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Keystage 1 & 2 Science Resources

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How cool would it be to have sea life lessons in school? Here are resources which have been produced by organisations such as the Marine Conservation Society and the Shark Trust.


Aquascope will inspire teachers, students, laymen and alike to new experiences and discoveries in and by the sea. Aquascope is aimed mainly at pupils with normal reading ability from primary and secondary schools. Aquascope deals mainly with Swedish coastal areas, but we naturally take a look at neighbouring aquatic areas. For at least the coming three years we will be working with, and expanding Aquascope.



Seaside safety: SCENE 1 - getting lost on the beach. A mother and two sons arrive at the seaside and walk onto the beach, to look for somewhere to sit. The older boy spots an ice cream van. What should he do?

MarLin: The marine environment provides excellent opportunities for building stimulating lessons, whether teaching in the classroom or out-of-classroom experiences. With a little imagination, almost all areas of the National Curriculum can be covered. The resources available here are aimed at Key Stage 2 but can easily be adapted for use in KS1 and KS3.

All MarLIN teaching resources are free to download and use.

MCS Cool Seas: have produced two sets of curriculum-linked lesson plans for Key Stages 1 and 2 in England and Wales, and one set for First and Second Stages in Scotland. Topic cover include Climate change, pollution, fishing, marine reserves, biodiversity and more.

Would you like the coolseas road show to visit your school? Click here for details Coolseas road show.

National Marine Aquarium: Downloadable material on the NMA Distance Learning Project has been designed specifically to support science teaching. Consistent with the educational remit of the Aquarium, the material sets out to inform about issues in the marine environment. However, at the same time, we have ensured that material is consistent with the National Curriculum, and that it can be used in teaching core elements of the science syllabus.

» Teachers Overview
» Module 1 – Biodiversity & Adaptation
» Module 2 – Ecosystems & Food Webs
» Module 3 – Exploitation & Conservation

» Teachers Overview
» Module 1 – Biodiversity & Adaptation
» Module 2 – Ecosystems & Food Webs
» Module 3 – Exploitation & Conservation

Sealife Aquariums

Pit your wits in the fun and games section. Select from one if the games below.

Plan a school trip to a Sealife centre.

Sea on Screen

Explore the marine life in the North sea. The Royal NIOZ, Wageningen IMARES, North Sea Foundation and Ecomare, in collaboration with NAM, initiated a foundation with the aim of bringing underwater nature closer to public and politicians, and to improve the awareness of the need for protection of this invisible nature'.

Sea Watch Foundation: is a national charity working to conserve and protect whales, dolphins and porpoises around the UK. They have produced a pack for Teachers working with pupils in Key stages 1 and 2 about dolphins and Whales.

Shark Trust:  Ever wondered about the size of your favourite shark, skate or ray? The Shark Trust uses its Sharkometer to show just how long, or short, different sharks are - you might be surprised! 

Can't get to the beach? Then make your own! This resource is aimed primarily at schools or environmental centres, but if you really like sand, then there is no reason not to make one! Remember to take care when collecting things from the strandline as not everything is safe to pick up, always use a stick or your boots to dig around.
                         Kids' Activity Zone

Whale and Dolphin Trust: Their resources can be downloaded for free and can be printed off on your own printer. While they have tried to keep them simple so they won't take hours to download, those resources which contain pictures may take a few minutes.

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