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Lesson 6: How do you recover a submarine with levers and pulleys?

This activity supports children in developing their understanding of levers and pulleys, relating this to how cranes launch and recover submersibles. It follows on from Lesson 5 where children designed and built a crane. In this lesson they add a lever or pulley...

Lesson 5: How do you launch a submarine with strong structures?

In this activity liked to children look at how cranes help to launch submersibles. They investigate how cranes work and design and make their own working crane models. They also construct a model submersible to launch and recover once their crane is complete.

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Lesson 4: How do you choose materials for a submarine?

This lesson discusses the properties of materials and their use in submersible design. Children look at submersible designs from the past and the materials that they were made from. They learn about the design specification of a submersible and find out about different possible materials that could be used in...

Lesson 2: What lives in the deep sea?

This lesson explores the depth of the ocean through creating a scale diagram of the different ocean zones and identifying significant points within these zones. Children will think about the challenges deep sea exploration poses for humans and how they might be overcome. They also examine submersibles and...

Lesson 1: How big and how deep is the ocean?

This lesson sets the scene for a series of lessons based on the theme of deep-sea exploration. Children find out about the scale of oceans and explore the importance of them to our planet. They then find out about some of the strange animals which live in the depths of oceans, making observations and asking...

Lesson 8: Coral press conference

This activity brings together the previous learning about coral reefs. They consider why it is important to share scientific findings and review previous learning. Children then use their knowledge to prepare an article, blog post, audio report, press release, or video to tell others about coral reefs and the...

Lesson 7: Human impact on the reef

Children find out about the various impacts humans have had on the coral reef ecosystem, both positive and negative. They learn about threats to the reef including overfishing, increase in coral predators and tourism. They then consider what changes could be made to ensure that there are healthy coral reefs...

Lesson 6: Adaptation on the reef

Different species have adapted to life on the coral reef in amazing and diverse ways. From sleeping in mucus bubbles to flexible snakelike skeletons. In this lesson children describe animal adaptations in the coral reef environment. They then apply their knowledge of these adaptations to create the ultimate...

Lesson 5: Coral food chains

In this lesson children learn about food chains on the coral reef, identifying the range of primary producers in the ocean. Describing food chain relationships, they reflect on the importance of all parts of food chains. They then create a mobile showing some of the main types of life that can be found on the...

Lesson 4: Coral classification

This lesson introduces children to the range of life on a coral reef. They identify different species, sort them into different groups and start to use classification keys. They then design their own classification keys to identify living things in a coral reef habitat.

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