'Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future'
WHY CELEBRATE WORLD OCEANS DAY?
A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans.
Oceans are very important: - They generate most of the oxygen we breathe - They help feed us - They regulate our climate - They clean the water we drink - They offer a pharmacopoeia of medicines - They provide limitless inspiration!
Year 3 invited parents into school for a workshop to help us learn about World Oceans Week. We found out that dumping plastics has a terrible effect on animals who live in our oceans, so we looked into what we could do about it.
Parents helped us to make sea creatures and globe lanterns and the children made pledges to attach to the lanterns. We now have a wonderful display outside Year 3 with placards encouraging people to save our oceans and a wonderful array of work.
In year 4, we talked about the immense effect that pollution can have on the seas and oceans across the world and discussed what we could do to help it! We looked at a range of video clips and discussed how they made use feel. Looking back at some of the data recorded in 2016, plastic bags were a huge issue for the oceans, however, looking at the new data in 2017, plastic bag pollution has drastically reduced which shows how much a little hard work and dedication can save our planet!
In year 5 we spent a lot of time studying the animals that live in our oceans and discussed what pollution could do to their physical appearance, homes and health. We studied why some animals may choose to eat certain plastics. For example, turtles like to eat jellyfish and so they can often confuse plastic bags with jellyfish and as a result, can get very ill as their digestive system can not break the material down. We decided that we wanted to design a poster on a crisp packet to reinforce the deadly effects that our rubbish can have.
We hope you like them! Please let us know if you do anything to help save the sea!
Year 5 were in a sticky situation!
In guided reading, we were analysing a text about jellyfish! To add an extra splash of excitement we decided to make our own jellyfish from slime!
During Oceans Day, Year 6 thought about why it is important to respect our oceans. They made posters and wrote speeches to raise awareness. They also made globe lamp shades using paper-mache and paints to create incredible models of the earth!.
WHY PROTECT OUR OCEANS?
People need air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, new medicines, a climate we can live in, beauty, inspiration and recreation. We need to know we belong to something bigger than ourselves. We want a better future for those we care about. Because the oceans are the largest ecosystems on Earth, they are the Earth’s largest life support systems. To survive and prosper, we all need healthy oceans. Oceans generate half of the oxygen people breathe. At any given moment, more than 97% of the world’s water resides in oceans. Oceans provide a sixth of the animal protein people eat. They’re the most promising source of new medicines to combat cancer, pain and bacterial diseases. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the impact of climate change. The diversity and productivity of the world’s oceans is a vital interest for humankind. Our security, our economy, our very survival all require healthy oceans. So when Marine Conservation Institute works to save the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands or the Arctic Ocean, when we work to get agencies to devote more energy to research, monitoring or enforcement of laws, we are working to save the oceans for all of us and future generations. Whether you live on the coast or far from it, whether you eat seafood or not, you and the future of all those you love depends on healthy oceans.