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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.


Lesson 3: Amazing Polyps

In this lesson children learn about the life cycle of the coral polyp and compare it to the life cycle of an animal living in their local environment. The find out about the Great Barrier Reef and how these tiny animals create the reef.


Lesson 2: Reef builders

In this lesson children identify a range of living things that live a coral habitat, including the tiny coral polyps which make the reef. Using this knowledge they then create a reef-in-a box or a reef mural to show the diversity of life on a coral reef.


Lesson 1: Coral explorer

This lesson introduces children to the wonders of the coral reef and the adventures of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey. Children find out where coral reefs can be found and learn about the work of scientists exploring them. They learn about the signs used by divers to communicate underwater and take part in a...

Car Wars

In this activity students imagine it is 2020 and they are about to get their first car. They also imagine that increased carbon dioxide emissions have led to huge financial incentives to buy renewable fuels. Filling stations provide hydrogen and biodiesel fuels, and recharging points for electric cars are...

Careers Examples and Options

These two Future Morph resources aim to show students that there is a wide choice of options open to those who study sciences and mathematics. The resources consist of:

Career examples list

The list covers six areas of science:

* Living things


Building Images

In this activity, students create colour images from satellite data. This allows them to study how different surfaces reflect different wavelengths of light, how coloured images are created using an RGB model, and how band combinations can be chosen to examine a particular landscape effectively.

Build Your Own Universe

This resource, produced by SEPNet and Queen Mary University of London, uses Lego to represent the building blocks of matter. Different colour Lego bricks are assigned to different quarks and leptons. The quarks can be put together to make hadrons, such as protons and neutrons. The blocks can also be used to show...

The next frontier

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in 2015, focused on the topic of human spaceflight.  The activities linked to the clips from lecture 3 are as follows:

Step 1: Starter to link to pupil experience
Introduce the topic of extremely long journeys by starting with talking about pupils’ greatest or...

James Webb Space Telescope: Keeping Things Cold

In this activity children learn about how the James Webb Space Telescope is designed to keep itself cold. They find out about the sunshield and how it works then explore how they can keep cold things cold, when they are exposed to heat; investigating the best material and number of layers...


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