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Planet Ocean




In this programme we'll examine the importance of the vast and amazing ocean and its importance to our planet. 

We'll begin by looking at plate tectonics and the formation of the continents and shaping of the ocean floor.   From here we will look at some unique ocean ecosystems and habitats – the coral reef and giant kelp forests, moving on to studying individual species, adaptions and food-webs.

We will then look at stressors on the ocean environment including climate change and other human driven activities (e.g., development, pollution, fishing) and the impact these are having on our oceans and what we are doing to manage them.

Students will have the opportunity to follow their own passions and conduct a research project of their choosing.  While researching their own ‘passion project’, students will develop research skills and learn to be critical and discerning consumers of digital information.

This course will be adjusted and refined to follow the needs and passion of the students involved.

Finally, we will revisit why Earth isn’t called ‘Planet Ocean’.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop research skills (e.g., asking the right questions, verifying sources)
  • Skim and scan for a purpose
  • Describe the impact of climate change and global warming on the ocean and its inhabitants
  • Describe what a food web is and provide an example of one
  • Describe the impact of human activities on the ocean
  • Work collaboratively to solve problems
  • Develop active listening skills and ask appropriate questions
  • Clearly communicate your thoughts and ideas


3 hours per week for 6 weeks

Target Age

9 - 13 year olds


This programme is part of Science and Maths Thursdays and runs from 9-12:30 pm each week (with a 30 minute brain gym and eating break)