Pupils across the UK will have the chance to learn about whales and dolphins and the threats they face.
ORCA is running Whale Education Month in October 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 doorstep and the environments they live in.
The scheme first launched last year has proved a phenomenal success with thousands of children taking part at schools in the UK. It has even been taken up in other countries around the world with teachers as far afield as Chile and Borneo signing up for their classes to take part.
This year the charity has grown Whale Education Month with more than 350 schools taking part, which is about twice as many as last year. ORCA has also doubled the amount of materials that teachers can draw on.
The theme for 2018 is marine litter, allowing teachers to talk about the different types of pollution threatening our marine life and steps that children and their families can take at a local level to help end the damage being done to the marine environment.
The series of one hour lessons that ORCA conservationists have developed is available 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 Education Coordinator, said: “Whale Education Month is a programme close to my heart and last year we had an incredible response. We’re aiming to go one better in 2018 and will reach many thousands more children so that they can marvel at the wonder of the ocean and marine mammals, 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 2018.