Out of the classroom and into the environment
Imagine living in an environment where temperatures soar between extremes, you’re under water one minute and in air the next, exposed to predators on both sides! Then throw in some manmade marine pollution to complicate matters further. Now you are beginning to picture what life is like on a rocky shore…
The National Aquarium of New Zealand offers an amazing learning experience outside the classroom for students to investigate life on the rocky shore with Aquarium educators in Napier, Hawke’s Bay. You don’t get more hands on than breathing in the salty air while you’re perched over a rock pool peering in to see what life you can find.
Our Rocky Shore Study session focuses on biodiversity on the rocky shore, the adaptations animals have to this extreme environment, the role tides play and the issues that can arise from rubbish and water pollution. Students are given explicit support for health & safety expectations in this environment before exploring the rock pools and shore to see what they can find. Species are identified with the help of the Aquarium educators and specific adaptations to this environment are uncovered.
The learning outcomes for this exploratory session can be adapted from lower primary up to secondary school levels.
Lower primary students are encouraged to use a lot of descriptive language to help identify what an animal might be to begin to conceptualise how many different kinds of plants and animals live on the rocky shore (biodiversity).
Upper primary students will be challenged to identify the kinds of features that could be adaptations to this harsh environment. They’ll also begin to explore the early concepts of variation, just by noticing similarities and differences within animals of the same kind (or species).
Secondary students utilise higher level methodology such as transects to explore biodiversity, percentage cover and other scientific concepts.
For anyone visiting from outside of Hawke’s Bay, this fantastic experience can be supplemented with an Aquarium sleepover, where you actually get to sleep next to the 1.5 million litre Oceanarium! Imagine waking up face to face with a shark, stingray or blue cod! Hopefully they will sleep after all that fresh air and excitement…
For more information call a member of our education team on 06 834 1404 or learn more here.
30 July 2019