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Enhance students' relationship with the ocean and the other blue spaces near them

Nature has been proven to help our wellbeing and make us feel happier and calmer.

As well as parks and woodlands, many people find watery blue spaces help their wellbeing. All around us are blue spaces that we can experience - both big and small - from a local pond, canal, river, or lake, to the biggest blue space in the world: the ocean.

Blue mind and wellbeing assembly

Our assembly is a great way to introduce students to the concept of wellbeing. Join our Education Manager, Jenny Griffiths, for a guided meditation to connect students to a blue space close to them.

Wellbeing & blue spaces workshop

In our video lesson, join Education Officer, Rachael Wright, to explore the benefits of blue spaces on our health and wellbeing.

Initial activities focus on connecting students to the ocean in order to establish an awareness and appreciation of how the ocean contributes to our life. The second half focuses on activities to help students understand their feelings associated with blue spaces, and realise the benefits we can all gain from blue experiences.

The lesson starts with an introduction to the topic. Activity suggestions will then be introduced throughout the video, and you will have the opportunity to pause the video to conduct the activity as a class. If you complete all activities, the lesson should last around 1 hour.

Activity: What do blue spaces mean to me?

After the workshop, students could use this template to answer the question, 'what do blues spaces mean to me?' This is a self-led reflective exercise and shouldn’t be guided by teachers.

It's vitally important that our blue spaces are protected, not only to preserve diversity, but because of the wellbeing benefits they provide for millions of people.

After completing this activity, you could send the worksheet to your local politician so that pupils feel empowered, knowing their voices and feelings are being heard.

Fishing boat leaves Abercastle harbour Wales Daniel Morris

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