This list consists of lesson plans, activities and ideas to support the teaching of science through the topic of Explorers. It contains ideas for how to link science to the topic, tips on using the resources, suggestions for further use and background subject knowledge to support teachers in delivering the science objectives through this topic. Resources support the teaching of the science topics light, Earth in Space, living things and their habitats, animals including humans, light, evolution and inheritance and forces. This enables teachers to choose which aspect of science they would like to teach within the overarching topic.
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This fun and engaging science lesson enables children to investigate the impact of exercise on the way their bodies function.
It is important for children to learn that there are some activities in which we partake that require a different diet or exercise regime.
If I were teaching this lesson, I would link it to PE, and ask children to plan an execute a training plan for an Arctic explorer.
Children (and adults) often believe that there are 'good' foods and 'bad' foods. This resources allows children to see that sometimes it is necessary to eat a high-calorie diet.
As well as planning a menu for Arctic explorers, an excellent cross-curricular opportunity could be missed if children are not given the opportunity to make some of the foods that they have planned to feed their explorer. Children could try a number of different energy balls (recipes are often found in fitness magazines or on fitness websites). They could then be given the opportunity to design and make their own.
This video could be used to support the teaching of evolution, focussing particularly on adaptation. Children could be asked to imagine that the group of teachers shown in the video lived in Anarctica for millions of years. What adaptations might the humans evolve eventually? Some animals are shown in the clip, which also allows discussion about adaptation.
This video could also be used to support the teaching of Animals Including Humans, focussing on what impact lifestyle has on humans. Children could research the effects of extreme cold on humans, as well as what diet people need to have in Antarctica.
There is also some discussion about the landing of a plane on ice, along with how the teachers get around on skis. This would support the teaching of friction. Children could investigate what could be done to slow the landing of the plane. The windy conditions are referred to in the video clip, and children could investigate air resistance, making parachutes that could be used in such conditions.
When learning about light travelling in straight lines and reflecting off surfaces, children often find it difficult to apply their knowledge. Making a periscope is an excellent way of putting their theoretical knowledge into practice.
Ocean explorers often use periscopes; they have even been used in space exploration too!
You may need to show children images of periscopes on a submarine so that they understand the concept. Children will also need some time playing with mirrors so that they can see that mirrors help them to see around corners.
Our Ocean Planet is a series of 12 lessons which support the teaching of science and geography.
Mission 2 involves teaching children about different marine habitats around the UK. This provides a good opportunity to discuss adaptation. Children could research marin habitats and make predictions about the types of animals that live in them. They could then apply that knowledge to another environment that has a variety of types of habit such as woodland.
Children could make models of the different types of habitats and the animals that live in them.