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Living Paintings

Science Alive! The Wonder of Life

Suitable for: 11-14 years (Key stage 3), Teachers

This collection explores the extraordinary variety of life on Earth with famous scientist and TV presenter, Professor Robert Winston. This book takes you from the building blocks of life – the cells from which all plants and animals are made – through to specific habitats and ecosystems. Discover how plants and humans reproduce and the complex ways in which living things depend on each other. This fact book may support subjects in the National Curriculum and is great as an educational resource in class, home-schooling, homework-help, project work and independent learning.

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These trees are called emergents and, in the Amazon, can tower up to 70 metres above ground. Trees in rainforests grow in distinct layers, each providing differing habitats for different animals and plant species. Emergents form the highest layer, growing above the packed canopy, which we will come to later. This top layer receives plenty of wind, rain and sun, enabling the trees to grow large and strong. Emergent trees take advantage of the space to spread their branches and leaves as wide as they can, to catch as much sunlight as possible. Most emergent trees have small waxy leaves which do not dry out easily even in the fierce sun they experience. These trees are evergreen and do not shed all their leaves in winter, so they continue to make food via photosynthesis all year round.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • A large print colour image pack.
  • Guidance notes for parents and teachers to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Plant cell, animal cell, bacteria and DNA
Lily flower, bee on Common Toadflax and dandelion seed head
Egg fertilisation, cell division and human foetus in womb at 8 months
Grassland food web
Amazon rainforest

What our members say

Enjoyable pack The student loved learning about the different animals - being able to touch a bee was fun. The pack helped the student with her research project. Library Member
Brilliant Pack This pack was truly brilliant. I have especially enjoyed the building blocks of life and the section on human reproduction. It is truly amazing and a student can learn a lot and find different answers about life. Rose

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