ORCA's Schools Programme

ORCA Inspiring & Educating People

Every year, ORCA invites schools from all around the UK to take part in our inspiring education programme!

Free Fin-tastic Fun in Schools packs are sent to schools and teachers to inspire them about whales, dolphins and porpoises! They are some of the most intelligent, beautiful and awe-inspiring animals on the planet, and ORCA believes that educating the future generation about them and the threats that they face is key to the protection of these species.

Each year, there is a different theme to the resources. In 2017, the theme was ‘Giants of the Ocean’, and in 2018 ‘Marine Litter’. The activities link in with the curriculum and provide students extra support in the topics of science, maths and English.

Our Fin-Tastic Fun in Schools resources covers two topics:

The ‘Giants of the Ocean’ resources include three lessons; Whales, dolphins and porpoises

These interactive and fun presentations and activities help students to understand more about the largest animals on our planet, intelligent dolphins and tiny porpoises, plus games and activities to help with children’s knowledge of the topic.

The ‘Marine Litter’ resources comprise of three lessons; What is Marine Litter? How does marine litter harm wildlife? What can I do?

Through the interactive presentations 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 their own ideas of how can minimise this threat for the future.

ORCA Inspiring & Educating People

Want to take part?

Each year hundreds of schools and thousands of students take part. Our education programme celebrates the ocean, covering different topics each year to keep everything fresh!

Although we encourage schools to deliver the materials in October to coincide with Whale Education Month, teachers can use the materials all year to inspire students about wonderful whales and dolphins.

ORCA have funding to support school visits around Hampshire and Sussex, so if you are in one of these areas please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how to get involved.

ORCA's work in schools is made possible thanks to the support of The Postcode Local Trust and Tesco Bags of Help programme.

The Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by the players of the People's Postcode Lottery. The Trust awarded ORCA £19,874.92 to deliver education work across Hampshire and Sussex. You can find out more about the programme at http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/.

Tesco Bags of Help is a scheme that awards community projects like ORCA grants of up to £4,000, all funded from carrier bags sales in Tesco stores. ORCA are being supported by Tesco's regions across the UK to visit schools and teach them about the marine environment. You can find out more at https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme

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