Available on catch-up

Sand, sea and science | Aquarium Visit

Take a guided tour of the National Marine Aquarium, the UK's largest public aquarium and home to over 4,000 amazing marine creatures with a member of our dedicated school team from the comfort of your own classroom.

Broadcast on Thu 26 Nov 2020
  • 60 mins
  • Ages 11-14, Ages 14-16
Learning outcomes
  • Discover a variety of Ocean habitats and ecosystems, exploring the interactions between species and their environment and how they have evolved to survive.
  • Discover what it’s like being a biologist at the Aquarium, learning about how they provide the animals with the correct nutrition and ensure a high level of water quality.
  • Consider the impact that humans are having on our seas, including global warming and ocean acidification, and how conservation efforts are making a positive difference.

Your journey begins in our Plymouth Sound exhibit, where students will encounter some of our much loved, and most charismatic local life around the British Coasts. After this, they will move on to the largest tank in the whole of the United Kingdom – our Atlantic Ocean exhibit. Here, they will get a close-up look at our turtle, stingrays and sharks. The Tour continues on to our Blue Planet exhibits, where they will meet a wide variety of beautiful creatures that can be found in coral reefs across the world.

All tours are linked to the science curriculum and delivered by our fully trained Schools Officers, who will answer your students’ questions, and pose their own interesting questions to prompt and develop your students’ learning.

Supporting resources

Each Virtual Tour booking comes with access to five exclusive cross-curricular post-tour workshop activities. These are perfect for extending the learning of your pupils, ideal should you wish to run an Ocean themed activity day for your class.

Involving other classes

Yes, it is possible to add additional participants to the video link by agreement with our team during the booking stage at a cost of £60 per additional class. We are unable to admit unexpected guests into the meeting room, so please do not share with other classes unless by prior agreement with our administration team.

Equipment and technology

You will need access to a webcam, microphone and an internet connection. We recommend that you project the screen onto a whiteboard. The tours will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. If you do not have a Microsoft Teams account or have never used Microsoft Teams, then please don’t worry. You will receive detailed instructions on how to access the meeting in advance of the tour, and our dedicated team will be available to support you with any troubleshooting as you prepare for your tour. Microsoft Teams is a safe and secure communications platform of the highest quality.

Further information

If you would like to discuss any concerns with a member of our team, please call the National Marine Aquarium on 01752 275233.

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