As partners in the ReMEDIES project, The Ocean Conservation Trust and Marine Conservation Society are working with schools to show children the wonders of the underwater world. Through an outreach programme as well as downloadable lesson plans and virtual content, we aim to bring the amazing seabed habitats into your classroom.

school children smiling and holding a starfish

Outreach

We have projects for students of all key stages and can adjust any of the programmes to suit your classes. We will come to your school and deliver a series of sessions and project work with your students that will engage them in the world of seagrass and other seabed habitats.

We are primarily working with schools within the project areas of Isles of Scilly, Falmouth, Plymouth, The Solent and Essex. However, if your school is outside of these areas, we still want to work with you. Please get in touch to see what we can do together.

Outreach project options

All of these workshops are delivered by one of our ReMEDIES experts

Seeds to Seagrass
(KS1-2)

We will look at what this super ocean plant does for us and animals in the sea. This workshop kicks off with an exciting hands-on activity exploring intriguing ocean artefacts to connect with the creatures that live in seagrass meadows. Your class will have the chance to see first-hand the difficulties seagrass faces and how we can all help to protect it.  An introduction to the incredible plating work of the seagrass restoration project links to a hands-on wildflower seedbomb making activity, inspiring your students to be a part of re-wilding the planet, while the dive team rewild the ocean!

Humanities: Mapping the Seabed

(KS2-3)

Students will use immersive VR headsets to dive-in and discover the amazing habitats found in the ocean, including the secret superhero seagrass, a home to the beautiful seahorse. Students will learn compass and mapping skills and apply knowledge about habitats and animals’ adaptations to complete a scientific map. There are geographical options to select from to make the workshop as relevant to your students as possible, based on the location of the school, including Plymouth Marine Park and the Isles of Scilly special area of conservation.

Humanities (online): Mapping the seabed

(KS2-3)

Venture into the depths with an exciting exploration of our local shores and a virtual aquarium tour. Students will discover new compass and mapping skills and apply knowledge of habitats and animal adaptations. They will complete a scientific map of the underwater world of the National Marine Park and seagrass restoration project, with local historical references and some mathematical challenges! There are geographical options to select from to make the workshop as relevant to your students as possible.

Literacy: Speaking for seagrass

(KS1-2)

Using a range of ocean-themed children’s stories, this workshop engages students with conservation and discusses how we can use art and literacy to communicate ideas effectively. Using creative skills and persuasive discussions, your students can produce a piece of work to communicate the importance of ocean habitats and wildlife. Well-planned written and spoken communications can help people to understand tricky subjects. They can mean the difference between the success and failure of a project. Adjectives and drawings will be the main themes for younger classes, and poems and stories for older groups. Your students can choose any medium to communicate their ideas.

STEM: Engineering for the Seabed
(KS2-4)

One way that seagrass and other seabed habitats can be damaged is through boaters dropping anchors and installing moorings which drag on the bottom. These impacts can remove seagrass and mean it can’t grow back. These problems can have STEM based solutions - we would like to challenge your students to work on a project to help boaters protect the seabed. Using recycled materials, examples from the project, and assistance from your ReMEDIES expert, the class will design, model, and market an engineering-based solution to a real-world problem.

Outdoor Learning and one-off engagements

Available year-round: Assemblies, careers fairs, beach-cleans, virtual reality sessions.

Available April - September only: Rockpooling, nature ramble, seagrass snorkel.

Booking information

We are primarily working with schools within the project areas of Isles of Scilly, Falmouth, Plymouth, The Solent and Essex. However, if your school is outside of these areas, we still want to work with you, please get in touch to see what we can do.

For Ocean Superheroes, please email education@mcsuk.org

For the other lessons detailed above, please email ReMEDIES@oceanconservationtrust.org

 

Wildflower seed bombing outreach in Wembury
Wildflower seed bombing outreach in Wembury

Downloadable Resources

We have created a series of lessons for key stages 1, 2 and 3. Your downloaded pack will include most things you need to run the lesson. Other items should be things you can find in your classroom or at home.

Key Stage 1

What is Seagrass?

This lesson looks at what seagrass is and allows students to explore what it is that makes it a plant. With fun worksheets and activities, your class can think about the key features of a plant and relate that to seagrass.

What is Seagrass (Seagrass Ships)

This fun lesson looks at boats and the Ocean as well as how we can all look after our underwater world. We also explore themes around waterproof materials, floating and sinking.

Key Stage 2

Seagrass Island Scientist

Requires students to have access to a tablet or computer

Enter a virtual seagrass island! Collect data and information about seagrass, find out more about the work of ReMEDIES scientists and look at what goes on a research island.

Where do I Live?

Underwater habitats are home to some amazing animals, from tiny snails to playful dolphins. This lesson explores the seabed habitats and allows your students to think about the adaptations of some sea creatures and why they live in particular habitats.

Key Stage 3

Classification and Food webs

Using the marine ecosystem of a seagrass bed, this lesson guides students through finding key features and facts about the flora and fauna found there. They will use skills like sketching to fully understand their particular organism then use facts to find its place in a food web.

Ecosystem Resources

This topic looks at what we get from the environment and how we must balance services with our use and degradation of natural resources. By playing a game in which your students take the role of various stakeholders, your class can discuss and explore these ideas and find ways to balance stakeholder needs with environmental protection.

Virtual Learning

For schools which are outside of our working areas or are unable to have visitors, we can visit your classrooms virtually. Please click below to see what we can do for you.