Key Stage 1 & 2
Nothing brings the Primary National Curriculum to life quite like a visit to the National Marine Aquarium. Experience the full wonder of the Oceans and their enchanting habitats, from the secret world of Atlantic rockpools to breath-taking tropical seas. Take advantage of our Learning Centre where children can try their hand at animating ancient sharks or conducting their own science experiments in the Aqualab.
Guided Tour £0.75 per student
The most recommended option from our visiting teachers, an Interactive Tour is a learning outside the classroom experience that can’t be beaten! Allowing your students to be fully immersed in the awe inspiring exhibits of the Aquarium, our highly trained teaching team will work with you to meet the needs of your students and cover your National Curriculum learning objectives.
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Upgrade your visit with a workshop for just £1.50 per student
To make even more out of your time with us, why not add one or more of the following activities to your visit? These are a great way of extending the learning of your students by taking advantage of the Aquarium’s JustAddH2O Headquarters. Keep scrolling down to v
The following workshops have been designed specifically with the Key Stage 1 & 2 National Curriculum in mind and last approximately 1 hour. Each makes a fantastic addition to your Explorer Visit or Interactive Tour, whether it’s science, numeracy, literacy or art and design there’s sure to be something for you.
Learn all about habitats in the Oceans. Find out who lives there, then make your own wearable hats complete with the species you’ve seen today.
Uncover ancient fossils, solve the mysteries of the past and re-create an ancient dinosaur in your classroom.
Engage all your senses as you get hands-on with artefacts and objects from across the world’s Oceans.
The Ocean is a big old place, full of all sorts of habitats and inhabitants, but is there such a thing as the perfect fish? …Can you make it?
Investigate the stomach contents of a Hammerhead Shark and find out what we can do to help care for the Oceans.
Make a multi-layered habitat card using stacked acetate and complete it by adding your own hidden inhabitants.
Floating Food Chains
Create these beautiful hanging wall decorations as a perfect reminder of everything you’ve learnt about food chains and webs at the Aquarium.
Evolution: Create a Creature
Only the strongest survive in this exciting evolution game that keeps everyone coming back for more!
Try an engineering activity based on our real life shark movements. Can you build a crane to lift a Hammerhead Shark?
Explore the worlds tropical reefs with our team through a variety of experiments and investigations in the AquaLab.
The perfect introduction to science, with hands-on experiments and interactive learning in our purpose-built lab.
Explore contrasting environments using virtual reality headsets. Can you crack the challenges of map making?
STEM Shows £1.00 per student
Full of entertaining volunteer opportunities and engaging science demonstrations, our fun, interactive STEM Shows are guaranteed to provide lasting memories for students and teachers alike whilst reinforcing the learning experience. STEM Shows are particularity suitable for larger groups and last approximately 30 minutes.
Slimy Seas Show KS 1 & 2
The world’s Oceans are full of creatures who’ve learnt to use slime in all sorts of surprising ways and the Slimy Seas Show is a great way of discovering them. Your students will love getting involved, with some even joining our presenters on the stage to take part in some eye-opening demonstrations!
Our Blue Planet KS 2
The Our Blue Planet show is the perfect addition to a great day of discovering the Oceans. This STEM Show highlights the conservation issues facing the Oceans and their inhabitants and will ensure your students leave with an understanding of how they can help.
Boat Trips: £125 per class
Rockpooling: £100 per class
Snorkel Safari: £250 per group (max 15)
Kids Afloat: £250 per class
Scientific Boat Trips
Hope onboard as we set sail around Plymouth Sound, investigating our local waters using a variety of scientific equipment and experiments.
Explore our local rockpools, learning how to safely find, identify and handle native coastal creatures
Learn the skills needed to dive beneath the waves, discovering the incredible marine life on our own coastline.
All of our Workshops and STEM Shows are available as outreach activities so if you’d like us to bring the experience to you get in touch and we’ll give you a call to talk through your ideas.
Adult prices & ratios
Free accompanying adults are welcome with all school groups within the following ratios:
- 1:7 free adults for KS 1 & 2 groups
- Free additional adults in a full time 1:1 classroom support role
- Extra adults at £6.50 each
Additional information for group leaders
The following downloadable documents provide additional information that may be helpful in organising your visit to the National Marine Aquarium:
- Parent Information – The Aquarium
- Public liability insurance certificate
- Aquarium Pre-Visit-Information
- Public Visits, Explorer, Meet the Mermaid and D&L Internal Events- NMA_Risk Assessment
- Interactive Tours and Groups – Risk Assessment
To discuss a booking, or for further information contact us now using the form below, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us direct on 01752 275 233