Ever wondered what curious creatures are lurking just under our feet at the water’s edge? Come explore an indoor rock pool at our beautiful aquarium where you can interact live with our biologist Esther as she delves into a rock pool to discover the animals of the shallows and ask questions while she feeds the fish their breakfast in our local species zone.
This session is a great hook for the living things topic, including body form and function at key stage 1 and adaptation and habitats at key stage 2. If you want to take your students rockpooling or on a river ramble check out these Identity Keys free to download from Marine Conservation Society.
1. Introduction (5 minutes)
Esther welcomes the viewers to the live session and introduces herself and the aquarium. This is followed by an introduction hook to World Ocean Day and the ocean connection theme and a brief outline of the content of the session explaining how viewers can interact with the team.
2. Creatures of the rockpool (5 minutes)
We begin exploring the rockpool, pointing out key animals and familiar creatures such as limpets and crabs. We then delve deeper into the mysteries examining a mermaid's purse, a cuttlefish bone, and a pipefish.
3. Our ocean connection (10 minutes)
Moving on from examining the animals and explaining what they are, Esther will explain the rock pool code and how to explore rock pools responsibly. Even if children do not live near the sea, they can get connected to the ocean through green spaces and river rambles or even ponds. This section will also emphasise the importance of the ocean, including the food it provides. Speaking of food...
4. Fish Feeding (10 minutes)
Esther will show the local species tank and explain that it is modelled on the shallows just off the coast of the British Isles. Showing the food they will be fed, Esther will begin the feed talking through the different creatures and the adaptations to their habitat.
5. Q&A (10 minutes)
This is a chance for children to ask any questions they have about the creatures you might find in rock pools and how they can get involved, whether with school or during the holidays.
5. Summary (5 minutes)
Esther will finish the live lesson by re-emphasising our ocean connection and directing children and classes to the Identity Keys for their own ocean connection expedition and ask them to send us pictures of their experiences. Esther will also mention some of the other sessions available as World Ocean Day for Schools.
Biologist Education Officer, Ocean Conservation Trust