Ocean School

"People protect what they love, but they only love what they know"

Ocean School provides students with the opportunity to explore, investigate and respond to the environment they live in.

Empowering them to identify and embrace the vital part they play in protecting the OCEAN ENVIRONMENT.


What Happens At An Ocean School Session?

  • Welcome to Ocean School – First things first, it’s time to feel the sand and sea between our toes as students take a tour of our ‘classroom’ for the day
  • Plastic Free Coastlines – Our first and most important task is to engage, enrage and inform the students on the impacts that ocean plastic pollution has. From the harm it causes to wildlife to the toxic threats of microplastics, this interactive talk will arm the students with stats and facts which we can respond to throughout the session.
  • Clean Wave Beach Clean – Hands on action. Kitted out with beach clean gloves, buckets and investigation equipment students will work together to sweep as much plastic pollution as they can from the beach.
  • Ocean Plastic Surveying and Sorting – Understanding and evidencing the problem. Students will then enter our Ocean School Lab where they will work in research teams to separate, categorise, record, analyse, report on (and recycle!) the types and amounts of ocean plastic pollution that they find
  • Food Web Challenge – Exploring the complex ocean food web through interactive games, exploring how marine food chains function, all the way from plankton to our plates.
  • Rock pool Investigation – Recognising human impact on our ecosystems. We’ll then head out on a rock pool adventure where students will connect what we’ve learnt about plastic pollution, ecosystems and food chains with the plants and animals such as; filter feeders and small fish
  • Creating a Circular Ocean Economy – It’s time to talk solutions! The students will in research teams, utilise cradle to cradle thinking to discuss and propose potential solutions to the plastic pollution problem.


Our Ocean School delivery model has been designed to work alongside key curriculum targets for KS1 – 3 pupils.

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How can I get involved in ocean school?

We run Ocean School sessions at different times of the year in different locations across the UK. Currently we are running sessions at Tynemouth Longsands in the North East of England.

To find out how you could book yourself a place please email education@sas.org.uk