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Week 10 Beginning 15th June

World Oceans Day: How well do you know our oceans? - CBBC Newsround

This week - Science (and a little bit of art!)

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for you to learn about life in and around the sea. Learning may focus on the strange and wonderful creatures and plants that occupy our oceans, their habitats and how human beings affect this environment.

Lesson 1: Working Together to Save Our Oceans -The BBC programme Blue Planet 2 (link to the side) sparked an outcry about the health of our oceans and the huge threat caused by plastics, but lots of people around the world are working hard to help solve this problem. Read about Madison Edwards, a 12 year old environmental activist. You can do your bit to help preserve our oceans by keeping a ‘plastic diary’ recording how much single-use plastic your family uses. Now, write down one thing that the family will do to use less plastic using the ‘plastic pledge’. Resources for this are at the bottom of this page.


Lesson 2: Speeding Through The Seas - Sailfish are the fastest fish in the ocean. Challenge yourself to be just as speedy and complete the following 5 activities as fast as possible: Star jumps, tuck jumps, press-ups, squats and lunges. Record how many repetitions of each activity you can perform in 1 minute. Can you beat your personal best? You could record your resting heart rate, then your heart rate after exercise for comparison. How quickly does your heart recover (get back to its original resting rate?) This lesson can be completed throughout the rest of the week!




Lesson 3: Pirates: Daring Figures of History or Brutal Sea-Thieves? - Many books have been written and movies made about pirates. But who were the real pirates of the past? Explore pirate facts using the link and find out about real pirates from history. You could create a fact file or information report about what you have learned, including key dates and figures. Alternatively, you could create a ‘wanted’ poster for a pirate, including facts about his/her deeds and adventures.


Lesson 4: Bioluminescence: Lighting up Our Oceans - Many sea creatures possess a fascinating light-producing ability called bioluminescence. Some fish dangle a lighted lure in front of their mouths to attract prey, while some squid shoot out bioluminescent liquid, instead of ink, to confuse their predators. Research about bioluminescence and how some sea creatures rely on this for their survival. Choose a sea creature which uses bioluminescence (like the anglerfish) and create a poster fact sheet about it, including what bioluminescence is and how your chosen sea creature uses it



(be warned, there a few ferocious fish in this clip!)


Lesson 5: Artwork to Light up Your Life - Following on from what you have learned about bioluminescence, we’d like you to create a bioluminescent sea creature inspired piece of artwork. Based on the resources you have available at home, you could choose to express this as a drawing or as a model. Use bright colours and to be as realistic as possible. Remember to share your learning on Twitter using #mvyear6