Coral Oceans Lesson 1 - Coral Explorer

An introduction to the world of coral and a chance for students to learn some of the skills needed to become a coral explorer.

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Subject: Cross Curricular

Resource Overview

This science-based unit uses the stunning imagery and 360 media from the XL Catlin Seaview Survey.

The unit can be used as a standalone primer for students, using a new and exciting context of corals, clown fish and sharks, or as a comparative study to the local environment.

Students work through a series of connected lessons to develop their understanding of:

- habitats and how they provide the basic needs of plants and animals 
- identification, classification and the use of keys 
- life cycles, anatomy and sexual reproduction 
- how animals obtain their food using the idea of food chains 
- how animals and plants are adapted to their environment 
- human impact on the environment

Thank you to EncounterEdu for allowing us to share this resource.

Resource Assets


Coral Oceans - PowerPoint

After watching the Setting Sail video and reflecting on what it might be like to explore the coral reef students take an ocean quiz to see how much they know about the world’s ocean and build an understanding of its importance.


Video Reflection - Student Sheet 1a

Students reflect on the video and make notes in the four boxes.


Dive Signs - Student Sheet 1b

Students learn the common dive signs used by scientists to communicate underwater and combine these into a memorable dance (and song).


Dive Log - Student Sheet 1c

Students reflect on their experiences of exploring the Great Barrier Reef by completing their dive logs and their first step to becoming a coral explorer.


Coral Explorer - Teacher Guide

A detailed overview of the lesson including timings and learning outcomes.