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Lesson 3: UK marine life with Dr Ceri Lewis

Using a ‘virtual ocean’, children explore the diversity, features and adaptations of marine life around the UK. The activities are introduced through a presentation featuring Dr Ceri Lewis, a Marine Biology Lecturer, who also talks about her interests and how they led her into her job.

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Lesson 2: UK marine habitats with Dr Helen Findlay

In this lesson, children learn about the five major marine habitats around the UK and the different conditions in each one. A presentation featuring Oceanographer, Dr Helen Findlay, introduces the lesson and talks about her interests and what she does in her job.

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Lesson 1: The UK seas with Paul Rose

In this introductory lesson to the Our Ocean Planet topic children explore the seas and coasts of the United Kingdom with explorer and TV presenter Paul Rose. Children name and locate the UK’s surrounding seas, major marine features and landmarks. They also develop their knowledge of geographical vocabulary and map...

Can You Get Fat in Space?

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks us the question, “Can you get fat in space?”. He explains that, due to being in a weightless environment, astronauts' muscles do not need to work as hard as on Earth, and so the fat on their bodies could increase....

Build the Station Simulation

With just a few materials, building a paper model of the International Space Station (ISS) can become a class project. This publication contains a brief overview of the ISS, its parts, the science that occurs on board, instructions, and extension fact sheets. Learn about the ISS, explore fun facts, simulate...

Big Telescopes

The Big Telescopes poster links ground and space based telescopes with the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that they are observing and their locations on Earth or in space.

The poster explains how larger telescopes allow scientists to learn more about the early universe and map our own galaxy with...

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: Designing the Primary Mirror

This activity looks at the primary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope exploring the challenges that faced scientists and engineers whilst they were designing it. Linking to tessellating shapes in mathematics children investigate different shapes. They then look at the rotational...

Principia Space Diary

The Principia Space Diary aims to help children find out more about the Principia mission, to strengthen literacy and visual literacy skills and engage children in STEM learning. The diary is supported over the six months of Tim's mission by lesson plans released each month. The teaching notes produced so far...

Planet Density

In this activity developed by the Institute of Physics, students use iron and sand to model the composition of the Earth and estimate what fraction of the Earth is occupied by its iron core. After completing this activity, students should be able to: *Measure mass and volume. *Calculate density from mass and volume...

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