World Oceans Day

From UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

In 2008, the United Nations designated 8th June as World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate the vital importance of our oceans and to raise awareness of our need to protect their resources for future generations.

In 2024, World Oceans Day will be celebrated a day earlier on 7th June. The theme for this year is Awaken New Depths and challenges everyone to deepen their understanding of and their commitment to the ocean and all that it sustains.

Cost: Free 

About United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea: The UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea provides information and advice to member states to help them implement the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, a comprehensive set of rules governing the use of the oceans.

Further resources:

  • Register on the World Ocean Day for Schools website to download free teaching resources, and access a live assembly on Friday 7th June, designed to encourage young people aged 5-14 to connect to their local blue space and become ocean advocates.
  • Watch the recording of an Authors Live event with Lauren St John and Elizabeth Laird where they explore the importance of looking after our oceans and discuss where the inspiration for their writing comes from.
  • Explore Books for Topics’ Oceans and Seas and Under the Sea booklists for books to share with primary aged children.
  • Find more recommendations for KS2 pupils in the Oceans and Seas booklist from Best Books for Schools.
  • Explore the books, videos, blogs and classroom resources produced by Authors 4 Oceans, a group of authors and illustrators united to help oceans recover.
  • The Marine Conservation Society has created teaching resources for primary schools.
  • Find curriculum-linked resources created by the WWF to help primary and secondary pupils explore environmental issues in an engaging and motivating way.
  • Ensure your pupils can keep up to date with environmental issues by taking out a school subscription to a junior newspaper or nature magazine. Find a selection here.

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