Key Stage 2

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  • Age: 8 - 11 year olds
  • Group Size: Up to 30 students per tour

The class will be guided through the aquarium by an expert and will cover topics such as; simple food chains i.e. sharks as an apex predator (Strand 1) recycling and the issue of plastic waste (Strand 1, 3 & 4). Animal life cycles how some fish, sharks even jellyfish give birth (Strand 4).  Migration of birds (importance of the Lough) or summer species such as sharks and turtles (Strand 2) and the people and organisations that protect these environments (Strand 4).

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:

Delving Deep in 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 the rock pool we have on site – learning what the different animals are and how they are adapted to live in a rock pool environment, learning about the challenges this habitat presents. This workshop aims to encourage scientific thinking by engaging the students in an interactive workbook, requiring them to use the knowledge they have gained throughout their visit to the aquarium. The rock pool workshop will encourage children to show interest in the wildlife around them, how to responsibly interact with it, and learn how to draw a scientific conclusion by asking the right questions.

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Human Impacts to the Environment

Students will tour the aquarium with an aquarist, culminating in a 30 minute workshop dealing with human impacts to our oceans. Students will engage in practical games and activities to help them understand how our everyday habitats can cause big consequences locally and around the world. Students will learn about ocean currents and the transport of pollution around the world and be tasked with ‘cleaning up the Pacific Ocean’ and saving our wildlife. At the end of the workshop the students will come away with an appreciation for their actions affecting others around them and be equipped to live more environmentally friendly.

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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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