Ocean Environments Project Plan


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By Sue Lyle and the team at Creative Teaching and Learning

Plunge your class into an engaging study of oceans, ecology and the beauty of marine life with this cross curricular project plan for pupils aged nine to 13.

Format: ZIP download


All living things on Earth originate from the simple life forms that evolved in the oceans more than 3,000 million years ago. Today the oceans are home to a vast complex of marine creatures – around 7 million species live in the oceans compared to 2 million on the land. Ninety-seven per cent of all water on Earth is in the oceans, and they play an essential part in the regulation of climate and weather.


The first half of this project introduces activities focusing on the development of children’s ecological understanding of the Oceans through promoting scientific and geographical understanding. The activities also promote the development of children’s reading skills through collaborative group work. Such activities help build children’s understanding of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The children are also invited to consider environmental issues through interpretation of a modern fable designed to develop attitudes and values, an important element of ESD.


The activities in part two of this project plan are designed to promote aesthetic appreciation of the oceans to engage pupils’ affective responses. By combining rational thinking with the affective, we can promote a holistic understanding of this important topic and engage pupils’ emotions as well as their reason.

Project Overview

Part 1: Ocean Environments
Part 1 of the Ocean Environments project plans focuses on the development of children’s ecological understanding of Ocean environments through promoting scientific and geographical understanding.


Activity 1: Mapping the oceans
Activity 2: How big are the oceans?
Activity 3: Brainstorming
Activity 4: Nutrient cycles
Activity 5: Food chain of the Orca whale
Activity 6: Fable of the Orca whale
Activity 7: Animals of the ocean


Part 2: Ocean Environments 2 – Aesthetic Understanding
Part 2 of the Ocean Environment project plans promotes an aesthetic appreciation of the Ocean to engage pupil’s affective responses.


Activity 1: Guided fantasy 1
Activity 2: Guided fantasy 2
Activity 3: Creating sea paintings and prose
Activity 4: Imaginative writing


The resource packs that accompany each activity include detailed instructions, worksheets, information factsheets, research resources, images and more.


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