Cool Seas Explorer

Take your teaching to the beach.

Years: 4, 5

Duration: 240mins

Curriculum Objectives: 2

Subject: Cross Curricular

Resource Overview

The activities in this booklet are intended to provide teachers or group leaders with possible activities to run on the beach with their students/children. As each activity takes about 45 minutes, it is suggested that you select two or three activities to complete, depending on the overall length of the visit. Beach cleaning is not only about tidying up our beaches and preventing harm to our marine life, it is also about data collection. As part of their Beachwatch programme, the Marine Conservation Society have been collecting data on beach litter for over 20 years, to build the evidence base on litter levels in the UK. The information they collect is used to raise awareness, shape campaigns and lobby government and industry for changes to try and stop litter reaching our beaches in the first place. If you are taking part in an organised beach clean event the data collected will feed into the litter programmes and wider pollution work.

Thank you to the Marine Conservation Society for allowing us to share this resource.




Resource Assets


Cool Seas Explorers Resource Pack

Packed full of activities ranging from beach cleans to treasure hunts, a limpet game to a focus on echolocation.


Curriculum Objectives

  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.