Here you can download resources to use at school (or at home). There are lesson plans, powerpoint presentations for assemblies and videos. There are also links to materials from other organisations that you may find useful. Please send us feedback if you’d like to see more resources on a topic or any of the resources don’t work! If you would like us to come in to your school for an assembly, workshop or to get involved through a beach clean, please fill out this form and we will get back to you.
Ocean Defender Certificate
- ‘Ocean Defender’ certificate, please feel free to download and print out for children if you would like to.
Encourage wildlife by planting bee and other pollinator-friendly plants and seeds. If you want people to know what’s going on, you can download this poster and display it!
Assemblies – PowerPoint Presentations
- Primary School 7th May Plastic-Free Day Assembly Presentation (36 MB)
- Secondary School 7th May Plastic-Free Day Assembly Presentation (54 MB)
Resources for Activities and Lessons
- Until The Coast Is Clear – video by Jessica Reid
34MB video, 7 minutes long. Short video documenting plastic pollution along the south coast of the UK, 7 minutes long. Suitable for older primary age and secondary – some footage of injured seal – please watch in advance to check you are happy to show it for younger children!
Recommended Books for Primary Age Children
The Adventures of Scout
By Nick, Jon & Matt
A concerned Scout discovers beaches are covered in rubbish! How is she going to help clean this mess up? The first of a series of fun rhyming books aligned to the UK national curriculum. Each of the books by The 3 Engineers has a clear fun message which children can understand, and they encourage readers to take positive action to help solve the problems which feature in each book. Aimed at Primary (KS1 & KS2). The website also has useful and inspiring video resources to support the messaging behind the books.
A Planet Full of Plastic
By Neil Layton
The perfect introduction to the scourge of plastic for younger readers, Neal Layton’s brightly illustrated book explains the science behind why plastic does not biodegrade and what the consequences are for the planet, as well as offering countless ideas for how we can all help ease the crisis.
Duffy the Sea Turtle, Marli the Puffin and Nelson the Whale are all Wild Tribe Heroes. Read their true and gentle stories to teach children about these environmental issues in a positive and inspiring way with happy endings and ideas for the future.
Crab, Dab & Blenny
By Peta Rainford
Fish friends Dab and Blenny are upset by the plastic that washes into their lovely rockpool home. Crab, on the other hand, just LOVES the shiny bright colour… But when Blenny gets caught in plastic twine, Crab finally understands the danger of plastics in the ocean.
Somebody Swallowed Stanley
By Sarah Roberts
“Plastic bags don’t belong in the sea!” Everybody has a taste for Stanley, but he is no ordinary jellyfish. Most jellyfish have dangly-gangly tentacles, but Stanley has two handles… Other jellyfish have a magical glow, but Stanley has stripes…
Bag in the Wind
By Ted Kooser
In a singular first children’s book, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser follows a plastic bag on its capricious journey from a landfill into a series of townspeople’s lives.