Classes for Schools

Classes for Schools

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All classes follow the same structure:

An interactive ‘Aim’ that highlights the key words and learning objectives for that particular class.

A series of interactive games and demonstrations that require the children to work together and also put forward their own ideas.

The chance to come face to face with one of our creatures that we have learnt about (starfish or crab).

A review in the form of quick quizzes and active demonstrations of how much they enjoyed their experience.

New for 2021 – Plastic, The Sea and Me!

This class is for nursery and early primary school pupils and is all about pollution in the ocean.  Pupils will be taught all about what plastics are and why they are bad for the animals in our waters through an interactive game that lets them see how much plastic there is currently in our oceans and how fish and humans may eat this.  !

  Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why plastic is bad for ocean animals.
  • Identify what belongs in a rockpool (animals and rocks) and what doesn’t belong (cans, plastic etc.).
  • Understand more about the animals that live in the ocean now and about how we can help look after them.

New for 2021 – Our Ocean and Nurdles!

This Class is focused on one of the biggest problem effecting Scottish Oceans. Nurdles!  For such and important issue there is very little in the media about the topic however you will become experts in this class about nurdles.  Nurdles are a micro-plastic which pupils will learn about and discover why these are bad for the animals in the sea.

Your Class will take part in an interactive nurdle hunt where they will learn how to identify these micro-plastics and what we can do to help reduce their presence on beaches and in the Ocean.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what a nurdles are and what damage they can do to the environment
  • Understand how to identify micro-plastics and what we can do to stop them reaching the animals in our oceans

Class – Who’s Hungry?

This fun and interactive class covers introductions to Food Chains and Food Webs. The children end up all of a tangle once they have created their own Food Web and get the chance to demonstrate a Food Chain in front of the rest of the class. After they have de-tangled themselves they get to learn about a creature in their food web and even the chance to come face to face with them!

    Learning Objectives:

  • Explore examples of food chains and show an appreciation of how animals and plants depend on each other for food.
  • Understand that some things in our environment are more important than I first thought as other creatures rely on these for food and if this animal became extinct this will change the food webs for many other animals.

 ‘Who’s Hungry?’ Worksheet here

New for 2021 – Adaptations

Animals throughout the years have had to adapt to their environment in many different ways.  In this class pupils will learn about some of the different ways that animals have changed physically to survive against predators and their ever-changing environments.

The pupils will then have the opportunity to put what they learned into practice in our Virtual Aquarium.
hey will draw their own fish with adaptations to fit their environment and see their creations swim around.

Learning Objectives:

  • I can identify animals who have evolved to have adaptations and can identify why these were needed.
  • I know what adaptations animals would need to make for different environments

New for 2021 – Predators and Prey

In this Class we will discover the difference between a predator and their prey and investigate how they fit into different food chains.  We will look at how different animals hunt and what attributes give them the ability to be the Apex Predator in their environment.

The pupils will join in to see weather we can identify different predators and uncover if any animals are both predators and prey.

Learning Objectives:

  • I can identify animals who are predators and what attributes help them hunt
  • I understand more about food chains and how some animals are able to be both predators and prey

Class – Sharks

When asked to think about a shark, most people picture “Jaws” a man eating shark. Here at Deep Sea World we will dispel this myth. Many shark species are endangered and need protecting.  We will learn about how sharks as a species differ from other marine life and more about the anatomy and conservation of our Shark population.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that sharks are often misrepresented in the media
  • Learn about the different parts of the shark’s anatomy and why this helps them to hunt and survive
  • Learn more about shark conservation and what can be done to help sharks who are endangered

Our Secondary Classes are all new for this year and will run as hour long sessions.  The classes will be taken by one of our Aquarists who specialise in marine conservation and environmental factors which effect our oceans.  These sessions will include an interactive talk and will test the class learning with an experiment or challenge.

New for 2021 – Climate Change and Ocean Acidification

In this class we will breakdown what climate change is and what are the real impacts that this is having on our environment.  The pupils will look at the factors that have been harming the planet and ways in which to combat further damage.  This class will also discuss what ocean acidification and although less publicised than climate change has been a key factor in damaging the ocean and cause some creatures to migrate or become extinct.

New for 2021 – Biodiversity and Pollution

In this class we will look at the volume of pollution that is created and how this becomes part of the ocean.  the class will discover the harmful effects pollution has on the animals and how the effects of one animal eating a dangerous substance can be passed through the food chain and end up in Apex predators such as sharks and even humans.

The class will look at the importance of biodiversity within different environments and how pollution has caused some animals to become extict changing food chains and having a negative effect on the biodiversity of the environment.

New for 2021 – Adaptation and Evolution

In this class we will look at how the changing natural environment has meant that many different species have had to change to survive whether this be through a physical modification or as a group change behaviour.  this class will uncover how some species have failed to adapt to their surroundings and how this caused them to become extinct.

The pupils will look at different predators and how they have had to evolve and and adapt to the different prey available in different environments and how some animals lower in the food chain have found ways to avoid their predators whilst continuing to sustain themselves by hunting.