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Encounter Edu (formerly Digital Explorer) is where learning meets the world with a host of free STEM and global learning resources across the curriculum.
Plastic recycling KS2 D&T
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Plastic recycling KS2 D&T

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Plastic pollution is one of the major issues affecting the ocean. Students will begin by learning about the impact of litter on marine life. They will then explore the 3Rs (reduce, recycle, reuse) and how they can be applied to the issue of marine plastic pollution. Students will then be guided to reuse common plastic waste to make a new useful object such as a bird-feeder or snack box. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 9 The Pacific Ocean and plastic pollution with Jo Royle Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Activity Overview Reusing plastic bottles Student Sheet 9a Reusing plastic bottles preparation Student Sheet 9b Reusing plastic bottles guidance Student Sheet 9c Reusing plastic bottles review It forms Lesson 9 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.
World oceans KS2 Geography
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World oceans KS2 Geography

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This is an introductory lesson to the world’s oceans. Students will use map skills to name and locate the world’s oceans and learn about major marine landmarks, from the deepest point to the biggest tide and many places in between. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 5 Our ocean voyage with Prof Alex Rogers Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Student Sheet 5a World oceans map Student Sheet 5b Marine wonders card sort Student Sheet 5c Voyage map template Subject Update How many oceans are there? It forms Lesson 5 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.
Classification KS2 Science
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Classification KS2 Science

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This classification lesson is based around an expedition to the coral reef. Students learn about classification through practical sorting activities and then apply their knowledge to the amazing animals on the coral reef and some of the oddities that are found there. What is a coral? Is a dolphin more closely related to a shark or a cow? More able students can also develop their own classification key. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 8 The Indian Ocean and classification with Anjani Ganase Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Activity Overview Sorting objects practical Student Sheet 8a Classifying coral life Student Sheet 8b Making a key Student Sheet 8c Classification card sort Student Sheet 8d Coral life fact sheet Subject Update Classification (background information for the teacher) It forms Lesson 8 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.
Discover the Frozen Oceans and Become a Explorer
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Discover the Frozen Oceans and Become a Explorer

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The Frozen Oceans (Primary) education programme is based on journeys undertaken by explorers and scientists. The programme is suitable for ages 8-11/KS2. Take your class to the North Pole with this cross-curricular investigation of the Arctic Ocean. The lessons cover varied topics and skills needed for a science research expedition in the polar regions. Themes include Arctic food webs, training like an explorer, expedition food, insulation and clothing, the impacts of melting ice and conducting a press conference. The lessons can also be combined into a Polar Challenge Day.
Climate KS2 Geography
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Climate KS2 Geography

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Students will learn about the link between latitude and climate, applying key terms such as equator and climate zones. They will also look at the influence of the ocean on climate and why the UK is warmer than it ‘should be’. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 7 The Atlantic Ocean and climate with Dr Penny Holliday Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Student Sheet 7a World city cards Student Sheet 7b World climate zones Student Sheet 7c Explaining the UK climate Student Sheet 7d The ocean and climate Subject Update Ocean circulation and climate (background for teachers explaining impact of the ocean on climate) It forms Lesson 7 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.
The Media: Representations and Stereotypes
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The Media: Representations and Stereotypes

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The Media is aimed at years 9-11, it examines how the media influences stereotyping and portrayal of ‘extremist’ countries. The lessons cover an introduction to the media, layout, fact and opinion as well as different writing techniques. These resources are based on the first-hand experiences of young people who participated in two expeditions in 2010, Journey to the UK and Journey to Pakistan. The young teams worked with artists, politicians, social entrepreneurs and other young people to build up a portrait of these countries beyond media stereotypes, through blogs, films and photos.
Become an ocean explorer KS2 unit of work
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Become an ocean explorer KS2 unit of work

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Our Ocean Planet is a full unit of work covering all aspects of the ocean across Key Stage 2. Each lesson is written with an ocean expert - scientist, advocate or explorer (great for STEM careers). Together they form a learning voyage around the world, discovering more about out ocean planet through core aspects of the science and geography programmes of study as well as developing numeracy and literacy skills. The unit works in two parts. First, students will explore the UK seas learning about the names and locations of marine places, marine habitats and the diversity of marine life, as well as the contribution of the sea to the UK economy. Students then go on a global ocean voyage to each of the main oceans, learning about diverse marine topics from the water cycle in the Arctic to evolution in the Southern Ocean and classification on coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. A full list of topics is below and the downloads include the unit booklet with lesson plans, student sheets, practical guidance and subject updates. Slideshows for each lesson are separate downloads. Mission 1: UK seas with Paul Rose Mission 2: UK marine habitats with Dr Helen Findlay Mission 3: UK marine life with Dr Ceri Lewis Mission 4: Using our seas with Emily Penn Mission 5: Our ocean voyage with Prof Alex Rogers Mission 6: The Arctic Ocean and water cycle with Dr Mark Brandon Mission 7: The Atlantic Ocean and climate with Dr Penny Holliday Mission 8: The Indian Ocean and classification with Anjani Ganase Mission 9: The Pacific Ocean and plastic pollution with Jo Royle Mission 10: The Southern Ocean and penguin adaptation with Dr Lucy Quinn Mission 11: The Southern Ocean and penguin evolution with Dr Lucy Quinn Mission 12: Captain's log
Adaptation and penguins KS2 Science
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Adaptation and penguins KS2 Science

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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.
UK ocean animals KS2 Science
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UK ocean animals KS2 Science

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Learn all about the amazing diversity of life in the seas around the UK. This is a fun and interactive lesson that sees students match different examples of marine life with the different marine habitats. Students are directed to use an online Thinglink activity for group investigation during this lesson. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 3 UK marine life with Dr Ceri Lewis Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Student Sheet 3a What lives where Student Sheet 3b Marine life profiles Student Sheet 2c Marine habitats life poster (to be completed from Lesson 2 of this unit) Subject Update Evolution (some helpful subject knowledge on adaptation to provide challenge) It forms Lesson 3 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.
Introducing the International Space Station #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Introducing the International Space Station #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson takes students into space to explore the concepts of gravity, orbit and the forces acting on the International Space Station. Journey off the planet with this Google Expedition to explore forces and motion in a new and exciting way. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. This Google Expeditions Lesson is number 1 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below. Links direct to Google Docs versions of the lessons. Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: Introducing the International Space Station https://goo.gl/Wy5A2F Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Life in Microgravity https://goo.gl/3cqhwv Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Microgravity and Experiments https://goo.gl/iU4V3z Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Build your own Space Station https://goo.gl/mCo36M
Biomes - introduction #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Biomes - introduction #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops student skills understanding of biomes and ecosystems. This introductory lesson introduces students to the main biomes around the planet, their features and locations. Further in-depth lessons on the different biomes are listed below. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/. This is Google Expeditions Lesson is number 1 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below (links go to Google Docs versions of the lessons). Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: Biomes – Introduction https://goo.gl/0eMtoz Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Biomes – Tundra and Taiga https://goo.gl/L6cpjH Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Biomes – Tropical Rainforest and Temperate Forests https://goo.gl/wGM97d Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Biomes – Savannah and Desert https://goo.gl/sBrZzi Cover image credit: Wikipedia – Jeffrey Pang
UK ocean habitats KS2 Science
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UK ocean habitats KS2 Science

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This lesson introduces students to the diversity of habitats in the seas around the UK and looks at the different conditions experienced across a variety of habitats from the deep sea to rock pools. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 2 UK marine habitats with Dr Helen Findlay Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Student Sheet 2a Marine habitats diagram Student Sheet 2b Marine habitats and conditions cards Student Sheet 2c Marine habitats life poster Activty Overview Dictogloss of marine habitats Subject Update Marine habitats (background information for the teacher) It forms Lesson 2 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.
Science: Sustainable Fisheries
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Science: Sustainable Fisheries

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This body of work is best suited for ages 11-4 and 14-16 years/ KS3/4. This is an enquiry-based scheme of work investigating the seas around the UK and EU. The lesson plans and activities cover why fish stocks are decreasing, the issues and impacts associated with overfishing, and marine ecosystems and sustainability. The activities examine different stakeholder views and use current data from the UN FAO, MMO and the new economics foundation. More resources available at: www.digitalexplorer.com
Frozen Oceans: Primary
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Frozen Oceans: Primary

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The Frozen Oceans (Primary) education programme is based on journeys undertaken by explorers and scientists taking part in the Catlin Arctic Surveys between 2009 and 2011. The activity ideas and accompanying resources are designed to introduce pupils to what life is like in the High Arctic and the importance of learning about this extreme environment. The activities are designed for use across the curriculum and can be combined to create a 'Polar Day' at your school.
Creating a Tourist Brochure #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Creating a Tourist Brochure #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson challenges students to write a tourist brochure for the Angel Falls. Students will go on a virtual field trip to the Angel Falls in Venezuela and learn about tourism in the area, before developing their skills in writing geographical descriptions to create a tourist brochure. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/ To download Google Docs versions of the lesson plan and student sheet go to: https://goo.gl/oyU14G Cover image credit: Wikipedia - Luis Carillo, Venezuela
Be A Part of World Ocean Day
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Be A Part of World Ocean Day

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Introduce your students to the oceans! A 60-min lesson with practical activities suitable for 11-14 year olds, replicating the work of scientists on the Catlin Arctic Survey 2010-11. The scientists camped on the frozen sea ice for two months to examine what changes are occurring to phytoplankton and zooplankton in the oceans’ current state, as well as if they were to become more acidic. Includes three simple practical activities: what’s happening the impact it may have on specific marine organisms the impact on the larger food web.
Poetry analysis #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Poetry analysis #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops student skills in analysing poetry. Students study the poem The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, and compare the poet's use of language with 360 degree imagery of Ellis Island. Evocative use of language conjures the experience of new immigrants arriving in America. How is Ellis Island presented as a beacon of hope? Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/ To download Google Docs versions of the lesson plan and student sheet go to: https://goo.gl/mFTmqD Cover image credit: Wikipedia – Earnest B
Evolution and penguins KS2 Science
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Evolution and penguins KS2 Science

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Students explore how penguins might have evolved to suit past environmental changes. The core of this lesson is the Penguin Evolution Game, which simulates the six stages of adaptation that lead to evolution. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 11 The Southern Ocean and penguin evolution with Dr Lucy Quinn Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Activity Overview Penguin evolution script (student-friendly script to describe the six stages of adaptation that lead to evolution) Activity Overview Penguin evolution game (instructions for running this classroom simulation) Student Sheet 11a Penguin evolution game cards Student Sheet 11b Penguin evolution card sort Student Sheet 11c Storyboard cloze task Student Sheet 11d Storyboard template (to provide more challenge) Subject Update Evolution (background subject knowledge for teachers) It forms Lesson 11 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.
Coral Oceans: KS3 Science
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Coral Oceans: KS3 Science

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These resources for ages 11-14 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. Starting with the Great Barrier Reef in 2012, these expeditions seek to create a baseline survey of the world’s reefs as well as more in-depth research on the deep reef lying between 30m and 100m. The lesson plans and accompanying activities are designed to introduce classes to what it is like to be an ocean explorer. Each lesson is designed around a ‘dive’ to investigate a particular science topic. These include identification, classification, food webs and symbiosis, adaptation and human impacts on the environment. The enquiry-based resources incorporate the scientists’ experiences and research, and enable students to explore marine life on the reef and the threats facing it.
Keeping a waste diary #GoogleExpeditions Lesson
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Keeping a waste diary #GoogleExpeditions Lesson

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops students' understanding of recycling and where waste goes. Students develop their knowledge of recycling through a Google Expedition to the New York Department of Sanitation. They apply their learning in the form of a waste diary and develop values needed to reduce and recycle more of their waste. Google Expeditions are immersive 360 degree photo stories designed for use in the classroom. For more see: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/ To download Google Docs versions of the lesson plan and student sheet go to: https://goo.gl/UzlX1w Cover image credit: Wikipedia – BriYYZ