Ocean School

"People protect what they love, but love only what they know" - Jacques Cousteau


By combining pupil-led exploration with authentic educators and environmental protection with purposeful play Ocean School deepens youngsters’ connection with our ocean environments and lets them learn how to protect them in their own unique ways!

Each summer term we deliver Ocean School at a selection of beaches across Wales and England. We have room for 40 schools and 1200 students to visit each year, so drop us a line at education@sas.org.uk to be considered for 2020.

Read on to learn more about Ocean School and maybe take a few ‘ocean activist’ ideas to the beach with you this summer!


Ocean School provides students of all ages with the opportunity to explore, investigate, protect and ENJOY their beaches. Empowering them to recognise and react to the threats that face OUR oceans in their own way.

From interactive biology in the coastal habitats and mini-ecosystems (presented in wonderful 3D in rock pools and strandlines) to the simple, yet vital citizenship lessons in hard work and collective action that a volunteer beach clean provides our beaches are literally the greatest classroom on earth.


Our beaches and oceans provide a multitude of wonderful, real-life lessons that can be reflected and connected to the national curriculum.

Ocean School has been designed to link to key curriculum subjects for KS1 – 3. The opportunity to link the Ocean School experience with the classroom objectives of mainstream education is powerful.Venn Diagram


“I can’t express how impressed I was with the whole organisation, resources and effort you all put in! You were fab at reading the children’s needs and made the session work around them. We all had a great time and learnt a lot!

Your teachers pack is great to use and I am using it to plan lessons to deepen and embed the children’s learning from the session”- Emeline Goodall, Teacher, Veryan School

Ocean School Ogmore


From the moment students arrive and dip their feet in the sea during our ‘mindfulness moment’ to their graduation as official ‘Ocean Activists’ the primary aim of Ocean School is to help them realise that they have the power and the potential to create great change, in their own way!

The following ‘core concept’ chapters tell the story of an Ocean School session.


This is our ocean!

WELCOME TO OCEAN SCHOOL Shoes and socks off, trousers rolled up. First things first, it’s time to feel the sand and sea between our toes as students explore their ‘ocean classroom’

PUPIL POWER PRESENTATION Engage, Enrage, EMPOWER! From plastic pollution to climate emergency, we discuss why Ocean School is so important and challenge students to ensure they have the evidence, information and inspiration they’ll need to be effective Ocean Activists!


The power of Citizen Science!

BEACH CLEAN Hands on action. Time to tackle the problem first hand. Kitted out with beach clean gloves and buckets students will work together to collect as much plastic pollution (AKA evidence!) as they can.

OCEAN PLASTIC SURVEYING Understanding and evidencing the problem! Students enter our Ocean  Lab where they will work in research teams to categorise, analyse and report on the types and amounts of ocean plastic pollution that they find.Beach Clean Box


Exploring our habitats and ecosystems!

FOOD CHAIN CHALLENGE Exploring marine ecosystems through noisy play. Everyone gets moving again with our giant interactive game where students will challenge each other to ocean life themed ROCK – PAPER – SCISSOR duels to explore how our marine food chains function.

HABITAT ADVENTURE Recognising human impact on marine habitats. From rock pools to rivers, we head out on an adventure where students will connect what we’ve learnt about the threats to the health of our oceans with the plants and animals that have made this dynamic environment their home.Magnifying glass



VOICE OF THE OCEAN – Students now work together to create their own ocean protection protest artworks. Expressing facts, feelings and ocean protection messages. Using their artworks as a visual aid, students will be ‘given the floor’ to express their feelings, findings and ideas for change in their own way.

OCEAN PROTECTORS GRADUATION –We never ask a student to take an action that doesn’t have a purpose, so  we need to capture all their ocean protection evidence. Then it’s time to celebrate with a noisy ‘Ocean Activist’ graduation ceremony!




Each Ocean School ‘chapter’or core concept is linked to individual learning objectives that scaffold the learning journey for delivery. The objectives are suitable and adaptable for Keys Stages 1-3 and have been linked to the national curriculum (from English to citizenship and DT to the expressive arts)should you wish to use them to further link Ocean School with a specific school project.

“If education is to save us, it has to be education of a different kind”Satish Kumar


Each of our awesome education delivery teams receive an Ocean School facilitators manual, inspiring and equipping them to feel comfortable and confident in delivering Ocean School sessions with students of all ages and abilities at a wide variety of beaches and coastal locations.

Whilst we aren’t yet making this available to all we will be releasing some Ocean School resources, stories and tasks in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled!


At the end of every Ocean School session the students are ‘given the floor’ to share their feelings, facts they’ve learnt and their ocean protect plans for the future in their own unique ways!

From time travelling plays to incredible ocean plastic artworks we’re always blown away by the creativity and passion, the quotes and images below give a glimpse into their wonderful imaginative world.

Voices of the Ocean!

I love the ocean and ocean school and sleeping! Save the turtlus!

— Ogmore by Sea participant

Save the fish, from Lucie xxx

— Lucie at Ogmore by Sea

Determined. Happy. Proud. Hopeful. Sad. Horrified.

— Ogmore by Sea participant

S.A.S save a sea animal

— Ogmore by Sea participant

Caru y mor!

— Ogmore by Sea participant

thank you so much you aspird [inspired] my life

— Studland Bay participant


— Studland Bay participant

Jimmy the Jellyfish for life!

— Studland Bay participant

rebel until adults listen

— Studland Bay participant

excited that we are helping save animals from extinction

— Studland Bay participant

Lillie was here doing a beach clean

— Lillie, Studland Bay


— Studland Bay participant

I care, why don’t you?

— Studland Bay participant


If you’d like to know more about Ocean School or any of our education work dropus a message at education@sas.org.uk.