We take a look back at our first ever Whale Education Month as we approach the end of term at schools across the UK.
ORCA launched Whale Education Month in 2017 as a way to take our ground-breaking education work and show it to a whole new audience in classrooms across the country.
With seven years experience working with schools both on land and at sea, ORCA have created dozens of inspiring and informative lesson plans but only a fraction of children ever get to experience them.
We wanted to create a new toolkit that teachers across the country could, use themselves to show children the wonders of the ocean, with three one hour lessons to be delivered during October 2017.
The response was phenomenal. We had 112 schools and community groups take part, with over 5,500 children being taught the materials. Most of the schools were spread across the UK but we had teachers from as far afield as Borneo and Chile participating as well.
Our Education Coordinator, Anna Bunney, visit dozens of schools in the Portsmouth area and we had an exceptional response from teachers, parents and, most importantly, students as well.
In 2018 we want to go one better and are focussing on Marine Litter, with a whole new suite of materials being made available once more to teachers across the country.