Blue Planet - Live Lesson

A marine wildlife mission with Blue Planet and Live Lessons

This Live Lesson, created in collaboration with Blue Planet Live, is designed to help you bring Earth's rich marine life into your classroom.

Guided by CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson and expert wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly, we explore what constitutes a healthy ecosystem and discuss the threats to our oceans such as plastics and overfishing.

The programme, originally streamed live to schools in March 2019, also features links to Steve Backshall in the Bahamas who explains how sharks can teach us about ecosystems and how human behaviour can threaten shark life.

Content is designed to support Key Stage 2/2nd Level science and geography curricula.

How to use this resource

Check out our lesson guide for teachers and print out the student activity sheets below.

Blue Planet Live

BBC One’s Blue Planet Live highlighted the health of the oceans with extraordinary marine encounters across the world.

Across four live shows, Blue Planet Live revisited animal characters from multi-awarding winning Blue Planet II, and met new creatures, celebrating our oceans' complexity with never-before-seen footage. The Blue Planet Live Lesson supported the educational points within Blue Planet Live.

Explore plastics and sustainability with BBC Teach

Discover the deep blue further with five special Blue Planet Live films exploring our oceans and its wildlife, to find out how marine life is coping in the face of increasing environmental pressure.

BBC Teach have a series of spectacular clips exploring human impact on the environment, sustainability, renewable energy, and plastics pollution. These clips are suitable for KS2 in England and Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

Further information about the packaging labels involved in Activity Sheet 2 is available at:

Supporting resources from Twinkl

This Live Lesson is supported by free teaching resources from Twinkl. Download today using the links below:

Visit the Twinkl Blog to see Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Leeds Trinity University, Dr Leigh Hoath's suggestions about how this Live Lesson can support your students’ learning.

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