On this page, you will find lesson plans and activities to inspire your students about the wonders of our oceans.
We have lesson plans on; Ocean Giants, Marine Litter, Communication and Ecosystem Engineers.
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are some of the most intelligent, beautiful and awe-inspiring animals on the planet, and ORCA believes that educating the future generation is key to the protection of these species.
Through our Fin-tastic Fun in Schools resources, students will learn about ocean giants and the part they play in the ocean ecosystem, and also learn about the threats that these animals face, focussing on ways in which they can help protect the oceans for the future.
As well as supporting teachers with educational resources, they also help children engage with science in a different, more accessible way, and encourage them to connect with the natural environment right on their doorstep. Did you know that over a third of the world’s whale, dolphin and porpoise species can be seen in the UK?
The activities link in with the curriculum and provide students extra support in the topics of science, maths, geography and English. The materials are designed for KS2 students, but they can be adapted for younger/older students.
All lesson plans, presentations and activities can be downloaded by clicking on the topic below. Enjoy!
ORCA's Fin-tastic Fun in Schools programme has been produced with the generous support of Tesco's Bags of Help, who have enabled us to create inspiring education materials and visit thousands of children to teach them about whales and dolphins
To support families at home and teachers during the Coronavirus pandemic, ORCA have been producing interactive lessons, activities and question and answer sessions about wonderful whales and dolphins!
Lessons and activities link in with the curriculum and provide students in extra support in the topics of science, maths, geography and English. Subjects covered will include, Ocean Giants, how whales and dolphins feed, how they communicate with each other and what threats they are facing in the world today.
In October each year, hundreds of schools and thousands of students take part in ORCA’s Whale Education Month month. This is an annual event with different topics each year. Although we encourage schools to deliver the materials in October, teachers can use the materials all year to inspire students about wonderful whales and dolphins.
Celebrate World Wildlife Day with your class in 2021 (4th October 2021)! Every October, ORCA produces a series of educational resources for schools and home educators, with the theme for 2021 being Incredible Journeys. These fun and interactive resources link in with the National Curriculum and provides students support in the topics of science, geography, maths and English. Don’t forget, you can view all resources from past Whale Education Month lessons below
Take a look at this introductory video from ORCA:
If you have any questions about these resources, please contact ORCA’s Head of Education Anna Bunney.
Any questions call us on 02392 832565