As the use of tablets in schools continues to grow, so the number of apps available for the education sector has exploded. Whether, you’re a teacher or parent, researching and picking the right app to support your children is not only tricky but potentially time consuming and expensive. We’ve worked with a primary school teacher, reviewing over 100 apps to produce a list of our favourites – saving you time and money.
Here’s our review of five of the best science related apps and you can find a link to the other subject reviews at the end of the article.
Monster Physics is an app that can be used by children young and old. Younger children will enjoy building objects to complete levels whilst gaining knowledge of the basic fundamentals of friction, speed and mass. Older children will be able to use their acquired skills from the classroom to complete levels, whilst using the learning section to help with any gaps in their understanding of the physics principles involved.
Astro Cat’s Solar System is a wonderfully crafted app designed for children who have recently started exploring the solar system, both within the classroom and at home. It provides the necessary information children are required to learn in KS2 but will also stimulate children to further explore both our own solar system and beyond. The app combines games, quizzes and learning seamlessly to keep children engaged and enjoying their learning journey.
ZooMoo works marvellously as a stand-alone app but when combined with the television programme (also available via its YouTube channel) it allows teachers, parents and children to explore a huge range of animals and their habitats. The app builds on the stories from the TV channel by providing the children with information about the animals’ diet, population status and even reads the name aloud, which is great for unfamiliar animals and spellings. Additionally it will enhance children’s understanding of the importance of conservation efforts being made for the animals.
This Is My Body is an excellent tool for children that are beginning to learn about their bodies, and also works in conjunction with the KS2 curriculum topic ‘animals including humans’. Its vast and neatly displayed content will mean children will enjoy learning about their bodies through this interactive app. It has successfully incorporated texts, narrations, pictures and quizzes designed to show them what they have learnt.
Eco-Explorer is a gloriously simple and brilliantly designed app that children of all primary ages can use and enjoy. Best used when out and about (and could be incorporated well within a Forest School lesson) children use the app to ‘scan’ hidden QR codes (provided by the Eco-Explorer website when subscribed) whilst exploring their local wildlife. Eco-Explorer then provides interesting learning points. The app also has other challenges enabling the children to learn about mini beasts, flowers, British birds and many more.
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