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KS3 - Antarctic Relationhips

In this activity, students use information about Antarctic organisms to build a food web, and then use this to work out how changes to other populations could affect the chinstrap penguin population.

KS4 - Penguin Counting

In this activity, students take part in a simulated version of the project by studying images taken by the cameras to learn about why we repeat measurements in science, and what calculating uncertainty can tell us about data quality.

KS4 - Penguin Populations

In this activity, students plot data that shows the change in population of two penguin species living on the same Antarctic island. They then use different sources of information, including a food web, to decide possible hypotheses for the changes in each species’ population and use this to write recommendations to policy makers on what they should be doing to protect the Antarctic.

KS5 - Conflict Case Study

In this activity, students explore a group of islands in the Southern Atlantic Ocean (South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands), which are a habitat to major populations of seabirds and marine mammals but are particularly sensitive to fishing, climate change and other human disturbances. They evaluate conflicting evidence to decide if policy makers should extend the Marine Protected Area (MPA) around the islands.

KS2 (UK) ages 7-11 - Rainfall Now and Then

In this lesson, students will follow Ricky, a researcher, to learn about how our planet’s climate has changed over time and explore the features that make plants and animals well-adapted to their environment.

KS3 (UK) ages 11-14 - Heavy Water

In this lesson, students will learn about isotopes, subatomic particles and the structure of the atom, linking it to concepts of weight and density.

KS5 (UK) ages 17-18 - Isotopes

In this lesson, students will take an in-depth dive into the techniques used by researchers to make new discoveries and learn about how isotopes can tell us about the history of our planet’s climate.

KS3 (UK) ages 11-15 - Crystal Size Investigation

Through a simple experimental investigation, the resource encourages students to explore how formation temperature affects crystal size. Students are then directed to use their findings to explain the difference in crystal size between intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks, review bonding (KS4), and undertake calculations about pressure as applied to volcanic eruptions (KS4).

KS4 (UK) ages 14-16 - Chemical Compounds in Magma

This resource uses volcanic activity as a context for engaging students with questions about bonding and structure. Students are asked a range of questions on each of the types of bonding introduced at GCSE (ionic, simple covalent, giant covalent, and metallic) and so this resource is perhaps best suited to a review lesson.

KS4 (UK) ages 14-16 - Pressure Calculations

Students will use equations and make calculations related to pressure and depth, pressure, force and area, and Boyle’s Law.