Virtual Learning Experiences

Our Virtual Learning programme has been developed to deliver the same high quality, industry leading standards of curriculum linked education as our Aquarium Visits programme, without the complications of leaving the classroom. 

Our Virtual Learning experiences are available to student groups of any age, connecting them to the National Marine Aquarium as part of a formal curriculum. 

We currently offer two types of Virtual Learning experience: Virtual Tours and Virtual Workshops

Virtual Tours

Students enjoy an immersive under-water adventure as they journey across the world’s Oceans from the comfort of their own classrooms. Each tour is led by a member of our Schools Team who will guide your students around the exhibits, answering their questions and highlighting links to key stage specific curriculum topics and particular points of interest for those continuing their studies beyond the statutory National Curriculum. 

Included your the experience: 

  • 90 minutes of interactive Q&A time with our one of Schools Officers 
  • Full access to all aquarium exhibit areas 
  • Exclusive downloadable content: 4 post-tour activities, aimed at different key stages plus ‘Sea Spotters’ sheet for younger audiences to use throughout the tour. 

“The children (and staff) absolutely loved it! They were fascinated by what they saw and our Tour Leader was extremely knowledgeable and really enthusiastic, which the children loved!” 

Alison Richardson, Year 4 Teacher, Allenton Community Primary School.   

Virtual Workshops

Our fully interactive workshops bring all the excitement and learning of the National Marine Aquarium directly into the classroom. One of our Schools Officers (or mermaids!) will lead your students through a Virtual Workshop of your choice, each with a particular topic focus and format for a specific age range of student. These can be further fine-tuned to the needs of your group as part of the booking process. 

Included in your experience: 

  • 90 minutes of interactive Q&A time with our one of Schools Officers 
  • Exclusive downloadable content: A set of resources and materials to use before and after your experience, linked to the Learning Outcomes of each session. 

“Our children absolutely loved their encounter with Marina the Mermaid! They really enjoyed listening to her stories and learning about the variety of life under the sea”

Ms Brown, Reception Teacher  


Click here to download further information about our Virtual Learning for Schools Programme, including detailed Learning Outcomes and National Curriculum links for each of our activities. 

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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