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Keystage 3 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, the Shark Trust and many more.


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.


BBC: Blue Planet

Dive, dive, dive! The world's oceans cover two thirds of Earth's surface. Take the plunge from beaches and coastal swamps to the deepest sea floor to meet the staggering variety of creatures that choose life in salt water.

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

National Oceanography Centre (Southampton)

Follow the links below to explore their resources, from online cruise diaries from research ships, to multimedia teaching materials and activities that help teachers bring science to life in the classroom.

Teachers TV:

A Surfer's Guide to Climate Change - On the Push

Anne is a surfer who undertakes a journey from England and across Europe to learn more about climate change and what surfers can do to help protect the marine environment.

A taste of the Sea

Year 9 pupils at Sandown High School take a trip on board the research Vessel Callista in which they learn about sea life and oceanography.

Lessons from the Tsunami

This programme follows the staff and pupils of Filton High School in Bristol as they revise their regular curriculum for a week and focus all lessons on issues related to the tragic events of the 2004 Asian tsunami.

The Turning Tide - The Rock Pool

Along the rugged coastline of Britain lies a unique habitat, that of the rock pool. Small, shallow, lagoon-like and filled with seaweed, rock pools are home to a group of resident sea creatures.

The Inspiring Seas Project: Livening up the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum with fascinating fishy tales and phenomenal physics and technology.The Inspiring Seas project is a partnership between the School of Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University and NYK Group Europe Ltd.

Module D - An exploration of life in our seas

Curriculum areas: Biology and Citizenship

From deep sea hydrothermal vents to extreme rocky shore environments, this module highlights the vast array of weird and wonderful marine life that populates our seas. Oceanic exploration slideshows take your pupils through a whistle stop tour of our blue planet, explaining, in each of the environments encountered, how scientists and other research groups go about sampling and monitoring them.

         Module D - An exploration of life in our seas

Module E - Protecting our marine future: what can we do?

Curriculum areas: Biology, Chemistry and Citizenship

Over a century of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and unsustainable exploitation of our seas have put their health in serious jeapardy. Explore the importance of the oceans in our everyday lives and address the topical issues plaguing marine scientists, from the impacts of plastics in our seas to the overfishing crisis.  

           Module E - Protecting our marine future: what can we do?

Module F – Desert Island Survival Guide

Curriculum areas: Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Picture the scenario; you are stranded on a desert island with nothing around you except a few basic supplies and the roaring sea crashing up against the rocks that you now call home. This cross-curricular module gives enquiry-based learning an imaginative slant. 

             Module F – Desert Island Survival Guide

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