen peroxide, nitrogen gas, nozzles and throttle.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
Year 6 and P7 reading comprehension

Naked mole rats

This non-chronological report text for year 6 and P7, linking to the topics evolution and inheritance and biological systems, tells you everything you would like to know about the extraordinary rodent, the naked mole rat. The text features: how they are almost immortal, how they have a litter of up to 30 pups, how they are resistant to cancer and why they don’t feel pain.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets.

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Primary Science Resources: Human Body Waste Functions

Great news! Our latest resources to accompany the Pee Power edition of Whizz Pop Bang are now available to download.

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Investigate The Urinary System Lesson Pack

Make a Urinary System

Explore how our bodies get rid of chemicals we don’t need.
Topic: Animals including Humans and Body Systems and Cells
Year Groups: 6 and P7


This lesson pack teaches children how our urinary systems work. Your body has a whole wee-producing department called the urinary system, including your kidneys, bladder and the tubes that connect them and carry the wee out of your body.

This lesson pack includes:

  • A lesson plan, complete with an explanation of how our kidneys work
  • Differentiated printable instructions to make a urinary system
  • A PowerPoint presentation that explains how the urinary system and kidneys work
  • A printable wee colour chart
  • A ‘Wee-ly true’ quiz
Kidney Glomerulus Spectacular Science

Kidney glomerulus

Topic: Animals including Humans and Body Systems and Cells
Year Groups: 2 to 6 and P3 to P7


A short discussion topic. This impressive image shows a close-up view of a kidney glomerulus. Each kidney has around a million glomeruli that filter toxic waste from the blood.

This ten-minute activity, linking to speaking and listening, is ideal for use at the beginning of the day or during transition times, such as after lunch. Pupils will be challenged to guess what the image is by answering the questions shown on the first slide of the PowerPoint. Once pupils have finished, click through to the next slide to reveal the answers.

Interview With A Bioengineer Reading Comprehension

Interview with a bioengineer

Interview with a scientist who turns waste into energy.
Topic: Animals including Humans and Body Systems and Cells
Year Groups: 4 and P5


This interview text delves into what a bioengineer does. Yannis Ieropoulos has designed and created the ‘Pee Power’ toilet, a system that fuels itself and creates little waste. He spends most of his days thinking a lot about toilets, robots and other electronic systems that could be self-sustainable.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print
  • Differentiated reading comprehension question sheets
  • Answer sheets
Historical Scientist Hennig Brand Reading Comprehension

Historical Scientist Hennig Brand

Hennig Brand was an alchemist.
Topic: Animals including Humans and Body Systems and Cells
Year Groups: 4 and P5


This biography text describes the life of historical scientist Hennig Brand. He was an alchemist who lived in Germany in the 17th century and was the first to discover an element. Hennig found phosphorus whilst experimenting with wee!

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print
  • Differentiated reading comprehension question sheets
  • Answer sheets

Latest science news across the world

This month we look at:

  • Black hole seen for the first time
  • Measles crisis
  • Kids sue American government over climate change
  • Wee-loving goats airlifted from national park
  • ‘Mission Jurassic’ dino dig begins
  • This A3 downloadable reading spread is available for you to print.
Science News From Around The World In The Pee Power Issue of Whizz Pop Bang.

Issue 47 – Pee Power
Find out what wee is, why it’s so important and how your body makes it!
Discover some of the wee-rder wonders of urine – did you know that the Romans used wee for cleaning their teeth? Which animal can pee whilst doing a handstand?! Have a go at brewing up some fake wee, create a model urinary tract system and put up the wee colour chart in the classroom.


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