Upper 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.

Upper Key Stage 2

Maps and Mountains

This resource includes interesting facts about maps and mountains. Explore a map of Mt. Everest. Access information and details about the map and see the heights of various points up to the summit. Read detailed diary entries about the struggle to the summit, and a letter about one man’s climb. Colourful interactive picture maps show details of a village and a set of instructions to help find the mosque. This resource would be useful during geography topic work, or non-fiction writing (recounts, explanations, letters, diary entries or instructions).

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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Rowing

An exciting story about rowing has highlighted words and phrases which children can click on to find out more information. Compare similarities and differences between an online ‘Website Report’ about a regatta and a corresponding newspaper story. Learn about the role of the cox and different types of boats. Explore the life of a rower with facts about training and diet. An interactive activity allows children to design team colours. There is a comprehensive glossary with many useful words and phrases.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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Wartime Evacuees

This resource is about the experiences of an evacuee during World War 2. An essay written by the evacuee gives an insight into the countryside viewed from a city child’s point of view and is a useful starting point for discussion about how children may have misconceived life in the countryside! This resource is useful during history topic work on World War 2, as well as explanation writing.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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Zeppelins

A collection of different texts around the history of zepplins, focusing on the Hindenburg disaster, includes a timeline, an eye witness report, a newspaper article and a diary account by a survivor. A leaflet selling airship travel to potential passengers describes life and safety on board. Different features of writing such as citations of authority, emotive language and analysis are highlighted. The theme is brought into the present with a description and newspaper headlines about a hot-air balloon funday.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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Charles Dodgson / Lewis Carroll

This resource is about Lewis Carroll. A biography has facts, opinion and point of view highlighted. A personal letter from Lewis Carroll focusses on connectives and gives insight into his character. A formal letter is shown, with factual information and formal language highlighted. Discuss the conventions of newspaper reports with a report linked to the tale of The Walrus and the Carpenter. There is a second letter and an interactive activity to discuss headline writing. This resource is useful for research into an author, letter writing or biography work.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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GM Facts

This resource contains facts and information about genetically modified crops, the science behind them and their potential impact. Three letters to The Times give viewpoints for, against and undecided. A ‘government’ document with a glossary explores the use of the passive voice and official, impersonal language. Bullet-pointed facts from Greenpeace are included, as well as a debate between two farmers. This resource would be useful for work on arguments and debates, persuasive letter writing or leaflet design.

This Animated Fact is also available to use offline or on a computer with restricted access.
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Parachutes

Engaging set of facts about parachuting. The set includes the history of parachuting and its uses today, detailed information about André-Jacques Garnerin and his amazing feats, a letter from André’s cat telling the tale of one jump, facts about skydiving and a comparison between parachuting, skydiving and ballooning. This resource would be useful during topic work on historical figures or inventions, or to support work on diary writing or explanations.

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)

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