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Caring for the ocean

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Like many other parts of our planet, the ocean is undergoing rapid change because of human activity. This activity guides classes to take action to care for the ocean. Caring for the ocean is a job for all of us.

Ages 7+

(adult supervision)

20 minutes


This activity is all about caring for the ocean. There are three student sheets to support learning, which can be downloaded from the What you’ll need tab.

Activity steps
  1. If you need to cover some background about the changes taking place in the ocean, use the Student Sheet A changing global ocean, available to download or in the Find out more tab.
  2. Then, look at the Student Sheet Taking action for the ocean. This lists some of the broad areas of action that will help the ocean, and specific pledge ideas.
  3. Working alone on in groups, students should choose one or more pledges that they would like to make to care for the ocean.
  4. Students should then cut out one of the ocean animal pledge cards from the Student Sheet Ocean pledge cards and write their pledge on this. Some students might prefer to cut around the oval outline, while others may prefer to cut the exact shape of the ocean animal.
  5. Pledges can be shared using a plenary discussion or using a class display.
Safety guidance

Cutting with scissors should be done using child-friendly scissors and under adult supervision.

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Science / Geography | Ages 7-11

Our Ocean Planet

Our Ocean Planet Science Geography ages 7-11 unit is a KS2 teacher resource. Students discover marine topics across both the UK and globally, developing ocean literacy.