Our Ocean Planet is a series of 12 lessons designed for primary-level students who will discover the diversity and importance of Britain’s surrounding seas before heading on a round the world voyage. As they travel the oceans, they will be studying everything from the water cycle in the Arctic to penguin evolution in the Southern Ocean and a lot more in between.
Each lesson is introduced by a different expert from a diverse crew of experienced ocean scientists and explorers. They will set the students their mission which is based around a key question, with activities and resources to support group-based investigation and learning.
This introductory lesson sees students explore the seas and coasts of the United Kingdom with explorer and TV presenter Paul Rose.
In this lesson, students learn about the five major marine habitats around the UK and the different conditions in each one.
This lesson uses a virtual ocean for students to explore the diversity, features and adaptations of marine life around the UK.
Students will investigate the main uses of the sea, before analysing data demonstrating the worth of the major marine industries to the UK economy.
Students will learn about the names and locations of the world’s oceans before looking at some of the major marine features.
Students will visit the Arctic Ocean and learn about the water cycle. They will conduct a practical to link the ideas of temperature and evaporation.
Students will investigate the relationship between latitude and climate. Then they will explore the impact of ocean currents on climate.
Students classify some organisms that are frequently thought to be other things, e.g. dolphins are mammals not fish and sponges are actually animals.
Students will learn about the impact of plastic pollution on marine life and then explore how the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) can be applied.
In this lesson, students travel to the Southern Ocean and the waters around Antarctica to study how penguins have adapted to this habitat.
By playing the Penguin Evolution Game, students will explore how penguins might have evolved to suit past environmental changes.
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