Submarine Lesson 1 - What lives in the deep sea?

This lesson explores the importance of the ocean and introduces students to some of the strange creatures which inhabit the deep sea.

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 7

Subject: Science

Resource Overview

Submarine STEM 7-11 delivers a comprehensive scheme of work covering Materials, Forces and Living things and develops students’ ability to work scientifically. The unit is based on the exploratory submersible journeys undertaken as part of the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey off Bermuda, the Sargasso Sea (between Bermuda and Canada) and off Canada’s east coast. Using exclusive galleries, videos and online 360 VR technology students are fully immersed in the deep ocean. Students will understand the scale and depth of the ocean, explore and investigate the creatures which inhabit this inhospitable environment and consider how forces and materials are integral to submersible design. Throughout the unit students plan, carry out and evaluate scientific investigations, culminating in an exciting DT challenge.

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Resource Assets


What lives in the deep sea? PowerPoint Presentation

Join the Nekton Mission and set the scene for an immersive learning experience submerged deep in the ocean.


Deep Sea Funnies - Student Sheet

Just what is a sea pig or a yeti crab? This fascinating resource will tell you and so much more!


How big and deep is the ocean? Teacher Guidance

A step by step guide to delivering the lesson including learning outcomes .


What I would like to know - Student sheet

A colourful resource inviting students to explore their deepest questions about our oceans.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
    • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
      • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
        • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
          • Ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
          • Identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
          • Make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.