We, the Reef

How do different elements of our natural world depend on each other to survive?

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Sustainability and our future Wellbeing and resilience


Lesson plan


60 minutes

Some lifeforms in our world depend on other lifeforms to survive and thrive. Suitable for pupils aged 7–16, this interdisciplinary learning resource uses creative writing, literature and science to consider symbiotic relationships in nature.

Start by reading a new poem by writer Caleb Parkin, comedy improviser Jane Hills and marine biologist Isla Keesje Davidson, which explores the relationship between coral reefs and algae. Then, using the seven-page PDF learning plan, encourage pupils to further explore the ideas, themes and techniques of the poem by making a mind map, conducting a mock interview and/or creating their own poem.

Lesson plan

Curriculum links

Science: Animals Including Humans (Y4), Living Things & Their Habitats (Y4–6), Material Cycles & Energy, Interactions & Interdependencies (KS3), Ecosystems, Photosynthesis (KS4)
English: Writing & Reading Composition
Key Stages: KS2, KS3, KS4

Northern Ireland:
Language & Literacy: Writing & Reading
The World Around Us: Interdependence, Place
Key Stages: KS2, KS3, KS4

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

Languages, Literacy & Communication: Literature
Science & Technology: Being Curious, The World Around Us
Progression Steps: PS3, PS4, PS5