A Swimmingly Wonderful Junior School Excursion

Thank you to Sophie Apperly for this week’s post about the Junior School excursion to the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

As part of the Junior School’s Geography Inquiry Unit – “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” the Year 1 and Year 2 students ventured into the city for lunch by the Yarra at Batman Park and then to the ‘Save our Seas’ program at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

The students observed many different species of sea life throughout the afternoon. The students learnt about different sea habitats, features of sea animals and the ways in which they can assist in protecting our waterways and marine life.

It was a great excursion and many of the ideas, images and learning from the day have been incorporated into literacy and numeracy activities back in the Year 1 and 2 classrooms.

Here are some of the students’ reflections from their experience…

Something interesting about the aquarium was the tunnel because fish can swim above us and beside us. I felt that I was swimming with the sting rays and the sharks. Jason S. 2DP

I really enjoyed watching the penguins. We learnt how to bow and then we bowed to them. The penguins bowed back. They were so, so cute. Alicia 2DP

It was really interesting at the Aquarium. I learnt so many things but when I saw the crocodile I felt scared. Ellen 2DP

I enjoyed how we learnt about all the different sea animals and I felt sad when I learnt that the coral reef was dying. This means that all the fish have to leave their home. Hunter 1SL

I learnt that an Octopus has three hearts and blue blood. Freddie 1SL

I saw two wonderful extremely cute sea turtles at the Aquarium. I learnt that if you throw plastic in the lake the turtles can eat it. It was fascinating that sea turtles can grow to about 1 metre high. Rayna 1SA

I saw jellyfish at the Aquarium. I liked the colours and bodies. It was interesting because it had cool tentacles, changes colours and goes up and down and breathes. Levin 1SA

I saw a Groper at the Aquarium. I was fascinated by its size. I learnt that it could grow twice the size it was. It was in the protected glass with lots of other sea creatures. He was even in there with a mermaid. Eve 1SA

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