A celebration of our connection to the ocean

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Resources 2020

Ocean resources have been organised by age, time and learning theme. Choose the relevant options for your classroom and the resources will appear automatically.

You can find the two resources to start your day here, the World Ocean Day for Schools Film and accompanying presentation.

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The Oceans and Plastics Pollution

This extensive resource enables pupils to explore the role of the oceans in our lives and consider what steps we can take to safeguard our precious waters for generations to come.

Ages Duration
7-11 1 hour
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The youth guide to the ocean

A guide that illustrates many of the wonders of the ocean, what the ocean does for us, what we are doing to the ocean and what is being done to protect it.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 1 hour
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National Refill Day 19th June

Say goodbye to single-use plastic on National Refill Day

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes
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Water Water Everywhere

A crash course on how different animals deal with different amounts of water where they live.

Ages Duration
11-14 10 minutes
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Oceans for beginners

Through videos, activities and lessons; take a dive into this starter pack for teaching about the wonders of the Ocean.

Ages Duration
5-7 1 hour
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Stories by the authors

A list of the best books that will inspire kids to protect our ocean.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11, 11-14 30 minutes, 1 hour
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Plastic pollution, our toilets, and us

In this TEDx talk, environmental campaigner Natalie Fee explains how we can protect the ocean by being careful about what we flush down the loo.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 20 minutes
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Why Is The Sea Salty?

A fun lesson plan to demonstrate why the ocean is salty.

Ages Duration
5-7 30 minutes
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Wild Swim Map UK

Explore the world's best swimming rivers, lakes, waterfalls and beaches using this community map.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11, 11-14 Half a day, A full day
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The big school swim

A great opportunity for your pupils to celebrate the fun and importance of learning how to swim and about water safety.

Ages Duration
7-11 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day
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All About Dolphins Fact Pack

Learn more about our finned friends with this free-to-download booklet full of facts and activities.

Ages Duration
7-11 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes
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Ocean Plastics Academy

Common Seas has created this education programme to help every child to understand the issue of marine plastic pollution and how they can be part of a plastic waste free future.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11, 11-14 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day
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Famous sea explorers

A resource that explores the famous ocean explorers who have blazed the trail in going to new places.

Ages Duration
7-11 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours
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Why we should care about the ocean

This fact sheet explores why the ocean provides countless benefits to our planet and all the creatures that live here.

Ages Duration
7-11 30 minutes
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16 reasons to love the ocean

This article shares ocean facts and explores the reasons we are all drawn to the sea.

Ages Duration
7-11 20 minutes
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What would happen if you didn’t drink water?

In this video, Mia Nacamulli details the health benefits of hydration and the role water plays in our bodies.

Ages Duration
7-11 10 minutes
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Water Is One

How a public art initiative in Queretaro, Mexico is generating awareness surrounding water environmental issues.

Ages Duration
11-14 10 minutes
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Top Six Classical Sea Pieces

Classical music inspired by the ocean and stories behind the songs.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes
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14 poems about the deep blue

Ocean themed poems that you can use in your classroom.

Ages Duration
11-14 10 minutes
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The story of one drop of water

Watch H2O in action in this animated video. Students will learn about the water cycle, from the skies to the earth and back.

Ages Duration
5-7 10 minutes
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The Water Cycle

Explore the incredible journey of water with your class through this interactive water cycle activity

Ages Duration
5-7 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes
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UK marine life

This lesson uses a virtual ocean for students to explore the diversity and features of marine life in the UK.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 1 hour
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UK marine habitats

In this lesson, students will learn about the five major marine habitats around the UK and the different conditions in each one.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours
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Children’s Books about Ocean Creatures

A collection of 40 books about ocean animals that includes both fiction and nonfiction selections!

Ages Duration
7-11 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day, A full day
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How our breath connects us to the ocean

Take a few minutes to breathe our connection to the ocean with world champion free diver Hanli Prinsloo.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11, 11-14 10 minutes
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Ocean literacy resources

Use the ocean as a hook to teach National Curriculum subjects. We are all inextricably linked to the ocean.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day
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Create a Marine Protected Area

A resource that explores Marine Protected Areas and explains why they are so important.

Ages Duration
7-11 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day
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Sign-up for a local beach clean

Surfers Against Sewage step by step guide makes it as easy as ABC!

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11, 11-14 Half a day, A full day
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Host a zero plastic lunch day

Celebrate World Ocean Day by hosting a lunch with no single-use plastic component!

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes
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Eco Friendly Kids

A guide that outlines a few easy ways to save water every day.

Ages Duration
5-7 20 minutes
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Plastic Free Schools

Surfers Against Sewage have a pupil led education programme, designed to create real positive environmental change in UK schools and beyond.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours
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Coral Live

Bring learning and science to life, and connect your students to the frontiers of learning from the Arctic to the coral reef, interacting directly with explorers and scientists.

Ages Duration
11-14 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours
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Young Ocean Explorers

Young Ocean Explorers. This resource explores the fascinating creatures of the South Pacific and tools on how to care for our blue planet.

Ages Duration
7-11
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Ocean Animals

Ocean animal profiles and ocean-themed activities to broaden knowledge about the amazing creatures living in the ocean.

Ages Duration
7-11 1 hour, 2 hours
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Marine Litter

This lesson plan will help students dive deeper into the issue of marine plastic pollution and explore possible solutions.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 1 hour
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Protect Life Below Water

A comprehensive resource to develop knowledge on threats to the ocean and how to use the ocean sustainably.

Ages Duration
11-14 1 hour
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Water pollution

Reading and writing lesson plan on the cause and effect of water pollution through hands-on activities.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 1 hour
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Water Use It Wisely

A toolkit full of tips, guides, ideas and products that will get your class using water efficiently.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes
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Bioneers: Revolution from the heart of nature

Fall in love with water: A million blue mind marbles.

Ages Duration
11-14 30 minutes
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HEC Global Learning Centre

Global learning curriculum ideas, activities and lesson plans all on the theme of water.

Ages Duration
11-14 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours
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Single use plastics

6 ways to teach kids about single use plastics.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11 30 minutes, 1 hour
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Green Schools Ireland

A variety of fun water themed lesson ideas and creative activities.

Ages Duration
5-7 30 minutes, 1 hour
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How humans are turning the world into plastic.

A video setting-out the facts about plastic pollution and exploring what we can do to beat it.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11, 11-14 10 minutes
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Discover Water website

Project WET teaching materials to teach every child to understand and value water.

Ages Duration
5-7 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour
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How much water do we really use?

A video demonstrating the “hidden water” cost of every day usage.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes
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American Museum Of Natural History

A short guide on why water is essential for life on earth and how to use water wisely.

Ages Duration
7-11 20 minutes
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Plastic quiz

Plastic or not? A fun quiz to help kids identify what items contain plastic.

Ages Duration
5-7 30 minutes
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Every Second Breath Project

A short-film series that gives voice to ordinary people whose lives have been transformed by the ocean.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 20 minutes
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Project WET

Action-oriented education which enables every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future.

Ages Duration
7-11 30 minutes, 1 hour
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TED

This short TED talk by David Gallo shows footage of amazing sea creatures and celebrates the pioneering work of ocean explorers.

Ages Duration
5-7
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Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

Lesson plans on marine debris, climate change, North Atlantic right whales, and ocean conservation.

Ages Duration
All 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day, A full day
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The ugly journey of our trash

This video shows the many different ways that rubbish can reach the ocean.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes
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How does plastic reach the ocean from inland areas?

A video that demonstrates how plastic reaches the ocean from inland areas.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes
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Incredible Oceans

A resource that sign posts content created by marine educators that tells critical ocean-saving stories using art and science.

Ages Duration
11-14 10 minutes
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TeAchnology

Signpost to a wide variety of ocean related lesson plans and activities.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day
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Plastic pollution

A resource to inform your class about the harmful effects of plastic waste on our oceans and what we can do to help!

Ages Duration
5-7 30 minutes, 1 hour
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Desert Island Reading

Dozens of watery books, from mysteries and adventures about dolphins, river voles, mermaids and young explorers to surf and sea romances.

Ages Duration
All 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day, A full day
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Canadian Network for Ocean Education

An insightful ocean education resource from Canada ranging from the Arctic to Atlantic to Pacific coasts.

Ages Duration
11-14 All
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Decomposition rates

A fact sheet showing the decomposition rates of marine debris.

Ages Duration
All 10 minutes
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The Pacific Ocean and plastic pollution

Plastic pollution and understanding the importance of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours
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Going Coastal

Join #100daysofblue this Summer and get near, in, on, or under water to gain all the health benefits that #VitaminBlue brings.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day
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Make a sea change in the bathroom.

A fact sheet with 8 easy steps on how to prevent bathroom products ending up in the sea.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes
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Ocean School

Groundbreaking educational experience that uses powerful storytelling techniques, immersive technologies and interactive media.

Ages Duration
7-11 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day
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Nekton Mission

Using new technologies in the field and in the classroom to provide an introduction to scientific learning and to the blue planet itself.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours
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World Oceans Day

Ocean of resources fit for all ages. Fun and interactive.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11, 11-14 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day, A full day
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Water facts

20 cool water facts including study group tasks and classroom activities!

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11 30 minutes, 1 hour
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Water conservation

Water conservation resource including 25 ways your class can become water heroes.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11 30 minutes, 1 hour
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National Ocean Service

Ocean, coastal, and climate literacy platform for students and educators.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day
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A plastic ocean educational supplement.

A supplement for educating your class about plastic pollution problems and solutions.

Ages Duration
7-11 A full day
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Marine Collaboration

A selection of publications, reports and useful links that explore how we can better adopt a values based approach to marine conservation.

Ages Duration
11-14 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour
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Escola Azul

An online educational programme improving the level of Ocean Literacy in Portugal.

Ages Duration
All 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours
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Blue Mind

10 activities to help children discover how the ocean and water can help them feel happier and healthier.

Ages Duration
7-11 1 hour
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National Marine Aquarium Activity Booklet

An activity to raise awareness of our impact on the ocean and what we can all do to help!

Ages Duration
11-14 1 hour, 2 hours
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Creative writing exercises inspired by the ocean

A great way to teach your class about coral reefs, fish, the ocean zones, conservation, and more.

Ages Duration
All 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours
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Nautical language

Many words and expressions originate from our relationship with the sea. Here is a list of just some of them.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11-14 1 hour, 2 hours, Half a day