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Blue Abyss

Grab your wetsuit! We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Head to your local aquarium and learn about life in the ocean. Can you pick a favourite fish, plant or animal? What do real divers get up to below the surface? Create a fishy story about exploring an amazing underwater world.

Time to go a little deeper into our seas. Make a mode deep-sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. Make sure you test it first!

What are those bright lights in the distance? It’s a group of bioluminescent sea creatures! Look closely and create a colourful, 3-D art expedition when you rise to the surface.

Flippers on? Snorkels ready? Let’s head into the blue abyss...

 

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

 

English

Poetry using personification; Dilemma stories; Biography; Persuasive letters; Ballads

Computing

Programming; Video editing; Multimedia presentations

D & T

Submarine design; Working models

Art & Design

Observational drawing; 3-D models; Clay sculpture; Anthony Gormley – Another place; Batik art; Printing; Seascapes

Geography

Seas and oceans of the world; The Great Barrier Reef; Environmental issues

History

19th century ocean exploration

Science

Living things and their habitats; Animals, including humans; Working scientifically

 

Topic Vocabulary

The table below shows the key vocabulary that we will be using throughout the topic. Children need to understand the meaning, be able to use them in their writing and spell them.

aquatic

oceanic zone

tropic

unique

species

creatures

reef

classification

sea

inhabit

depth

layer

ocean

bioluminescence

hemisphere

diver

variation

adaptation

climate

predator

aquarium

equator

feature

prey

food chain

environment

pressure

submarine

motor

pollution

tourism

satellite

abyss

erosion

observe

marine