Adaptation, Classification, Lifecycle and Ecosystems

If you’re hungry for more, we offer a variety of workshops and talks where our expert staff will fill you in on the daily adaptation, survival techniques, feeding and the breeding habits of marine creatures!

You can book a workshop in addition to school admission by calling 0871 663 1679*. If you have any questions you can get in touch with Nadia our schools advisor by emailing schools@londonaquarium.co.uk.

For our school admission rates please visit our admission and bookings page.

 

Nursery and pre-schools

Turtle Tea Party – Interactive Storytime £2.55 per child

This session gives our youngest visitors a fun and memorable experience whilst helping them to make progress in a number of specified areas laid out by the EYFS framework including understanding the world, physical development and communication and language.

The session is comprised of three main sections, the first being a discussion followed by a mix and match game about what some of our animals (and themselves!) should and shouldn’t eat. There is then a lively story in which children can listen and are encouraged to participate. The children will then play a recycling game introducing the concept of conservation.

This is a fun session with a number of elements to keep children engaged and introduce them to marine life and the issues that it faces.

Primary Schools

Our Primary School Programme is perfect for introducing pupils to a range of scientific topics and encouraging excitement and curiosity about marine phenomena in the natural world. What is more in addition to our self-guided learning resources our workshops are designed to support several core elements of the National Curriculum.

KS1 Adaptation: Commotion in the Ocean £3.35 per pupil

Commotion in the Ocean is a 30minute workshop which explores animals that live in very different environments and what adaptations they have developed to help them cope with their surroundings. Your class will compare the adaptations of an Antarctic penguin with those of a tropical seahorse to further their understanding of why different animals look the way they do and how their body is designed to help them hide, find food, defend themselves from predators, fight and much more.

To wrap it all up they will be tasked with designing their own, new to science, sea creatures using our cartoon creature packs and the knowledge they have gained during their session.

Students will:

  • Learn about the different oceans of the world and should understand that animals within these oceans differ
  • Learn that animals have different adaptations to survive in the habitats that they live in
  • Be able to apply what they have learnt about habitats and adaptations to design their own marine animal

 

KS2 Classification: Undersea Britain £3.35 per pupil

A 45 minute workshop, Undersea Britain gives children the opportunity to discuss different habitats and adaptations as well as looking specifically at some of the fabulous marine life found right here in British waters.

Can your class identify which species are found in local waters and which live somewhere else entirely? We will also test their ability to use flow charts and have a go at classifying different marine species. You’ve probably already learned about mammals, birds and reptiles, but have you ever heard of a crustacean, echinoderm or cnidarian?

By the end of this session you’ll be an expert in identifying all three groups! Your class will finish by getting creative and designing their own magnificent marine creatures using our cartoon creature packs and the knowledge they have gained during their session.

Students will:

  • Understand that the waters around Britain contain a large diversity of marine life
  • Learn that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways according to common characteristics and based on similarities and differences
  • Be able to explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things

 

NEW KS2 Life Cycles: Ocean Invaders £3.35 per pupil 

Partner our brand new immersive experience ‘Ocean Invaders: Enter the World of Jellyfish’ with our new workshop in Life Cycles! Your students will be encouraged to understand that all animals go through a life cycle and as well as acting out the four stages of a butterfly life cycle, in groups they will explore and compare the life stages of a frog, polar bear and penguin. They will then have a go at naming and exploring the various stages of the jellyfish life cycle including polyp, ephyra and medusa. The final part of the workshop will explore Jellyfish blooms and the factors that are contributing to their invasion of our oceans!

Students will:

  • Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things
  • Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
  • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents

Download our free supporting before and after visit activities here

Secondary Schools

Our secondary school programme allows pupils to come face to face with marine ecosystems and observe structure and function of living organisms, their evolution and where they sit within a food web. 

KS3: Underwater World Tour £3.35 per pupil

Our underwater world tour is a 45minute guided tour around some of our main aquarium displays. Our expert Guest Experience team will explain why a Green Sea turtle is green? What extra senses do sharks have to help them hunt? Why crocodiles never run out of teeth, and much much more! With a minimum of one month’s notice, this tour may be tailored to cover areas of specific interest; for example focusing on marine threats and conservation, hunting adaptations or camouflage.

Students will:

  • Visit a variety of different habitats around the globe and will be able to identify these places on the globe
  • Be able to compare animals from different habitats, looking at their different characteristics and why they may have these
  • Be able to look closer at artefacts, such as a turtle shell, to build a greater connection with the ocean and improve understanding of marine animals

KS2-KS4: Behind the Scenes Tour £5.30 per pupil

Team up with our expert aquarist guides to go deep behind the scenes at SEA LIFE London Aquarium and discover how we care for over 600 marine and fresh-water species. For 45mintues you’ll have privileged access to the working areas usually closed to the public where you can learn about our extensive breeding, research and conservation programmes and see how the fish food is prepared!

Students will:

  • Understand more about the running of an aquarium
  • Learn about Quarantine and the reasons that animals may be located in this area
  • Understand issues that the team could potentially face daily and what it takes resolve these issues
  • Learn about the food that we give to the different animals, and the importance of a nutritious diet for our animals

 

Sensory Sessions

For groups with disabilities or special requirements we offer the opportunity to come in before we open to the public for a private tour around the main aquarium displays with a team of our Guest Experience staff. As you travel through an empty aquarium at your own pace, our expert staff will not only wow you with incredible creature facts but also pass around fascinating objects to give your group the opportunity to stroke a real sea turtle shell, inspect an alligator’s teeth and discover what real shark skin feels like.

In order to give your group this exclusive access these sessions are limited to 9am on off-peak, weekday mornings. £2.55 per pupil.