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KS2 Education: Children Aged 7-11

KS2 Education: Children Aged 7-11

Want the most exciting deep sea learning experience in the North West for your school trip day out? Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire offers an unforgettable look at the underwater world for your schoolchildren, that fits perfectly into your school curriculum. Whether they’re a class of budding marine biologists or simply endlessly fascinated by what lives in the world’s oceans, there’s no better marine-based learning experience in the North. 

The aquarium’s Key Stage 2 classroom sessions are suitable for children aged seven to eleven years old and we have four separate topics to choose from, each geared toward different age groups. Click on the tabs below for more details about each captivating classroom session. 

Download our new KS2 school pack here. This is where you’ll find all the information you need for your Blue Planet Aquarium school trip.

The following classroom session is suitable for children aged 5-8 years.

What’s it all about?

We start with identifying many different habitats and discussing which of our amphibians, insects, marine life and reptiles live there, we go on to discuss what adaptations the creatures have that enable them to successfully survive in their habitats.

What the session includes:

  • Interactive activities
  • Hands on activities
  • Animal encounter
  • Question and answer session

Things to find out:

  • How many legs does a crab have
  • Where do frogs lay frogspawn
  • How do starfish stop themselves from being washed out to sea

How does this fit the curriculum?

  • Key Stage 1 Identifying and classifying, using observations to discuss answers, introduction to food chains
  • Key Stage 2 Identifying differences, changes and similarities between living things, classification of animals based on location and features.

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The following classroom session is suitable for children aged 7-10 years.

What’s it all about?

Children identify different species of sharks and discuss differences in their physical appearance and characteristics.

children will be able to discuss and question the differences between shark teeth and jaws, gaining an understanding in why and how sharks use their teeth.

They learn about where different species of shark live and the dangers to their environments through global warming and other environmental factors.

‘Jawsome Sharks’ classroom session includes:

  • Interactive activities
  • Animal Encounters
  • Question and answer session

Things to find out:

Where are Nurse Sharks ‘teeth’

Where can you find Sand Tiger Sharks in the wild.

What is the fin that sits on the top of a shark called?

How does this fit the curriculum:

Key Stage 2   Using results to make simple conclusions, identifying differences and similarities between living things, skeletons and muscles, classification of animals, introduction to evolution, highlighting common characteristics between species.

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The following classroom session is suitable for children aged 9-13 years.

What’s it all about?

Children discuss and compare differences between land and marine animals feeding processes and habitats. They then identify and discuss the differences in lifecycles between marine life and land creatures, and how they have adapted to live in their environments.

What the session includes:

  • Interactive activities
  • Class discussion
  • Animal demonstration session
  • Question and answer session

Things to find out:

Can you name two characteristics of an insect?

Can animals live in more than one kind of habitat?

Is a frog an amphibian or a reptile?

How does this fit the curriculum:

Key Stage 2   Classification of living groups, highlighting common characteristics and differences between species, identify differences in the life cycles between land and marine animals; create conclusions and creating arguments in order to back up their findings.

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Have your pupils ever wondered what life is like deep in the tropical rainforests? If so, then our Key Stage 2 classroom session (suitable for children aged 8 to 11 years old) is the perfect way to introduce them to creatures that call our jungles home – from the tropical fish to the creepy crawlies. Read on to find out more about what this talk entails.

What Is It About?

Our KS2 classroom session focuses on all things tropical rainforests, and your pupils will…

  • Find out the main differences that distinguish pacus from piranhas, what makes some frogs poisonous, and whether millipedes really do live up to the ‘million legs’ claim
  • Learn to identify various species of insects, reptiles, and marine species that live in rainforests
  • Discuss said creatures’ characteristics and feeding processes, as well as how they’ve successfully adapted to living in their habitats
  • Learn about the changes happening to our rainforests, such as climate change and other environmental or man-made factors

If that’s not enough, your pupils will come face-to-face with one of our creatures as part of the session. In addition, they will also get to explore the rest of the aquarium!

How Does This Fit the Curriculum?

The ‘Tropical Rainforests’ classroom session has been designed to include the following elements:

  • Introduction to climate change and climate zones, which also includes some pointers to recognising how environments can and will change
  • Identification of the differences, similarities, and changes between living things
  • Classification of living groups, and how to highlight their common characteristics

If you think your child would enjoy spending a day with us learning about rainforests and the creatures in them, click here to download an e-copy of the factfile for more information – or you can call us on 0151 357 8804 if you wish to book a visit.

To book or find out more information call our school bookings team on 0151 357 8804.

Education Admission Prices 2021-22

School AdmissionsPrice (with VAT)
Junior Peak Child (May – August)£9.25
Junior Off Peak (September – April)£8.20
Additional Standard£16.60
Primary Classroom Session£35.50
Secondary Classroom Session£40.25

*Free teacher to child ratio: Nursery 1:4, Primary 1:6 Secondary 1:10

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