Coastal Biodiversity

Explore the intricate web that interconnects living things in a coastal ecosystem

Years: 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 2

Subject: Science

Resource Overview

Whilst this resource is written with a focus on the coast the games and activities can be very easily adapted to any habitat you wish to study. Similarly, each element could be taught separately if time is at a premium. At it's best, it would be delivered at your local beach where the children could fully immerse themselves in a coastal world.

Resource Assets


Coastal Biodiversity Lesson Plan

Whilst designed to be taught at the coast, this lesson plan can be taught in any setting and can easily be adapted to different habitats


Pyramid of Life

A fun game which clearly demonstrates the precarious balance of food chains, adapted from the wonderful Joseph Cornell


What Am I?

A simple game perfect for a plenary. This is one example, but any number more can be created for a broad range of habitats.

Web of Life

A wonderful activity which makes explicit just how many links exist in a single eco-system

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
    • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.
    • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.