Exploring life under the sea

The sea is an amazing habitat teaming with life. This session looks at different underwater creatures and how they move. It is led by an experienced member of the museum’s education team. During the session, pupils will be split into four groups and given a task which requires help from a group leader.

This workshop is available to book on Tuesdays.

Workshop details

This workshop introduces pupils to the sea and underwater animals. Pupils imagine what it would be like to live under the sea as staff use a parachute to simulate the waves. Pupils are put into four groups and given a bag of model sea creatures. With help from their adult and the session leader each group identifies these different animals and learns about how they move. The whole group then discusses what they have learned about the animals.

For the final part of the workshop pupils are free to look round the aquarium and take it in turns to come back to the demonstration area in small groups. Here they are able to come up close and actually touch some of the animals they have thought about in the workshop and see how they move underwater.

Practical information for your visit

Curriculum links

Key Stage 1 - Science

  • Animals including humans - be able to identify the names of some common animals’ describe and compare the structure of some common animals, identify and name some of these structures.
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are most suited and describe how they provide the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants and how they depend on each other.
  • Describe how animals and plants obtain their food and from other plants and animals using the idea of simple food chains.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

 Pupils will:

  • Learn the names of some aquatic animals.
  • Learn how the animals move under the sea.
  • Learn how the sea has varied places to live (habitats).
  • Learn how some animals are adapted for life in a rock pool.
  • Think about differences and similarities of animals.
  • Think about how to group things by similarities.


Pupils will be introduced to:

  • Marine habitats
  • Animal body parts
  • Identifying animals by similarities and differences
  • Classification of objects


 Pupils will:

  • Develop observation skills by learning how to look similarities in animals.
  • Improve their speaking and listening skills in a group discussion context.
  • Learn to give reasoned answers backed up by evidence.
  • Learn to handle animals with care and respect.


 Pupils will:

  • Enjoy a focused visit to the aquarium.
  • Be inspired to take an interest in the natural world and our coastline.
  • Learn to understand that different animals live in different habitats.
  • Learn how to recognize some common animals on our local shores.