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!

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The Oceans Mini Pack

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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Ocean Facts

  • 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

Oceans 101

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


Flip Flap Ocean

This rhyming book lets you create endless combinations of ocean creatures.

Sharing a Shell

This underwater tale from popular children’s author Julia Donaldson helps children to learn about sharing.

Commotion in the Ocean

Introduce your children to a number of sea creatures using this rhyming picture book.


Every day, Tiddler is late for school, and every day he has another tall tale for his teacher. But who will believe him when he really does get captured in a net?

The Rainbow Fish

The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship.


Explore this beautiful picture book with the children in your class and use it as the starting point for a wide range of learning opportunities.

The Big Book of the Blue

This beautiful book answers questions about the oceans and the creatures living in them.

Ocean: A Children's Encyclopedia

This fantastic reference resource features high quality photos to teach children about the oceans.

Ultimate Oceanpedia

This reference book includes facts, photos, illustrations and tips to help your children learn about the creatures, science and ecology of the oceans.

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