On June 8th, Year 4 pupils at Bromsgrove Preparatory School celebrated World Ocean Day by connecting with experts across the globe.
A fascinating talk was given by Dr Foster about his conservation work, particularly with sharks in the Pacific Ocean. The children were excited to see a video of how Dr Foster and his team insert trackers under a shark’s skin, enabling monitoring of these incredible creatures. They were fascinated to learn how the shark population has dwindled by 90% over the last twenty years, causing an adverse effect on marine ecosystems.
Following this, the children joined ‘Digital Explorers’ for a live global broadcast speaking to an expert in marine biology. This amazing opportunity enabled the children to enhance their knowledge about the Blue Abyss. They were also able to ask some extremely interesting questions.
Mrs Gemma Billig, Year 4 teacher said “the focus this year for World Ocean Day was ‘plastic pollution’. Children were shocked to learn how polluted our oceans are, the effect this has on sea creatures and what we can do to help”. The message was powerfully delivered by Zoomarine’s educational department in Portugal via a video skype call.
Year 4 now understand the need to have a water bottle in school every day in order to avoid the use of plastic cups. Using recycled plastic materials, the pupils got creative by making some amazing jellyfish!