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Protect Our Basking Sharks
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Protect Our Basking Sharks

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Suitable for: Key Stage 2 Timing: This Learning Outline is designed to be split into several lessons depending on the age and ability of students as well as the length of lessons. Curriculum Links: English - Talking and Listening, Reading Computing Science About the activity An introduction to the biggest fish in our sea and the second biggest in the world, the Basking Shark. Students will use resources from our Cool Seas Explorer Centre Online classroom (Ocean Giants section) available at www.mcsuk.org/coolseas, to investigate why Basking Sharks are endangered. In groups they will then produce a short film using digital software (e.g. Windows Moviemaker, iMovie) to promote Basking Shark conservation. The best video should be shared with MCS at education@mcsuk.org with details of the class and school. If possible student films should also be shared on school social media pages to share the learning with a real audience. For other free teaching resources visit www.mcsuk.org/coolseas.
CSI: Litter Challenge – exciting new litter project for your school with the chance to win £250
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CSI: Litter Challenge – exciting new litter project for your school with the chance to win £250

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Open to students in Years 5-8 from schools in Bristol and London, Cool Seas Investigators: Litter Challenge is an exciting new problem-based learning project with the chance to enter a competition to win £250 towards a ‘green project’ at your school. Engaging your students in the local, national and global issue of litter will show them how they can have an impact on litter, and how they can influence others. The competition will help students reduce litter in your school, and better still, the winning school will have their campaign up-scaled and promoted by the Marine Conservation Society and the Plastics Industry, to help reduce litter across the UK! With links to English, Geography, Computing and Science (KS2 only) curricula as well as fitting within most schools' PSHE curriculum, there will also be opportunities to develop 21st century learning attributes. For more details about the project, download the attached information sheet.
Rockpool Explorers 2
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Rockpool Explorers 2

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Suitable for: Key Stage 2 Timing: This Learning Outline is designed to be split into several lessons depending on the age and ability of students as well as the length of lessons. Curriculum Links: English Computing Science Learning outside of the classroom About the activity An introduction to rockpooling. If possible an excursion to a local beach with rockpools should be arranged, if not a virtual rockpooling activity can be completed using Life in a Rockpool on BBC Learning Zone, or similar. Students used the downloadable Rockpool Life Spotter to identify key species as they go real-life or virtual rockpooling. Students then use images in the Beside the Sea gallery (available by selecting the rockpool exhibit in our Cool Seas Explorer Centre classroom at www.mcsuk.org/coolseas/explorerCentre) to create a fact-file on a chosen rockpool creature. Students should choose how they would like to present their work and should be encouraged to use digital technology where appropriate. For other free teaching resources visit www.mcsuk.org/coolseas.
Bincentives student-led anti-littering campaign for secondary schools
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Bincentives student-led anti-littering campaign for secondary schools

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Bincentives is a student-led campaign aiming to reduce littering behaviour in teens. The resource comprises teachers notes, a fully adaptable assembly presentation, posters and reward tokens. The campaign is designed to be led by a student group and is ideal for an eco-group, student council or class. The campaign begins with an assembly presentation to explore the impact of litter and introduce the campaign to students. The campaign focuses on a series of posters displaying anti-littering messages using emojis and rewards students who do the right thing and bin or recycle their rubbish. Schools decide on a series of rewards for students or classes who collect the most tokens, thus positive behaviour is reinforced. As well as raising awareness of the environmental plague that is litter, this campaign encourages students to take social action on a global issue and facilitates the development of leadership skills. For more education resources from the Marine Conservation Society visit www.mcsuk.org/coolseas and don't forget to follow us on facebook and twitter @mcsuk to keep up to date with our education projects.
Join our Great British Beach Clean this September!
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Join our Great British Beach Clean this September!

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The fight against plastic is at the forefront of conversation this year and most of us are reducing what we use. Now is your chance to really get involved and support your local community. Great British Beach Clean offers young people the chance to be a part of one of the largest citizen science projects in the UK, to take action, clean up our beaches and collect data vital to reducing litter at source. It’s our Great British Beach Clean 20th-23rd September! So check out your nearest event and sign up now. If you are unable to attend any of the listed events, we have all the resources to help you organise your own beach clean for your class, school or group. Joining a beach clean is easy and a great way for young people to discover the impacts of littering, explore our natural environment, help to conserve it and share experiences. More than just a beach clean, we survey litter too, offering young people a chance to acquire survey technique, practice maths skills and work in teams. This event is an exciting way to learn and make new friends at the beginning of the academic year. Beach litter is not just an issue of litter left on the beach though, many litter items reach the ocean through the rivers, streams and even drains which connect us all. So if you really can’t get to the beach this year, do a litter pick in your local park or near your school instead. You could even do the school grounds. Wherever we live, we can all do something to reduce the impact of litter. You might like to think about leading a campaign such as Bincentives if you want your area to be a litter free zone. Find out more and sign up for a clean here: www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/greatbritishbeachclean For more marine themed resources, visit www.mcsuk.org/coolseas