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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to the popular curriculum topic, Sound. SCIS 1525195

BBC Bitesize

Explanations, animated story and quiz on the physical process of sound.

Suggested level: primary

Explanation of how sound works

Includes what sound is, how it travels, sound waves, the speed of sound, with diagrams and examples. Also covers information on sound related technology.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

How your brain understands what your ear hears

The student activities include animated demonstrations showing how we hear sounds.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

How your ears work

Read or listen to how your ears work. Includes links to more information about ears.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

The Science of Sound

Sound is a form of energy. Simple experiments using a tuning fork, slinky and your voice box demonstrate this. From the Franklin Institute.

Suggested level: primary


Log on to EPIC, select Encyclopaedia Britannica Online to discover a range of information on sound. A school log on and password is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

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

Squeak! rumble! whomp! whomp! whomp!: a sonic adventure, by Wynton Marsalis, 2012 (picture book)
Too noisy!, by Malachy Doyle, 2012 (picture book)
The Very Noisy House, by Julie Rhodes, 2013 (picture book)

Science of Sound, NASA Connect, Children’s Museum of Virginia