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Browse teaching resources that explore the topics of our videos. All of these resources have been reviewed and approved by secondary science teachers.

Seabird monitoring - witnesses in the wild
Thursday 1st Oct 2020, 10.30am

Seabird monitoring - witnesses in the wild

Seabirds – including penguins – are amongst the most threatened animals on the planet. They are also very useful indicators of wider environmental change. But how do you effectively monitor species which live in hard-to-reach places, such as Antarctica? A team of scientists at...

These resources, inspired by the Penguin Watch and Seabird research projects include: making foodwebs (KS3), counting penguins and think about uncertainty in data (KS4), playing the role of a penguinologists studying penguin populations to write recommendations for policy (KS4), and evaluating conflicting evidence and making recommendations (KS5).
KS3 - Antarctic Relationhips
KS4 - Penguin Counting
KS4 - Penguin Populations
KS5 - Conflict Case Study
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday 7th Mar 2019, 09.00am

Our immune system - the battle within

If we could travel inside our body, shrinking down to a cellular level, we could see how amazing our immune system really is.

Researchers at the University of Oxford are investigating how the immune system works in order to create new treatments for diseases, such as cancer. In these lessons students can review and revise the immune system by looking at the connection between cell structure and function (KS3), creating a stop-motion animation (KS4), exploring how protein shape is important for function (KS4), and playing top trumps to learn about specific immune cell types (KS5).
KS3 - Cell Structure and Structural Adaptations
KS4 – An Animated Immune System
KS4 – Control of Immunity: Cascades of Shapes
KS5 - Immune Cell Top Trumps
In this lesson students will review cell organelle function, predict basic structural adaptations of cells based on their function and explain structural adaptations of cells in relation to organelle function.
This activity encourages students to review the action of the immune system with an emphasis on students considering the importance of shape in the activation and action of phagocytes and lymphocytes.
This top trumps activity is intended to be a fun and interactive way for students to engage with and review the content of immune cells and their function.