Key Stage 1

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The class will be guided through the aquarium by an expert and will cover topics such as; different habitats (temperate coastal, tropical reefs, open-ocean etc.) within our oceans and the animals that live there (Strand 1) How different animals are adapted differently to move through the water; otters, seals, fish, sharks even jellyfish all move differently (Strand 2) and how animals adapt differently to their environments by developing different strategies to survive (Strand 3).

We offer 3 types of educational tours, please click on the tabs below to find out more.

Duration: Approx. 75 minutes
Price per pupil: £9.00

What’s included:
– Guided tour of the aquarium
– Curriculum based workshop

Please select from one of the workshops below:

Reaching into the rock pool

Students will tour the aquarium with an aquarist learning about the different types of habitats animals can live in and why they are important. The tour will culminate in a 30 minute classroom-session with an aquarist where the children will get to explore a mock rock pool – learning what the different animals are and how they are adapted to live in the rock pool. The workshop ends with a visit to our live rock pools.  This workshop will aim to encourage scientific thinking at an early age through the use of fun and interactive classroom session, getting the children to engage hands on within the rock pool.

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Animal Madness

Students will tour the aquarium with an aquarist to learn in depth about the animals that live in the ocean, and how they differ from one another. Students will explore the different types of animals in Exploris (Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Amphibians, Fish and Invertebrates) through interactive activities which will focus on the key characteristics of each group. The Tour will culminate in a 20 minute classroom session where the children will complete a workbook based on what they learned and saw during the tour. Workbooks will encourage students to identify the animals they have just encountered and identify how they move, eat and breathe in different ways. We aim to get children excited about the amazing animals that live in our oceans, and allow them to begin to understand how the animal kingdom is made up.

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Duration: Approx. 45 minutes
Price per pupil: £7.00

What’s included:
Guided tour of the aquarium

The class will be guided through the aquarium by an aquarist. Students will learn a brief the history of the aquarium, the significance of its location and a history of Strangford Lough.

The tour will continue through the aquarium discussing some of our more unique species and points of interests, as well as current conservation issues.

Students will also learn how the seal unit rescue, rehabilitate and release Northern Ireland’s seals.

Duration: We advise allowing a minimum of 60 minutes for your visit
Price per pupil: £5.00

Pupils will tour the aquarium at their own pace guided by their teacher.

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