World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day (8 June) is a worldwide event to celebrate the wonders of the oceans and to raise global awareness of conservation efforts. The oceans give us food, provide green energy, play an important role in the climate and house a wealth of marine life and mammals. Help your students understand the importance of the oceans with these free resources from TES.


Under the sea

  • Introduce your Early Years classes to marine life with this colourful PowerPoint.

Ocean poetry: Under the sea

  • Use World Oceans Day to work on literacy though this collection of poems.

Who lives in the sea?

  • An early years presentation of creatures in the sea, including pictures and sound effects.


Marine educators teaching toolkit

  • With a focus on sharks, skates and rays and their role within the environment, this Toolkit is packed with educational resources, games, activities and puzzles.

Finding Nemo-themed unit of work

  • An attractive selection of flashcards, a task and a support sheet to explore life under the sea through the different characters in Finding Nemo.

Water play activities

  • Bring the ocean into the classroom with these great water play ideas.


Nautical numbers trail and teachers’ guide

Nautical Numbers Trail

  • A teachers’ guide and worksheet for a KS3 explorer visit to the National Marine Aquarium.

Introduction to oceans

  • This clear and concise resource presents key facts about the world’s five oceans.

The water cycle

  • Explore where the water in our oceans comes from with this well-presented introduction to the water cycle.

Water world

  • A series of lessons and activities focusing on where water is found, sustainable management and pollution.

Oceans and ecosystems scheme of work

  • A scheme of work, including resources, to help your pupils understand the threats to marine ecosystems and how to sustainably manage the oceans.

Sustainable fishing

  • In this video from Green TV watch how Greenpeace is promoting a sustainable seafood sourcing policy in order to help protect the world’s oceans.

Sustainability: Forever fish

  • Created as part of Marks and Spencer’s Forever Fish campaign, this resource contains facts about fish, sustainability and fishing.

Fish: Sustainable cooking

  • Celebrate World Oceans Day with a Food Tech lesson on sustainable sourcing of fish, different varieties of fish, nutritional information and cooking instructions.

Animals that live under the sea

  • Take a trip under the sea and learn facts about turtles, octopi, rays, jellyfish, sea slugs, manatees and marlin in this attractive BBC Class Clips video.

Teachers TV: Micro-organisms under the sea

  • Micro-organisms video for use in KS4 Science lessons that tells the story of a 10-year expedition into the diversity of life on the ocean floor.

Raindrop Bill

  • Trace the journey of a raindrop called Bill using this resource from Franklin Watts. Starting with a cloud, leading to a stream, then a river and finally evaporation to help children understand the water cycle.

The ocean through Widgit Symbols

  • Find out how the ocean generates most of the oxygen we breathe, helps clean our water and regulate our climate with a lesson from Widget Software to support young children and those with special educational needs.

Dinner at the Reef

  • How much does it take to support a predator at the top of the food chain? Try this engaging Dinner at the Reef activity from ARKive where each player has to catch two of their chosen prey, from a shark hunting two fish to a small fish needing algae and plankton.