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Exclusive guided Primary programs

SEA LIFE Melbourne's Underwater Zoo education team offer a range of exclusive guided programs. With a range of  options available you will be able to develop the perfect day out of the classroom, for every school level.

Guided Primary Programs

(Early childhood and 4-5 years)

The Watery Wonders program gives Early Childhood students the opportunity to explore the underwater world of SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium in a safe indoor environment. We provide the choice of one of the options below to suit your particular group’s requirements.

Option 1

The session involves 30 minutes of play-based activities in our education room with one of our educators, where they are encouraged to role-play, explore and imagine. Our activity stations engage students in sustainability issues and sensory play with authentic artefacts. Students can pretend to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured marine life, learn about responsible fishing and explore marine treasures. They then embark on a guided tour around the highlights of the aquarium to view penguins, sharks, stingrays and the crocodile as well as the chance to interact with live animals in our rock pool exhibit.

Option 2

During this program, your group will embark on a 2 hour guided tour around the aquarium with one of our educators, including the opportunity to see all 12 amazing habitat zones. Throughout the journey, there are opportunities for story-telling and artefact handling as well as the chance to interact with live animals in our rockpool and rainforest exhibits.

Please note the following:

• Groups are encouraged to arrive to the aquarium 20 minutes early to ensure students have the chance to have a snack in the surrounding area before beginning the program 
• Our educators will ensure students are taken to the toilets at the beginning, conclusion, and throughout the program as required.
• Early Childhood groups have a teacher-to-student free of charge ratio of 1:3
• Additional adult attending will be charged a discounted rate of $19.50 plus  GST. These adults must arrive with the guided group and will be included on the group invoice.

All Early Childhood bookings will be supplied with a PDF Social Story with photos in the week before the excursion to assist students in preparing for the day.

Details

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

Students will embark on an underwater journey to meet the amazing animals on display and discover their unique features. Students will identify the basic needs of living things and learn about the diverse ways animals survive in their habitats. They will also learn how some animals’ features change as they grow from babies to adults.Victorian Curriculum

Connections:


• Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

o Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
o Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043) Students will embark on an underwater journey to meet the amazing animals on display and discover their unique features. Students will identify the basic needs of living things and learn about the diverse ways animals survive in their habitats. They will also learn how some animals’ features change as they grow from babies to adults.

• Science Inquiry Skills: Planning and conducting

o Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)
o Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

Key focuses include:

o Basic needs of living organisms
o Marine environments and habitats
o Animal survival and adaptation
o Growth and change in marine animals

Details:

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

 SEA LIFE educators will introduce students to a variety of habitats and the fascinating animals which call them home. During this full building tour, students will deepen their understanding of the differences between living, once living and products of living things by examining ocean artefacts and a range of unique organisms. Students will also be given the tools to identify animals based on physical characteristics and classify them into groups.

Victorian Curriculum Connections:

• Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

o Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

• Science Understanding: Science as a human endeavour

o Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)

Key focuses include:

o Characteristics of living, once living and products of living things
o External features of animals
o Classification
o Animal survival and adaptation

Details:

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

During this full building tour, students will explore a wide variety of Australian and Antarctic habitats and investigate the lives of the species who live there. Students will identify the roles species have in food chains and the impact humans can have on these. They will also observe animals in different stages of their life cycles and learn about the diverse ways marine creatures have young.

Victorian Curriculum Connections:

• Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

o Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive(VCSSU058))

• Science Understanding: Science as a human endeavour

o Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions(VCSSU056)

Key focuses include:

o Life cycles
o Food chains
o Habitats
o Ecosystems

Details:

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

With a focus on extreme habitats including Antarctica, coral reefs and Rock Pools, students will investigate how animals have adapted to survive in a variety of conditions, and how these influence their growth and survival. Students will study the extreme weather conditions in Antarctica and learn how humans have used technology to overcome the challenges of the continent, from early explorers to modern day scientists. They will use this as a base to examine how animals have adapted to survive in a range of challenging Antarctic and Australian habitats, and consider the influence of changing environmental conditions. Students will also participate in a hands-on investigation using model jaws to discover how dentition and jaw shape are adapted to different diets.

Victorian Curriculum Connections:

• Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

o Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
o The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)
  
• Science Understanding: Science as a human endeavour

o Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (VCSSU079)

Key focuses include:

o Australian habitats
o Extreme environments
o Adaptations for survival
o Antarctic conditions

Details

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

 

Adapted to the group’s age and focus, this full building tour will introduce students to amazing species as they learn about sustainability in our oceans. Students will get up close with animals from diverse habitats and discuss some of the human impacts threatening their survival. Students will explore these issues and leave empowered to make a difference by learning how small actions can make a big change.

Key focuses include:

• Marine environments and habitats
• Animal survival and adaptations
• Conservation issues and actions
• Marine Sustainability

Details

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

Recommended for students on camp, City Experience, English language students or those visiting for the experience rather than a key learning focus, this program has more time for exploration and inquiry led questions. One of our engaging educators will guide students through all exhibits to observe animals in Australian and Antarctic habitats and lead relevant discussions. The tour is made more exciting with a viewing of the Ice-Age 4D cinema, visit to the interactive rock pools and an additional animal encounter included (subject to availability) within the two hour tour.

Key focuses include:

o More time to explore and ask questions
o 4D cinema viewing
o Rock pools
o Additional animal interaction (subject to availability)

Details

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

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