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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

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

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
Featured

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

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

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

Why Is The Sea Salty?

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

Ages Duration
5-7 30 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Is One

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

Ages Duration
11-14 10 minutes

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

14 poems about the deep blue

Ocean themed poems that you can use in your classroom.

Ages Duration
11-14 10 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Featured

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bioneers: Revolution from the heart of nature

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

Ages Duration
11-14 30 minutes

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

Single use plastics

6 ways to teach kids about single use plastics.

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

Green Schools Ireland

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

Ages Duration
5-7 30 minutes, 1 hour

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

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

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

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

Plastic quiz

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

Ages Duration
5-7 30 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water facts

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

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

Water conservation

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

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

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

A plastic ocean educational supplement.

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

Ages Duration
7-11 A full day

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

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

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

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

Lizzie Daly will open the festival!

Join us with Lizzie Daly to get the day kicked off!

We will learn how every second breath comes from the ocean via an animation, some Ocean breathing and movement exercise with Richie Norton and hear from others, including Pulau School in Pitcairn, celebrating World Ocean Day around the world!

Ages Duration
All ages 30 mins

Join NMA live from their fantastic Aquarium facility with a spot of rockpooling and exploring the Plymouth Sound zone. Ask questions and learn about the amazing animals that live in and around their local waters.

Ages Duration
All ages 30 mins

Learn how to breathe like a dolphin

Sara Campbell will be hosting an amazing workshop teaching us how to connect with our inner dolphin and learning how freedivers, big wave surfers & underwater photographers have learned the art of breathing to help them do what they do in the ocean.

Ages Duration
All ages 30 mins

Virtual World Oceans Day Celebrations

The Environment Agency in collaboration with the WWF, will be hosting a live broadcast about the Ocean. You will be able to hear talks from a number of EA experts alongside amazing footage and talks from the WWF.

Ages Duration
7-11 60mins

One Planet, One Ocean - MCS (need to preregister)

A blend of online and offline activity, this session will introduce the concept of our world ocean and global responsibilities and we'll create a collaborative Schools Ocean Manifesto from participants ideas.

Ages Duration
9-11 90 mins

Incredible Oceans TV Live! Get Your Questions Ready

Have you ever had a question about our ocean or the creatures in it? Here’s your opportunity! Ask a team of marine experts as they answer your questions in this live session.

Ages Duration
5-7 30-45 mins

Explore your Creative, Happy & Healthy Blue Mind

We are all connected to water but did you know a trip to the beach is really good for your health? Join Blue Health Coach Lizzi to discover how time spent around water can make you happier, healthier and more creative.

Ages Duration
11+ 20mins

Exploring the Arctic Ocean with Encounter Edu (need to preregister)

Join Encounter Edu for an Arctic adventure and find out what scientists have discovered about the changes in the frozen north.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11+ 45 mins

Beyond The Blue with Swim Dem Crew

Beyond The Blue is a documentary that explores the origins of inner city swim club Swim Dem Crew and what it means to build community through swimming. Founder Nathaniel Cole gives us an introduction into the club and tell us how spending time in water has made him a more environmentally conscious person.

Ages Duration
11+ 15 mins

Pollution Problems with Ocean Conservation Trust

Join OCT as they explore the content of a whale's stomach. What's supposed to be there and what's not? Find out and discover what we can all do to think Ocean in our day to day lives.

Ages Duration
6 - 11 yrs 10 mins

Shark Conservation with Eco Action Families Live (need to preregister)

Join Free-diver and Scuba Instructor Greg as he talks about the importance of sharks in the ocean and how we can help turn the tide on the decline of these incredible animals. And get your questions about sharks answered at the end of the talk!

Ages Duration
7-11, 11+ 60 mins

Homeschool with Common Seas

Join the Common Seas crew on a journey to understand plastic pollution and, most importantly, what you can do about it. Find out about Home School Activities with Common Seas – 16 simple, fun, inspiring and free to download activities to help you become a Sea Champion.

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11 45 mins

Quarantine periods with City To Sea

Since 2017 City To Sea have been lifting the lid on the hidden plastic in period products. Big-brand disposable period products are a potential health hazard, cost around £6,000 over the menstruating lifetime and cost the earth. Menstrual products are currently the 5th most common item found on European beaches – more widespread than single-use coffee cups, cutlery or straws.

Learn more in this 6 part video!

Ages Duration
11+ 6 mins

Using Art to Save Our Seas with Pangeaseed

An introduction to using art as a catalyst to give our oceans a voice followed by an exercise in ARTivism to explore the connection between ocean health and human health.

Ages Duration
7-11, 11+ 30 mins

Create an ocean story with Fabled

Laura Hamm from Fabled gives you all the tools you need to create your own ocean story in this video workshop.

Ages Duration
7-11 30 mins

How to Cross an Ocean: SUP or Swim?

Learn more about crossing oceans, currents, marine animals and ocean hazards from the world record holders Chris Bertish and Yoshi the sea turtle.

Ages Duration
7+ 25 mins

Blue yoga with Natalie Fox

Stretching our inner sea with yoga, breathing and movement to create flow!

Ages Duration
All ages 15 mins

Author Reading with Sarah Roberts

Author and wildlife expert, Sarah Roberts, reads her book ' Somebody Swallowed Stanley' and shares animal facts, in this mini lesson on ocean plastic.

Ages Duration
3-7 20 mins

Micro plastics art with Mandy Barker

Join international award winning photographer Mandy Barker as she shares her work with marine plastic debris & sets you a challenge to create your own piece of micro plastic art.

Ages Duration
7+ 20 mins

How to make a rain gauge and why!

Through a short video, follow easy instructions on how to make a rain gauge and why it's a simple but really good way to begin to understand our weather more.

Ages Duration
5-11 15mins

Top Tips to help Clean Up!

Join author Nathan Bryon and illustrator Dapo Adeola as they share clean up tips, taking inspiration from their latest book, ‘Clean Up!’ where Rocket sets off on a plastic-pollution mission to the Caribbean.

Ages Duration
5-7 7 mins

Make it up with Street Artist Midnight

Join artist Midnight for a craft session creating some amazing underwater creatures!

Ages Duration
7+ 15 mins

Habit-hats Create Challenge with OCT

Make a fabulous Ocean inspired hat! Watch the video to pick a habitat, then gather together your craft materials and start creating your ocean accessory. The bigger the better!

Ages Duration
3-7 30 mins

Change the world with Little Turtle Turns The Tide

Hear author Lauren Davies read the story of the Little Turtle that hatches a plan to save the world from plastic pollution and learn how you too can make a difference and be an Eco Hero!

Ages Duration
3 - 7 20 mins

Surf A Wave Around The World with Kaimiloa project

Kaimiloa project takes you into the ocean to learn all about the waves and dig into communities from different places and times that enjoyed surfing just like you! Get inspired, imagine and design your surfboard.

Ages Duration
5-7 15 mins

The Sea Monkey Project

Complete the Sea Monkey plastic education comic book and become a part of the Sea Monkey Crew!

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11 10 mins

Craft a cuttlefish with Kim Hillyard

Join author-illustrator Kim Hillyard to craft your very own colourful paper cuttlefish

Ages Duration
5-7 5-6 mins

Animating Water with Elly Strigner

Learn how to animate water using simple techniques and easy to use software.

Ages Duration
7+ 10 mins

Hammerhead Shark Lesson and Craft with Sharks4Kids

Learn about great hammerhead sharks and make your own hammerhead shark from a toilet paper roll

Ages Duration
5-10 35 mins

All the way to the ocean by Joel Harper

Sit by and enjoy Joel Harper's brilliant animated story, All the way to the ocean. A cautionary tale about two friends who learn how our rubbish can go all the way from city to sea!

Ages Duration
5-7 20 mins

Waves of Optimism with SAS

While we cannot easily access the ocean at the moment, we can still send waves of ocean optimism across the UK through the Surfers Against Sewage #WavesOfOptimism campaign.

The idea is simple; turn your windows into part of the biggest ocean art gallery Surfers Against Sewage has ever coordinated!

Ages Duration
5-11 20 mins

featuring a lineup of music artists from around the world

Get on your feet as an amazing lineup of brilliant music artists and ocean advocates sing their songs for the ocean!

Featuring (in order) - Gretta Ray, One More Song, Tin Pigeons, Plastic Mermaids, Lisa Hannigan, Jack Cullen, Andy and The Odd Socks, Miles Goodall, Amelia Caesar, Ziggy Alberts

Not one to miss!

Ages Duration
All ages 45 mins

Sit back and relax with our final act for the day. A series of awe inspiring short films about extraordinary ocean stories courtesy of the Ocean Film Festival

Ages Duration
All ages 1 hour

Set your own Plastic Challenge this July

This July help us to stop ocean plastic pollution by setting yourself a #PlasticChallenge. Make one change or go all in, it's up to you. Sign up now for free information, tips and ideas on cutting down throughout the month of July.

Ages Duration
All ages Varies

Get your World Ocean Day for Schools t-shirt!

Pick from a great selection of tees with these year's illustrations and logos. These tees are not only organic, and manufactured by wind power, they also has the We Are Ocean graphic on the back and helps support the ongoing mission of www.weareocean.blue

Ages Duration
Kid & Adult sizes! Until they grow out of it! 😉

Guide to Home School with Common Seas

We’re excited to launch Homeschool with Common Seas! From turning a plastic bottle into something useful, to learning about how plastic is made by creating your very own slime, these 16 activities are fun, free and easy-to-use. Share what you have learnt with #SeaChampions online?!

Ages Duration
5-7, 7-11 16 home activities that take from 10 to 45 minutes to complete.