Primary School Programs

Primary Programs

Primary School programs are linked to the Australian National Curriculum and delivered by enthusiastic, highly qualified Marine Educators. They provide an interactive hands-on experience with our live marine animals, bringing curriculum learning to life and inspiring children to take responsibility for the marine ecosystem. Programs may be tailored to suit requirement.

Live Marine Animal Interaction

Baby Bamboo Shark, Fresh Water Turtle, Blue Linckia Seastars, Thorny Seastars, Tropical Sea Cucumber, Black Sea Cucumber, Sea Urchins

Artefact activity station

Fascinating artefacts, shark jaws, odd and interesting shells, replica sea creatures, reference guides

Educational resources

FREE thorough supporting information – videos, worksheets and more

Program duration: 60 minutes

 

FREE Colourful Kids Bookmark – FREE Risk Assessment – FREE Coming To Visit Poster

 

Primary School Program Themes 

 

Habitat RockpoolsHabitats – My Habitat My Home  

Students will: • Understand different animals live in different habitats • Discover the different habitats in the sea –  open ocean, coral reef, rocky shore, mangrove, sea grass and sandy beach • Learn why different animals live in different habitats • Discover animals may make changes to live in a certain habitat • Understand the connection between plants and animals – how they depend on each other and the surrounding environment to survive • Habitats Blog

Habitats video            Habitat & Adaptation Activity            Year 1 Habitats Worksheet

Life cycles turtle hatchlingLife Cycles – The Birth and Growth of Animals 

Students will:  • Learn different animals can reproduce and be born in different ways • Find out different animals also have different growth stages • Explore the life cycle of fish compared to a sea star • Discover the various ways different shark species are born •

Fish Life Cycle Diagram      Fish Life Cycle Activity     Sea Star Life Cycle Diagram    Sea Star Life Cycle Activity

Turtle Life Cycle Activity     Urchin Life Cycle Diagram    Urchin Life Cycle Activity

Earth Under ThreatHuman Impact – The Earth Under Threat

Understanding Human Impact – our conservation & pollution message influences how students care for the environment in their daily lives. Students will: • Learn some things humans do can harm the environment • Identify how changes to the marine environment like weather patterns, land clearing, over-fishing and pollution affect it and its creatures • Realise individuals can make a difference in caring for the environment, and the need for all humans to accept responsibility for maintaining it •

 

ClassificationClassification

Students will: • Discover scientific classification – the grouping of living things according to their observed features, the way they function and how they adapt to survive  • Understand why animals are classified into groups. • Discover similarities and differences between different animals. • Learn the importance of communicating scientifically. • Partake in simple classification of animals •

 

 

Adaptation and Animal BehaviourAdaptation and Animal Behaviour

Students will: • Understand how animals adapt to their specific habitat to move, feed and survive predation. • Learn animals may alter these characteristics to suit a changing environment •

 

 

 

Primary School Events

Primary ProgramsInteractive Marine Display 

Our Interactive Marine Displays are great for larger events such as Science Week, School Fun Days and Under 8s Day. They enable larger volumes of students to ‘walk through’ and interact with the marine animals and include a short talk at the displays •

 

 

Beach Walk Excursions

Beach Walk ExcursionBeach Walk Excursion – Hidden Treasure

Explore a sandy beach or rocky foreshore
Students will: Discover a beach is not barren but full of hidden life • Explore the important link the beach provides between land and sea • Understand the importance of beaches to the marine environment • Explore and discover the origin of sand • What we can all do to protect our oceans •

 

 

 

Testimonial

“Your professionalism, enthusiasm, vibrancy and love for what you do enabled the students to experience something different and special. The content and resources you brought along were most engaging and the students haven’t stopped talking about the special ocean creature… A superb and very worthwhile visit”. St Joachim’s School, Holland Park