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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.
Computing KS3: Obstacles and sensors
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Computing KS3: Obstacles and sensors

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Computing KS3: Obstacles and sensors, in this lesson students will learn about the challenges autonomous vehicles will face whilst navigating the real world. They will learn about the ultrasonic sensor on board the mBot and how to use it to avoid obstacles. Finally, they will think about how driving speed can influence a vehicle’s ability to react to obstacles. This is a single lesson fromt he Computing KS3 unit. Computing KS3 is a computing and robotics education programme based on driverless car technologies. Students will develop their ability to code as well as their design thinking as they tackle smart city challenges. Through a series of nine lessons, students will learn about aspects of making, programming and design thinking as they build and program their own robot cars. They will work in teams to tackle coding challenges based on the actual problems that engineers are faced with in designing autonomous vehicles. In a final design challenge, students will need to work on not only the technical aspects of driverless cars, but also how they can improve lives and create smarter and safer communities. All lesson resources are found here: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/code-smart-11-14
Plastic recycling KS2 D&T
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Plastic recycling KS2 D&T

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. 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 3 Rs (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 Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
The Media: Representations and Stereotypes
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The Media: Representations and Stereotypes

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. 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.
Biomes & Ecosystems #GoogleExpeditions
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Biomes & Ecosystems #GoogleExpeditions

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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 & Ecosystems https://goo.gl/0eMtoz Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems: Tundra and Taiga https://goo.gl/L6cpjH Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems: Tropical Rainforest and Temperate Forests https://goo.gl/wGM97d Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Biomes & Ecosystems: Savannah and Desert https://goo.gl/sBrZzi
Science: Sustainable Fisheries
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Science: Sustainable Fisheries

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. 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.
Plastic in oceans: what is the great pacific garbage patch?
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Plastic in oceans: what is the great pacific garbage patch?

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Plastics in oceans is a growing problem. This Key stage 3 (KS3) lesson introduces students to the topic of marine plastics. First, they visit the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ and find out what is happening in the middle of the ocean. Then, students will develop their knowledge of ocean currents and how they can concentrate plastic waste. Last, students will investigate how rubbish reaches the middle of the ocean. This is a single lesson from Ocean Plastic Geography unit. Ocean Plastics Geography is a Key Stage 3 (KS3) resource. The lessons addresses the issue of marine plastic pollution, the harm caused by plastics to the environment and communities, how we deal with all the waste, ending with a debate on approaches to reducing ocean plastic pollution. Fieldwork templates for investigating plastics in the local area are included as well as a wealth of case studies exploring both the human and physical elements of plastic pollution. Get the whole unit’s resources here: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/ocean-plastics
Climate KS2 Geography
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Climate KS2 Geography

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. 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 Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
Ocean Plastics Geography KS3 Unit
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Ocean Plastics Geography KS3 Unit

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Ocean Plastics Geography is a Key Stage 3 (KS3) resource developed in partnership between the Geographical Association and Encounter Edu. The lessons address the issue of marine plastic pollution, the harm caused by plastics to the environment and communities, how we deal with all the waste, ending with a debate on approaches to reducing ocean plastic pollution. Fieldwork templates for investigating plastics in the local area are included as well as a wealth of case studies exploring both the human and physical elements of plastic pollution. https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/ocean-plastics If you liked this resource, please rate and review below. This will help to promote oceans education in schools worldwide.
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 Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
Explore the Coral Oceans: KS2 Science - Unit of Work
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Explore the Coral Oceans: KS2 Science - Unit of Work

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These resources for ages 7-11 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. These resources present a complete scheme of work for the science classroom, covering core science and sustainability curriculum areas as well as enhancing students’ creative and communications skills. Science curriculum topics include: - habitats and how they provide the basic needs of plants and animals - identification, classification and the use of keys - life cycles, anatomy and sexual reproduction - how animals obtain their food using the idea of food chains - how animals and plants are adapted to their environment - human impact on the environment This project-based learning resource incorporates stunning multimedia resources and is based on recent expeditions to enable students to explore marine life on the reef and the threats facing it.
GCSE Science - Writing scientific conclusions
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GCSE Science - Writing scientific conclusions

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This lesson supports students to develop the ‘writing scientific conclusions’ component of working scientifically for GCSE. It is based on current research being conducted by Exeter University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. In this lesson, students return to their experiments and observe the gut contents of the brine shrimp, applying model conclusions to what they can see. Students develop their ability to write scientific conclusions using the secondary data from the research team. The lesson ends with students considering the implications of microplastics being consumed by zooplankton on a wide scale. This full lesson includes: Lesson Overview & Teacher Guidance Slideshow 6 Do Zooplankton eat microplastics? (Conclusions) Student Sheet 5a Do zooplankton eat microplastics? (Practical) Student Sheet 6a Model conclusions Student Sheet 6b Do zooplankton eat microplastics? (conclusions) Activity Overview/Technician Notes 5 Do zooplankton eat microplastics Answer Sheet for Student Sheet 6b This is Lesson 6 of 7 in the Plankton, Plastics and Poo unit of work, which is based on current research being conducted at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The unit consists of enquiry-based lessons which support students to work scientifically by simulating the researchers’ investigations, and encourages students to the use their findings to have a wider impact. The resource uses innovative methods to bring cutting edge science to the classroom, including: - Using real field and laboratory data. - Practical investigations that replicate the work of the scientists. - Using social media to connect with the scientists. - The opportunity to connect with scientists through Skype in the classroom events. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
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 Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
Become an ocean explorer KS2 unit of work
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Become an ocean explorer KS2 unit of work

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. 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
Lung diseases #GoogleExpeditions Science KS3 KS4
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Lung diseases #GoogleExpeditions Science KS3 KS4

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This #GoogleExpeditions lesson develops students’ understanding of human anatomy. This lesson continues the study of the respiratory system with a focus on diseases that affect the lungs. Students combine fact cards, online research and the Google Expedition imagery to deepen their knowledge of lungs and health. 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 4 of a 4 lesson sequence. It can be used as a standalone lesson or in conjunction with others listed below. Lesson 1: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Lung Structure https://goo.gl/JY0DyB Lesson 2: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Gas exchange in the alveoli https://goo.gl/c5f0xR Lesson 3: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Ventilation https://goo.gl/6Rnenz Lesson 4: Google Expeditions: Respiratory System – Disease https://goo.gl/eDJXTf
Sustainable Fisheries: Ages 8-11/ KS2
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Sustainable Fisheries: Ages 8-11/ KS2

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at www.encounteredu.com or by visiting our TES Shop, filled with quality, free of charge resources. The Sustainable Fisheries resources have been developed in partnership with nef (new economics foundation) and their work on fishing and fisheries policy. A scheme of work for Science or Geography, with lesson plans and activities. It covers fish as a food source, marine food webs and changes to them, commercial fishing methods and an introduction to sustainability. The activities are focused on the seas around the UK and EU. Includes the lesson booklet and all accompanying slideshows, images and activities
Plastic in oceans: why is it a problem?
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Plastic in oceans: why is it a problem?

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Plastics in oceans is a growing problem. This Key stage 3 (KS3) lesson introduces students to the topic of why plastics are so popular. Students then learn what happens to litter when it enters the ocean. Finally, the lesson looks at how plastics affect turtles, and whether we have enough information to take drastic action on plastics, or whether we need to wait for more research to be conducted. This is a single lesson from Ocean Plastic Geoagraphy unit. Ocean Plastics Geography is a Key Stage 3 (KS3) resource. The lessons address the issue of marine plastic pollution, the harm caused by plastics to the environment and communities, how we deal with all the waste, ending with a debate on approaches to reducing ocean plastic pollution. Fieldwork templates for investigating plastics in the local area are included as well as a wealth of case studies exploring both the human and physical elements of plastic pollution. Get the whole unit resources here: https://encounteredu.com/teachers/units/ocean-plastics
How do humans and animals keep warm in the Arctic? KS2 Science
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How do humans and animals keep warm in the Arctic? KS2 Science

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In this lesson students investigate the insulating properties of materials and consider how the adaptations of Arctic organisms help develop these. The context of the lesson is helping to develop new clothing for Tyler Fish, one of the Catlin Arctic Survey explorers. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 4: How do humans and animals keep warm in the arctic? Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Activity Overview 4: Investigating insulating materials Student Sheet 4a: Investigating insulating materials Student Sheet 4b: Scientific poster template Student Sheet 4c: Scientific poster template (advanced) Student Sheet 4d: Blubber gloves It forms Lesson 4 of 5 from the Frozen Oceans 7-11 unit of work. Take your class to the North Pole with this cross-curricular investigation of the Arctic Ocean. The lessons progress to 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. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.
Frozen Oceans: KS3 Geography - Unit of Work
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Frozen Oceans: KS3 Geography - Unit of Work

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A full enquiry-based scheme of work for 11-14 year-olds following the journey of the expedition teams to the Arctic Ocean. It is full of lesson plans and activities covering extreme environments, expedition life, marine food webs, environmental changes and other issues facing this remote region. Designed to be used in conjunction with the Classroom Media Player.
How does plastic pollution affect sea animals? - KS3 Biology
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How does plastic pollution affect sea animals? - KS3 Biology

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In this biology Key Stage 3 (KS3) lesson, students will learn about plastics and bioaccumulation. This lesson is focused on how chemical pollutants cause harm to marine organisms. Included are teacher resources to model bioaccumulation and an orca case study. This is a single lesson in the Ocean Plastic Science Unit. Ocean Plastics Science is a Key Stage 3 (KS3) resource combining both biology and chemistry. Students are taken on the journey of plastic. Exploring how plastics are manufactured, used, and disposed into the ocean. Students will learn the science behind what makes plastics both brilliant for everyday purposes and devastating to our oceans and marine life. Included in this topic are teacher resources that promote students to conduct authentic research, emulating research conducted by The University of Plymouth. Students will test the properties of plastics, investigate compostable alternatives, and analyse case studies to discover how plastics can physically and chemically harm marine life. If you liked this resource, please rate and review below. This will help to promote oceans education in schools worldwide.
Our oceans and the economy KS2 Geography
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Our oceans and the economy KS2 Geography

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A numeracy-based geography full lesson looking at the marine economy. Useful full lesson resource that ticks off the need to teach marine topics in KS2 geography and develops numeracy skills at the same time. This full lesson contains: Slideshow 4: Using our sea with Emily Penn Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance Student Sheet 4a: Using our seas Student Sheet 4b: How much is the sea worth (in two different age groups) Student Sheet 4c: Using our seas poster Multimedia Pixels Marine economy (animated ppt showing aspects of UK marine economy) It forms Lesson 4 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 Encounter Edu’s TES profile.