Adaptation in Artic  KS2 Science

In this KS2 science lesson, students travel to the Southern Ocean and the waters around Antarctica to study penguins. Students will learn about the adaptations that allow penguins to survive. This lesson can be used as an introductory lesson to the topic of evolution for upper Key Stage 2 students, which is the focus of Mission 11

This full lesson contains:

Slideshow 9 The Southern Ocean and penguin adaptation with Dr Lucy Quinn
Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance
Student Sheet 10 Penguin adaptations (students are directed to use an online interactive Thinglink to complete their research)
Subject Update Evolution (background knowledge for teachers)

It forms Lesson 10 of 12 from the Our Ocean Planet resource, which is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers to teach all aspects of the ocean. It can be used as a full topic with over 20 hours of classroom activities or using a pick and mix approach. All lessons and resources are available from Digital Explorer’s TES profile.


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  • Lesson-Overview-Teacher-Guidance---The-Southern-Ocean-and-penguin-adaptation-with-Dr-Lucy-Quinn---OOP-Mission-10.pdf
  • SS10a-Penguin-adaptations---OOP-Mission-10.pdf
  • Subject-Update-5-Evolution.pdf

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Created: Feb 8, 2016

Updated: Aug 13, 2019


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