Key Stage 1 Oceans and Seas

Through a series of lively and interesting activities the children will build their knowledge of oceans and seas around the world. They will begin to understand the different environments these represent and how they affect life on land as well as at sea. They will develop their geographical skills and build up their knowledge of food chains, exploration, and evolution.

Block A
5 sessions
Oceans and Seas of the World

Learn about the seas that surround the UK and the oceans and continents of the world. Investigate how waves are caused and how they move. Inspired by J. M. W. Turner, create textured watercolour sea-storm collages.

English, Maths, Science, Art & Design, Geography, History, Music
Block B
4 sessions
Atlantic Underwater World

Find out about how life is adapted to living in the Atlantic. Understand waterproofing, study how pattern is used for camouflage and understand about food chains. Create a sculpture of ocean creatures and plants.

Science, Art & Design, Geography, Maths
Block C
4 sessions
Pacific Underwater World

Discover the Pacific Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef. Make diagrams of food chains, role-play an underwater expedition, make films about sea creatures. Use different techniques for a Great Barrier Reef display.

English, Science, Art & Design, Geography
Block D
4 sessions
Sea Mythology

Inspired by mythological sea creatures, listen to sounds of the sea to write a poem. Use the voyage of Odysseus to create a sequence of sounds about his journey. Storyboard and perform movements inspired by Odysseus.

English, Computing, Geography, Music, PE
Block E
4 sessions
Fantasy Islands

Write a fantasy island poem inspired by a message in a bottle from a shipwrecked sailor. Develop map reading skills and knowledge of compass points. Talk like a pirate; design treasure maps; create treasure island models.

English, Maths, Art & Design, DT, Geography, PSHE
Block F
9 sessions
Boats and Ships

Research boat and ship progress, changes in power sources and voyage lengths, regattas and the life of seafarers. Write journal entries, use code, write ship telegrams, construct boats. Carry out floatation experiments.

English, Maths, Science, Art & Design, DT, History
Block G
5 sessions
The Galapagos Islands and Charles Darwin

Enter the world of naturalist Darwin. Research the Galapagos Islands to create a fact-file. Learn about adaptations. Collect plant samples, make sketches and notes. Make a documentary about Darwin.

English, Science, Art & Design, Computing, DT, Geography, History
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