Image: Smell by Dennis Wong on Flickr

Information about the world around us is gathered using our senses; smell,  hearing, vision, taste and touch. These online resources will support your understanding of how the different senses work. SCIS 1697985

See also: Brain science and The human body – five systems

Kids Health

This section of the Kids Health website has experiments that explore ideas around the five senses.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


To discover information on sound on the home work site ManyAnswers use the search term sound.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Science Kids

Fun facts about the senses on this New Zealand Science Kids website devoted to science and technology topics.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Science Learning

This New Zealand site offers comprehensive information on the human senses. The topic is explored through articles, video, sensory scientist profiles and interactive animation. Also includes teaching and learning approaches to the subject.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Women's and chidlren's health network - Your senses

The Kids' Health section includes information on the five senses, sensors, and a discussion on the sixth sense. Site includes fun facts and a sense related online crossword.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


The EPIC databases Encyclopedia Britannica Online, Health and Wellness and Science in Context provide a range of information on the five senses. A school log-on and password is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Esther’s rainbow, by Kim Kane and Sara Acton, 2013 (picture book)
My silent world, by Nette Hilton and Vincent Agostino, 2009 (sophisticated picture book)
The noisy paintbox, by Barb Rosenstock, 2014 (picture book)


Human Senses Touch and Vision. BBC. Youtube. 10:09