Schools across the UK are celebrating our wonderful whales, dolphins and porpoises!
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 across the UK have the chance to learn about whales, dolphins, 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 porpoises that can be found on their doorstop and the environments 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 and Borneo sighting up for their classes to take part. 2018 was a record breaking year with over 600 schools and community groups taking part, and 2019 looks to be even better with over 700 schools already signed up!
The theme for 2019 is ‘Voices of the Deep’ and ORCA have produced fun and interactive lesson packs about communication which will help children understand all about how whales and dolphins communicate with each other – they will even have the chance to listen to the sounds made by whales and dolphins and find out who the record breaking singers of the deep are!
This series of one hour lessons that ORCA have developed is available for free of charge to any school by simply visiting the ORCA website and signing up online. 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.
Anna Bunney, ORCA’s Head of Education said: “Whale Education Month is a programme close to my heart and last year we had an absolutely incredible response! We are aiming to go even further in 2019 and will reach thousands more children so that they can marvel at the wonder if 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, visit our dedicated page and keep up to date using the hashtag #WhaleEducationMonth. The programme runs from 1st October to 31st October 2019.