At Blue Reef Aquarium Tynemouth, we’re keen to help young people everywhere learn more about marine life and the ocean. We offer a host of educational opportunities for students of all ages, from nursery and primary to secondary and higher education.
Our school trips are both educational and exciting, helping children to learn about important topics in an inspiring environment. After all, where best to get to grips with marine habitats, ocean life cycles and food chains, and animal classification than at an aquarium where children can directly see the creatures?
Find out more about our different school trip packages below. Once you’re ready to organise and book your trip, give our team a call on 0191 258 1031.
|Peak (May-Aug)||Off Peak (Sept-Apr)|
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Nursery - 1:4
Primary - 1:6
Secondary - 1:10
Although we’ll tailor your visit to your needs, please see below for an example timetable of your day with us.
* Subject to availability, some slots have no indoor packed-lunch area.
Our workshops provide a unique and interactive learning experience for your group. Each session includes hands-on activities, educational worksheets, and animal demonstrations, and is designed to cover specific curriculum topics whilst still encouraging fun!
Workshops last for approximately 30 minutes per group (of 30 children). Each visit includes one educational workshop per group. Choose from our selection of seven exciting topics.
Can be tailored to any Key Stage
Meet our real-life rockpool creatures in an interactive, hands-on encounter. This workshop will teach children all about the fascinating creatures in rockpools, and will highlight how they have adapted to survive in one of the toughest habitats on Earth.
Key Stage 1
Investigate the different habitats at our aquarium – from colourful coral reefs to cold, sandy seabeds. Children will learn how animals adapt to their habitats to survive, asking questions such as “How do harbour seals keep warm in icy water?” and “How do animals avoid their predators using camouflage?”.
Key Stage 2
The marine environment creates unique challenges to the cycle of life, some of which have been met with amazing adaptability. This workshop follows many incredible animals from birth to adulthood, showcasing how they survive and reproduce. Children will also learn about the threats that are jeopardising these animals’ survival, and how humans can help protect and conserve them.
Upper Key Stage 2 and 3
Animals can be grouped into different families, like ‘fish’ or ‘mammal’. This workshop explores the huge variety of animals (of all shapes and sizes) in each family, discussing the creatures at the aquarium and the features that make them a part of the groups they are in. Using a number of living specimens, children will be able to identify which family an animal belongs to and will get the chance to label its basic anatomy.
Key Stage 2
This workshop dives into the world of sharks, discussing the anatomy and physiology of these ocean giants, focusing on the differences between shark skeletons and those of other vertebrates. Children will also get a close look at a shark’s dentition, including the different types of teeth and their primary uses. There is also a hands-on, close-up look at shark jaws, teeth, skin, and egg cases.
Key Stages 3 and 4
Discussing the theory of life’s evolution from water onto land, this workshop – aimed at older children – journeys through generations of creatures. Children will learn about how similar creatures have adapted to very different environments, about the features that can and cannot be inherited from one generation to the next, and about the importance of fossils when learning about the past, with a hands-on look at these fascinating pieces of history. The topic of extinction is also covered, asking the question why certain animals have and do become extinct.
You can easily organise your school trip. Simply give a member of our team a call on 0191 258 1031. We can talk through any of your queries and ensure that your day with us is specifically tailored to your needs.