Seas and Oceans

This list supports the teaching of science through the topic of Seas and Oceans. Providing ideas and resources for linking aspects around Seas and Oceans to science topics such as: habitats, food chains, classification, skeletal structure, teeth, materials and possible affects on the environment.

 

Visit the primary resources for cross curricular topics webpage to access all resource lists:
https://www.stem.org.uk/cross-curricular-topics-resources

 

Links and Resources

 Introduction

This is a booklet and resource for teachers to use which focuses on the topic of oceans, linking to areas such as adaptation, evolution, habitats, recycling, improving the environment and also identification and classification. This could be used as a full scheme of work resource or as one off individual lessons with a focus on one particular sea/ ocean or one area of the science curriculum e.g. adaptation in different seas.

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National SEA LIFE Centre: Key Stage Two Classroom Teaching Aids

 Overview

This resource provides a basic set of 5 power points covering: classification, habitats, food chains, movement and adaptations which can be used in addition to the specified resources, as a plenary or as a starting point for the next lesson.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Web of Wildlife (Age 7-11)

Habitats

Children can study then compare and contrast the different habitats in the variety of seas and oceans around the world e.g. tropical sea e.g. Pacific Ocean V colder sea e.g. North Sea . This could then lead to  discussion and adaptation work around  how fish, mammals, birds etc  adapt to survive in different environments. For the more able pupils this could then lead to further research into the characteristics of deep sea ecosystems and how those organisms survive in such deep sea conditions.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Dinner at the Reef: Food Chains (Age 7 - 11)

Food chains

Children can often recall and understand simple land based food chains but often struggle to realise the differences in fresh/ salt water food chains  or in warm /cold sea and ocean food chains. This resource explores the differences between a land based food chain starting with a green plant and a sea or ocean based food chain starting with seaweed etc.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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ARKive's Adaptation: Design a Species Activity (Age 7-11)

 Adaptation

This activity is designed to teach pupils about the concept of adaptation, using the marine environment as an example of how different species are adapted to survive in a particular type of habitat. Pupils can then design their own species adapted to a particular sea or ocean habitat.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Classification system

This resource supports learning about classification in a marine environment. The children will have the opportunity to learn how to identify living, dead and non-living things and try grouping objects in different ways. They can then go on to classify living things using standard scientific groups, providing reasons and creating a key for classification.

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Sizing Up Species (Age 7 - 11)

 Skeletal differences

The children can compare their estimates of a species’ length (those linked to a specific habitat/ocean or sea) to its actual dimensions and compare it to their own heights. This series of activities is designed to teach children about measurement and the different sizes of animal species in relation to their own. In the second activity, children research the height of different plant and animal species.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Beat the Flood STEM challenge

 Materials

As the climate in the World is gradually changing and fears are spreading with regards to a sea level rise, this resource (set on a fictitious island coping with the devastating effects of flooding caused by climate change) enables pupils to use their skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house. Activities to help them with their design include testing materials (for strength and absorbency) and structures.

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publication year
2010 to 2019

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ARKive's Adaptation: Design a Species Activity (Age 7-11)

  Habitat destruction

This activity also suggests extension activities such as a discussion of environmental factors and habitat destruction by humans on particular habitats and species that live there.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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