ORCA Education Resources

ORCA Whale & Dolphin Sea Safari

Welcome to the Education Zone of ORCA’s website!

In this area, you will find lesson plans and activities to inspire your students about the wonders of our oceans.

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are some of the most intelligent, beautiful and awe-inspiring animals on the planet, and ORCA believes that educating the future generation is key to the protection of these species.

Through our Fin-tastic Fun in Schools resources, students will learn about ocean giants and the part they play in the ocean ecosystem, and also learn about the threats that these animals face, focussing on ways in which they can help protect the oceans for the future.

As well as supporting teachers with educational resources, they also help children engage with science in a different, more accessible way, and encourage them to connect with the natural environment right on their doorstep. Did you know that over a third of the world’s whale, dolphin and porpoise species can be seen in the UK?

The activities link in with the curriculum and provide students extra support in the topics of science, maths, geography and English. The materials are designed for KS2 students, but they can be adapted for younger/older students.

All lesson plans, presentations and activities can be downloaded by clicking on the topic below. Enjoy!

ORCA's Fin-tastic Fun in Schools programme has been produced with the generous support of Tesco's Bags of Help, who have enabled us to create inspiring education materials and visit thousands of children to teach them about whales and dolphins

Fin-tastic Fun in Schools!

Fin-tastic Fun in Schools: Ocean Giants

Interactive presentations provided about the largest, most intelligent and elusive creatures on our planet – whales, dolphins and porpoises, plus games and activities to help with children’s knowledge of the topic.

Take a look at this introductory video from ORCA:

ORCA Ocean Giants is in 3 sections - Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.

Ocean Giants - Whales

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Fin-tastic Fun in Schools: Marine Litter

Through the interactive presentation and activities in these lessons, students will learn about one of the biggest threats our ocean wildlife faces today – marine litter, especially plastic pollution. Students will gain knowledge of this topic and learning is reinforced by students thinking of ideas of how they can minimise this threat for the future.
ORCA Marine Litter is in 3 sections - What Is Marine Litter?, How does marine litter impact wildlife?, What can I do to help?

Marine Litter - What Is Marine Litter?

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ORCA’s Whale Education Month

In October each year, hundreds of schools and thousands of students take part in ORCA’s Whale Education Month month. This is an annual event with different topics each year. Although we encourage schools to deliver the materials in October, teachers can use the materials all year to inspire students about wonderful whales and dolphins.

New for 2018 - Marine Litter

As part of our Fin-tastic Fun in Schools ORCA has produced a new series for 2018 on Marine Litter. This fun and interactive pack will help children understand this issue.

Well Done!

Now you have been involved in ORCA's Whale Education Month you can print out a certificate of participation.

In this section...

Train to be a Marine Mammal Surveyor

Train to be a Marine Mammal Surveyor

Book a Whale & Dolphin Sea Safari

Book a Whale & Dolphin Sea Safari

Become an ORCA Wildlife Officer

Become an ORCA Wildlife Officer

ORCA in Schools

ORCA in Schools

Make a Small Change

Make a Small Change

Photography Competition

Photography Competition