Home Learning Sessions

With the news of further school closures hitting the headlines in 2021, we want to make sure we are doing our bit to support the thousands of students and teachers connect with our charity every year.  

Research has shown that encounters with marine environments (physical or virtual) have a powerful effect on our emotional state and general wellbeing. With the country in lockdown there has never been a more important time to ensure everyone has access to a weekly dose of Ocean.

That’s why we’re launching our completely free, new live lesson series on Youtube starting Friday the 15th of January. Whether you’re looking for something to round your week off with a bang, or help you wind down for the weekend, our new Youtube live lessons series should hit the spot. 

Every Friday during the lockdown, you will be able to tune in to two special shows on our Youtube Channel here: Click here to visit our YouTube channel

Session 1

Deep Science

Fridays at 1:00pm – 1:20pm [KS2]

The first, ‘Deep Science’ (1:00pm – 1:20pm) will see our Aquarium teachers meet some of our amazing animals as well as stopping in at our AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series ‘The Deep’ (CBBC @12pm on weekdays during lockdown). Expect fascinating facts and real time experiments, as well as ideas to follow up with at home (curriculum linked of course!) 

Key themes for each week are as follows: 

  • 15th Jan – Underwater Volcanoes 
  • 22nd Jan – Creature Classification 
  • 29th Jan – Nautical Navigation 
  • 5th Feb – Ocean Mysteries 
  • 12th Feb – Megafauna 
  • 19th Feb – Life Cycles 
  • 26th Feb – Looking after the Ocean 
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Session 2

mermaid aquarium

Mermaid Tales

Fridays at 1:30 – 1:45pm [Early years]

Who wants to meet a real mermaid?  Well you can during this session, where Marina our resident Mermaid will read a short story to everybody tuned in – perfect timing before an afternoon nap, or as a gentle, relaxing start to the afternoon.

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Our sessions 

The content of the lessons will also help children to feel part of the start of the global UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.  

 The live lessons will assist with home learning whilst also providing a chance for children and their parents and teachers to gain some of the wellbeing benefits that have been proven to come from watching aquatic life.   

“Despite the continued Covid-related restrictions we are all under, our suite of accessible online resources will help those home schooling get access to valuable resources and interactive activities.  

“The UK is a national and global leader in marine science, and we feel Ocean related teaching should therefore be an essential part of the core curriculum offering and want to help facilitate that.  We also want to support parents and teachers in this difficult time for everyone.  

“The Ocean provides half of the oxygen we breathe, drives the weather and climate and is a valuable food source for much of the world, and to look after it for future generations, we need to create an Ocean literate generation – that is to say, a generation that understands the ways in which we are all inextricably connected to it, just as it is to us.” 

Nicola Bridge, Head of Conservation Education and Communications


Where can I watch the sessions live?

The two sessions will be live on our YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/NMAplymouth 

If I miss them live can I still watch the lessons later?

The sessions will be on our YouTube channel after the live broadcast so you can rewatch them, or catch up on them if you didn’t watch them live, still  completely free.

Do I have to sign up to anything?

There are no sign ups needed, but if you subscribe to our YouTube channel you’ll be made aware when we’re live and be notified when we upload more education videos.

If I enjoy the sessions, is there anything else I can watch?

We have lots of past Facebook live sessions and videos on our YouTube channel for you to watch. If you or your class would like a more personalised and focused session to fit your current topics, why not take a look at our interactive virtual tours of the Aquarium here: https://bit.ly/AquariumVirtualSchoolTours

For more information or if you have any questions about our learning sessions, contact our team via learning@oceanconservationtrust.org 

If you would like to book further exclusive lessons for your class, that are personally tailored to your specific learning outcomes and include a full virtual tour of the Aquarium, please follow this link: https://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/learning-at-the-aquarium/school-virtual-tour-of-our-aquarium/

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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