Lower Key Stage 2 Animated Facts

Animations exploring engaging non-fiction subjects to help children learn about our world and their place within it and experience different styles of presenting information.

Lower Key Stage 2

Bicycle Facts

A selection of screens explore aspects of bikes. ‘Facts’ generates a variety of fun facts. ‘Bikes’ explores tandem and racing bikes through labelled photographs. ‘Bike leaflet’ contains information on the benefits of cycling to health and the community and safety aspects such as helmets and cycle lanes. ‘Bike website’ shows a webpage selling bikes that illustrates features such as frame size, colours and materials. ‘History’ shows an interactive timeline which documents the development of the bike, key inventors and improvements. ‘Scooters’ focusses on tricks which can be performed on a scooter, along side information about motorised and kick scooters, labelled diagrams and safety information. ‘Scooter website’ shows a scooter for sale with information for a potential purchaser such as load limit, brakes, ability to be folded, price and target users. These screens would be useful support materials for persuasive writing, exploring non-fiction or history topic work.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
Download .swf (PC) | Download .exe (PC without Flash Player) | Download .app (Mac)

7 screens

Cob

This resource explores unusual houses and buildings that use different materials. The screens begin with a simple question about where a cob house might be located to promote discussion and introduce the topic. Subsequent screens focus on other buildings made from unusual materials and include questions to encourage reflection. This resource would be useful when looking at unfamiliar building styles as part of geography topic work, or as a prompt for creative writing.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
Download .swf (PC) | Download .exe (PC without Flash Player) | Download .app (Mac)

5 screens

Amazing People

Pictures lead to amazing and interesting facts about rescue helicopters, Mexican waves, marathon runners, millipedes, transplant surgery, football, bungee jumping and Madonna! Street signs link to articles about other non-fiction reports and their features. Screens with facts about a footballer and a band explain how different features are used to compile a non-fiction report. Two further screens focus on the difference between fact or opinion based styles of reporting. A ‘Wall of Words’ provides a selection of vocabulary appropriate to the theme of the resource. The ‘Young Daily Record’ shows the features of a newspaper front page, including headline, dateline, masthead and by-line. ‘News Online’ is an electronic version of the same story, as if presented on a news website and explores features such as hyperlinks and video and audio links.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
Download .swf (PC) | Download .exe (PC without Flash Player) | Download .app (Mac)

16 screens

Funky Fastenings

A series of screens explore a variety of fastenings and how they can be used to join different materials. Each fastener has a detailed, sequenced animation to show it in action. The fasteners used are pop rivets, nuts and bolts, staples and screws as well as other easy fasteners which may be familiar. This resource would be useful when exploring materials and fasteners in science or technology, or writing instructions.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
Download .swf (PC) | Download .exe (PC without Flash Player) | Download .app (Mac)

7 screens

Ponds

Explore a pond and discover information about some of its inhabitants. Children click on each creature to find further information. As some creatures move faster than others, it can be a challenge to click on them all! A newspaper article describes a controversial plan to fill in a local pond, and features of the argument are listed at the end. Four letters that support or condemn the proposal also have features of their arguments highlighted. An audio clip, with transcript, in the form of a radio program provides different points of view about the plan to fill in the pond. This resource is useful when working on persuasive writing, formulating arguments and debating.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
Download .swf (PC) | Download .exe (PC without Flash Player) | Download .app (Mac)

7 screens

Time Travel

Follow Wendle on a journey through time to learn historical facts about transport from different periods. Discover how heavy stones were moved in Ancient Egypt, learn about the invention of the wheel, the motor car and the aeroplane and ask what transport might be like in the future. There are interesting facts about rationing, aeroplanes and Anderson shelters in WW2. Each stage begins with a question to prompt discussion. This resource would be useful to support history topic work or non-fiction writing about vehicles and transport.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
Download .exe (PC without Flash Player) | Download .app (Mac)

10 screens