ocean with fish and ray
Home Education

Under the sea topic ideas

In our home school, we use topics as the main focus and we have just finished learning about under the sea. Here is a list of ideas to help give you inspiration if you are going to learn about under the sea in your home school too.


  • Cook iced starfish biscuits (Cooking)
  • Make a cardboard fish tank with foil fish (Art)
  • Write an acoustic poem for ‘Under the sea’ (English)
  • Use a tutorial to draw a hermit crab (Art)
  • Cook a seafood dinner (Cooking)
  • Write a persuasive argument as to which sea creature is better (English)
  • Bake smarties fish cupcakes (Cooking)
  • Make a light up jar aquarium (Art)
  • Go crabbing (Science)
  • Paint under the sea watercolour paintings (Art)
  • Visit an aquarium (Science)
  • Make a bar chart of the size of different types of whale (or any animal) (Maths)

A girl sitting on the beach sketching

Films and Documentaries (D)

  • Shark Tale
  • Finding Nemo
  • Finding Dory
  • The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans (D)
  • A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures
  • Shark (D)
  • Ocean Wonders (D)
  • Life in the Blue (D)
  • Martin Clunes: Man to Manta (D)

Useful books

  • Ocean by Dr. Miranda MacQuitty
  • Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue by National Geographic Kids
  • Sailing the Great Barrier Reef by Alex Woolf
  • 10 Reasons to Love a Whale by Catherine Barr
  • Whales and Dolphins by Camilla De la Bédoyère
  • Sharks by Anne Schreiber

Useful websites

Interactive notebook work

I made a template for learning about sea life in our oceans which I have added to my freebie library. If you do not have the password, simply sign up to my newsletter and you will be emailed the code. You are of course, free to unsubscribe at any time. 

There are so many different things you could study when doing this topic, here is a list of the ones that we looked at and which are included in the template. 

  • The ocean
  • Jellyfish
  • Fish
  • Seahorses
  • Starfish
  • Turtles
  • Crabs
  • Dolphins
  • Whales
  • Sharks
  • Rays
  • Octopie

There you have it, I hope that this list inspires you to have lots of creative learning fun in your home school while learning about the topic of under the sea. 


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