Did you know that 97% of all of the water on Earth is in the oceans?
There are five named oceans around the world and these are all connected to form the global ocean. These are home to millions of species of animals and plants, which are adapted to living in the wide array of habitats.
Teach your children about the seas and oceans using our handy topic guide!
- Use the incredible picture book Flotsam in a wide range of curriculum areas.
- Test your children’s knowledge of the oceans by playing our Ocean Explorers game.
- Challenge your children to create their own food chains based on different ocean habitats.
- Learn about the layers of the ocean with this science project.
- Can your class draw a life-size blue whale?
- Find out how human activity affects life in the oceans. What can we do to protect the oceans and the plants and animals living in them?
Oceans Knowledge Organiser
Members of Teaching Packs can download a comprehensive knowledge organiser to accompany this topic. It includes key information that your children can use for reference and research, along with topic vocabulary, a labelled map of the world’s oceans and photographs to illustrate the topic.
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- The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest and deepest ocean. It covers more than 30% of the Earth’s surface.
- The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and it is over 2,600km in length.
- The average depth of the oceans is 4km.
- The phytoplankton living in the world’s oceans produce between 50% and 85% of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere.
- Only about 5% of the oceans have been explored by humans.
Oceans of the World for Kids
This video teaches children about oceans of the world, ocean animals, how people use the oceans, related vocabulary, useful facts and much more.
Running time: 8:43
Ocean Animals for Kids
Teach your children about a range of ocean animals (including sea lions, coral, orcas, manta rays and clams) with this short movie. It includes a huge collection of images, videos and facts to explore.
Running time: 13:13
This video from National Geographic helps children to learn about the oceans and how climate change is impacting them. It also discusses some potential solutions to the changes.
Running time: 2:53
Coral Reef and Aquarium Relaxation Video
This beautiful video shows fish and a variety of other sea creatures swimming around a coral reef. It has relaxing music playing in the background and could be a useful starting point for descriptive writing, poetry or discussion.
Running time: 2:00:05
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