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With these resources your students will explore incredible underwater landscapes and the many creatures that live above and below the water's surface

Getting started

Be sure to read our getting started guide first. The guide tells you how our lessons have been designed to be used, and gives you a breakdown of the features included in each one.

1. Introducing the Ocean

Our corner of the ocean, the North East Atlantic, is home to incredibly diverse habitats and species. Discover the wonders of our ocean and why a healthy ocean is important not just to marine life, but all life on Earth.

Explore how your school is connected to the ocean, and describe the five parts of the ocean.

Students will also learn why the ocean is salty and what causes the tides.

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2. Create a food web

In this session students will learn to identify marine animals and build a food web.

They'll be able to define the terms predators, prey, producers, consumer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, habitat and diversity.

Students will also look at how external factors and threats affect a food web.

Grey Seals in the surf Loch Eriboll Scotland Kirsty Andrews

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3. How do creatures adapt?

Through studying UK marine habitats, students will learn to identify a variety of creatures, as well as how and why they have adapted to their environments.

Working in small groups on a play about life in a habitat will help cement learning and allow creativity to develop.

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4. Life in the Deep

In this activity-led session students will discover how animals in the deep have adapted to the harsh conditions.

Activities include paired work, class scientific observation, group measuring exercises and analysing images.

At the end of the lesson, students can design their own deep sea creature to include the adaptation features covered.

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5. Outdoor Rockpool Explorers

Rockpools are fascinating environments to explore; this lesson involves taking your class on a trip to local rockpools. Students will focus on habitat conditions, adaptations and grouping animals.

This lesson provides pre- and post-activities to increase learning opportunities.

6. Indoor Rockpool Explorers

Bring the seaside to the classroom through a virtual rockpool exploration.

Students will study these fascinating habitats, exploring the conditions and adaptation features and begin to group animals.

7. Grouping animals

Working in small groups, students will sort animals by their features and characteristics.

By the end of the activity, students will be able to define invertebrates and vertebrates, and name and describe characteristics of marine mammals, reptiles, birds and fish.

Spiny Seahorse in Seagrass

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8. Sharks aren't scary

Sharks are fascinating creatures and we are lucky to have 21 resident species in UK seas.

This lesson explores the biology of sharks, including studying their anatomy, life cycle, and feeding adaptations. The lesson also touches on why these incredible creatures are threatened.

Blue shark in English Waters Kirsty Andrews

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9. Tremendous turtles

In this lesson, students will learn about biology, migration patterns and conservation of sea turtles. They will manipulate and present scientific data, increase their map skills, and develop their reading and writing skills.

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