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Key Stage 1
Habitats: Oceans

Make and paint salt dough star fish and discover the different depths of the ocean and where starfish might live. Map the five oceans and learn about the habitats and locations of each. Hands-On Education provide informed lesson plans and resources, we support parents and educators in guiding children through their learning journey. We promote child-led learning, inspiring confidence and independence as children develop their own ideas and understanding. Our activities are open-ended and easily adaptable to suit all.

Within this topic you will find:

  • 5 activity plans, all of which clearly explain how to prepare and carry out each activity.
  • 4 activity sheets to support your child in recording their investigations.
  • 3 videos, providing examples of Ocean Habitats, the Five Oceans Map and Mysteries of the Ocean Depths to inspire your child’s own creativity.

This topic meets aspects within the National Curriculum in England in the following subjects: Art, Geography and Science.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Geography = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
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Activity One - Ocean Habitats Collage

Activity 1
Ocean Habitats Collage

  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitat
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
Activity Two - Map The Five Oceans

Activity 2
Map The Five Oceans

  • Ge1/1.1a name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans
  • Ge1/1.4a use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
Activity Three -  Salt Dough Starfish

Activity 3
Salt Dough Starfish

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 1 cup Salt
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • Baking tray
  • Oven
  • Poster paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Activity Four - Ocean Depths

Activity 4
Ocean Depths

  • Ge1/1.1aname and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans
  • Sc1/1.4identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Geography = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
Activity One - Ocean Habitats Collage
Activity 1
Ocean Habitats Collage
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitat
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
Downloads:
Activity Two - Map The Five Oceans
Activity 2
Map The Five Oceans
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ge1/1.1a name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans
  • Ge1/1.4a use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
Downloads:
Activity Three - Salt Dough Starfish
Activity 3
Salt Dough Starfish
Practical Resources:
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 1 cup Salt
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • Baking tray
  • Oven
  • Poster paint
  • Paintbrushes
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Downloads:
Activity Four - Ocean Depths
Activity 4
Ocean Depths
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ge1/1.1aname and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans
  • Sc1/1.4identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
Downloads:

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