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.
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
From Seeds to Seagrass
(KS1 / 2)
We will look at what this super Ocean plant does for us and animals in the sea. Your students will have the opportunity to grow a seagrass plant in the classroom and discover what it needs to survive. With assistance from your ReMEDIES expert, your class will have the chance to see first-hand the difficulties seagrass faces in the Ocean and how we can all help to protect it.
Engineering for the Seabed
(KS2 / 3)
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. With examples from the project and assistance from your ReMEDIES expert, the class can produce an engineering-based solution to a real-world problem.
Speaking for Seagrass
(KS2 / 3)
Using creative skills and persuasive discussions, your students can work to produce a piece of work to communicate the importance of seabed habitats. Well-planned written and spoken communications can help people to understand tricky subjects and can mean the difference between the success and failure of a project. Art and literacy are important subjects here, and alongside your ReMEDIES expert, your students can choose any medium to communicate their ideas.
This engaging 30-minute zoom lesson for schools and groups introduces the vital underwater habitats that can be found in the UK, including maerl and seagrass. Discover some common species and where they might be found, and how humans can impact upon Ocean habitats. Follow-up activities are provided.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For the other lessons detailed above, please email ReMEDIES@oceanconservationtrust.org
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.
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.
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.