Broadcast live on:

Wednesday 8 Jun 2022
  • free
  • 40 mins
  • 5-7, 7-11
This live broadcast has ended and is available to watch on catch up.

Free - Rock pooling live

The National Marine Aquarium Learning Team will be streaming live from Mount Batten beach to celebrate World Ocean Day for Schools! We will be investigating our local rock pools to see what critters live on our shorelines. Exploring our blue space on the hunt for crustaceans, starfish, molluscs and many more!


This session is a great hook for the living things topic, including body form and function at key stage 1 and adaptation and habitats at key stage 2. Make sure you download the World Ocean Day Rockpool Checklist and see how many of the creatures you can spot.

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Questions generated by your class can be submitted in advance via the Encounter Live tab in your profile.

Lesson steps

1. Introduction (5 minutes)

George welcomes the viewers to the live session and introduces himself and Mount Batten beach. This is followed by an introduction to World Ocean Day Live and the #ourblue theme and a brief outline of the content of the session explaining how viewers can interact with the team.

2. Creatures of the rockpool (10 minutes)

We begin exploring the rockpool, pointing out key animals and familiar creatures such as limpets and crabs. We then delve deeper into the mysteries by examining a mermaid's purse, a cuttlefish bone, and a pipefish.

3. Rock pooling responsibly (10 minutes)

Moving on from examining the animals and explaining what they are, George will explain the rock pool code and how to explore rock pools responsibly. Even if children do not live near the sea, they can get connected to the ocean through blue spaces and river rambles or even ponds. This section will also emphasise the importance of the ocean.

4. Q&A (10 minutes)

This is a chance for children to ask any questions they have about the creatures you might find in rock pools and how they can get involved, whether with school or during the holidays.

5. Summary (5 minutes)

George will finish the live lesson by re-emphasising our ocean connection and directing children and classes to the rock pooling guide for their own ocean connection expedition and asking them to send us pictures of their experiences. George will also mention some of the other sessions available on World Ocean Day for Schools.



George Clarke

Schools Officer, Ocean Conservation Trust

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