Resource packs and lesson ideas to explore the seaside and sea creatures in class
With the six-week break now firmly on the horizon, the summer term is a great time to start thinking about all things beachy. From the comfort of your classroom, why not take young learners on an imaginative adventure, exploring both the coast and the animals that live in the ocean?
We’ve selected a range of creative marine-themed resources, from maths activities to creative writing exercises, designed to get your pupils excited about the seaside.
Visiting the seaside
Get young learners preparing for a trip to the seaside by drawing the items they’ll need on this suitcase worksheet. Take this one step further by encouraging them to write out a list of essential objects on these differentiated writing frames.
Embrace the excitement of the beach with this themed picture game, in which pupils match up cut-out coloured shapes with seaside pictures. And what better way to learn about the shore and the sea than by singing the songs from this easy-to-read book together?
For a deeper look at the topic, explore the variety of activities within this detailed resource pack*. From learning beach vocabulary to role-playing a visit to the aquarium, these colourful resources let students experience all of the elements of a seaside holiday.
Under the sea
Dive into the underwater theme with this thorough ocean creatures display pack*, containing flashcards and fact files to introduce your class to the breadth of animals living under water. Or, think about the marine habitat with this under-the-sea jar worksheet, which allows pupils to make a list of all the animals and plants they can see before drawing their own.
Take a more tactile approach to exploring the sea and associated keywords by using these playdough mats. They encourage young learners to read new words and form the letters before practising their handwriting skills on paper.
Get your class ordering and selecting appropriate units of measure with this engaging animated story about Finley the fish who wanted to measure his sea friends. For some numeracy fun, play this under-the-sea dice game, ideal for helping younger learners to practise counting as well as turn-taking.
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This post was originally published on 17 June 2016, and was refreshed on 30 May 2017.