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60 minutes

This 60-minute lesson plan for pupils aged 11–18 explores evolutionary biology through whales – one of the specialist areas of study for Dr Ellen Coombs of the Natural History Museum in London, who presents the lesson.

Watch a 30-minute video in which Ellen explains the importance of whales to the biodiversity of our ecosystems. Then use the two-page lesson plan to invite your pupils to design an app that could help people to understand more about whales and their impact on ocean life.

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Curriculum links

Design & Technology: Design
Science: Working Scientifically, Genetics & Evolution, Earth & Atmosphere (KS3), Evolution, Inheritance & Variation, Ecosystems (KS4)
Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5

Northern Ireland: Science & Technology: Organisms & Health, Earth & Universe
Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5

Sciences: Planet Earth
Levels: Third/Fourth Level, Senior Phase

Science & Technology: Being Curious, The World Around Us, Design Thinking
Progression Steps: PS4, PS5, A levels