Another amazing Whale Education Month!

Another amazing Whale Education Month!

During October, schools across the UK have been celebrating wonderful whales as part of Whale Education Month. 

We believe that it is essential for children to learn about the wildlife in our oceans with the hope of raising awareness of the importance of their conservation. Whale Education Month is a fixture in the calendar and each October pupils of all ages have the chance to learn about whales, dolphins and porpoises and the threats these animals face. 

ORCA runs Whale Education Month to coincide with World Animal Day on 4th October. The programme teaches children about the whales, dolphins and porpoise that can be found on their doorstep and the environment they live in. 

The scheme first launched in 2017 and proved a phenomenal success with thousands of children taking part in schools around the UK. It has even been taken up in other countries around the world with teachers as far afield as Chile, the United States and Borneo signing up for their classes to take part. In 2021, over 3,000 people signed up to take part, including teachers and home educators and it is estimated that over 10,000 students will have seen the resources. 

The theme for 2021 was ‘Incredible Journeys’ and ORCA produced fun and interactive lesson packs about whale migrations which helped children learn all about why whales migrate and they discovered who the longest whale migrators are and explored the threats that whales face on their incredible journeys. 

The series of one-hour lessons that ORCA developed are available free of charge to any school, simply by visiting the ORCA website. Packs include interactive presentations, games and other materials designed to inspire children with a particular focus on Key Stage 2. The lessons have been designed with the National Curriculum in mind, and are a great way to teach science in an engaging and educational way. 

ORCA’s Head of Education, Anna Bunney said: “Whale Education Month is a programme close to my heart and we’ve had an incredible response! The resources reach thousands of children so that they can marvel at the wonders of the ocean and marine animals, but also understand the role we all have to play in keeping it safe”.

To find out more about Whale Education Month and to see the resources visit our dedicated page