Our past, our present, and whatever remains of our future, absolutely depends on what we do now. Health to the ocean means health for us. ~ Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer
Due to recent trends of climate change, as part of our SSDB project this year, the students have decided to embark on a journey about marine conservation and advocating for a healthy ocean.
- April: Launch party and pledge
We started the project with a launch party where children were introduced to the topic of ‘Marine Conservation’ through educational videos and discussions about how it relates to our slogan, ‘A healthy ocean starts with, ME!’. The children then took a pledge to do their part to advocate for a healthy ocean.
- May: Picture Talk
In May, the children learned how to protect the oceans and how their actions would impact marine life. Some examples are the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) using reusable bags, looking at logos on tin cans to choose sustainable seafood, sorting the recyclables from trash and turning off all electrical appliances when not in use.
- June: Field trip to the SEA Aquarium
In June, the children had the opportunity to participate in a guided tour where they learned about the threats that marine animals and their environment are facing, understand how their daily choices can affect the marine community and be inspired to practice sustainability and take action in protecting the marine environment. They even had a hands-on experience of touching the sea star!
- Extended learning activity
To extend and solidify children’s learning, they completed a KWL chart about their experiences and what they learned during their trip to the sea aquarium.
- July: Assembly talk
In July, we collaborated with SEA Aquarium educators to conduct an assembly talk held in the centre where they hosted an interactive and engaging session with the children.
This assembly talk included a sharing session about the current threats faced by the marine animals and follow-up by the see- think-wonder segment to encourage curiosity and inquiry among children. The children also participated in a brainstorming session on the topic of marine conservation.