We Are Whale Song

How do whales communicate with each other?

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Lesson plan Audio


60 minutes

Have you ever listened to whale song and wondered what it means?

Designed for pupils aged 11–18, this learning resource uses Kyle Lovell’s poem The Sunken Cathedral (winner of a Poetry Society competition for young poets) as a base to explore the relationship between humans and marine life.

Discussion prompts on the five-page learning resource consider how whales live and interact in the oceans, and how human activity has a direct effect on their lives and their health. The PDF also contains writing prompts to help pupils create their own poem in response.

Curriculum links

English: Writing & Reading Composition
Science: Interactions & Interdependencies (KS3), Ecosystems (KS4)
Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5

Northern Ireland:
Language & Literacy: Writing & Reading
Science & Technology: Earth & Universe
Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5

Languages: Literacy & English – Writing & Reading
Levels: Third/Fourth Level, Senior Phase

Languages, Literacy & Communication: Literature
Science & Technology: Being Curious, The World Around Us
Progression Steps: PS4, PS5, A levels