Key Stage 3

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At Exploris our education program includes key stages 3 and 4 and we have tailored workshops, as part of our enhanced packages, these are suitable for students studying at GCSE and A Level. Our educational program aims to encourage the following:

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:

Sharks: Dominating our ocean

In this enhanced workshop we give the students an opportunity to learn more about the oceans greatest survivalist and predator: the Shark.  After a Tour of the aquarium to see some of the sharks that live here the Students will learn about the unique adaptions, their incredible senses which they use to hunt their food and find out how sharks reproduce.

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Who Eats What?

The guided tour will identify food webs within the natural world, based on species within Exploris Aquarium, to give students a wider appreciation for the complex web systems in the marine world. Then in the classroom session we will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the language and terminology relating to food chains and webs by being tasked with creating their own. Students will partake in a practical excercise where they will come up with their own food webs based upon a selection of animals they are given. We aim for students to leave with an appreciation of the complexity of the natural world, but how fragile this is. Throughout the food webs, students will learn how humans are intervening in these food chains, removing vital species from them for our own consumption. Students will have to work out the long term effects of removing one species from the food chain, the benefits and consequences.

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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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