School Trips @ Merlin's Magical London

Inspirational for all ages, SEA LIFE London is a stimulating opportunity for teachers to bring learning on adaptation, ecosystems and conservation to life. Pupils will observe first hand creatures that live in the Pacific Ocean, rainforests of the worlds, colourful coral reefs, the frozen extremities of the Antarctica and closer to home the River Thames.

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Why book Merlin's Magical London for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Together, pupils will develop a love for the natural world as they dive into a world of amazing discovery! We will introduce them to some of our core sea creatures – from sharks and jellyfish to sea turtles and seahorses! Pupils will be able to identify different ‘creature features’, understand creatures’ needs, and explore ocean, river and even rainforest habitats – making some new, colourful, and incredible friends along the way!

The adventure can begin in your classroom with our free to download lesson plans. The first hour will encourage students to identify and describe sea creatures, the second hour lesson explores how human needs may differ or be the same in order to survive and be happy.

Our exclusive education rates are £6 per pupil from September to February and £7.95 between March and July, you can also add an education session to your visit for an additional £2 per pupil.

We are also Accredited with 'The LOtC Quality Badge', offering teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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Curriculum topics available: Animals including humans, Living things and habitats, Life Cycles, Habitats.

Offering 'real life' context to the terms 'habitat', 'micro-habitat', 'life-cycle' and 'eco-system', students have the opportunity to see for themselves how animals have different adaptations to survive in their habitats. The attraction is also an opportunity to use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things and recognise that environments can change as a result of human and physical activity and the consequences/dangers this can pose to living things.

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Curriculum topics available: Conservation, Climate change, Global warming, Rainforest, Plastic pollution.

Climate change, global warming, conservation and changing the world for the better... We have all heard these phrases being repeated in everyday conversations between politicians, teachers, and parents and even between children but what can we actually do to help and why is it happening? NEW for 2019 is our KS2/KS3 conservation programme exploring either the Polar Climate, glacial land forms and the impact of Climate Change or Coral Reefs their anatomy, formation and the devastating impact of coral bleaching.

What activities are available during group visits?

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If you’re hungry for more, we offer a variety of workshops and talks where our expert staff will fill you in on the daily adaptation, survival techniques, feeding and the breeding habits of marine creatures!

Pre-school Sessions
Turtle Tea Party – Interactive Storytime
Journey Through The Sea - Sensory Session

Primary School Sessions
KS1 Adaptation: Commotion In The Ocean
KS1 & KS2 Habitats: Rainforest Adventure
New KS2 Climate Change: Polar Explorer
New KS2 Warmer Oceans: Coral Kingdom
KS2 Classification: Undersea Britain
KS2 Life Cycles: Ocean Invaders

Secondary School Sessions
New KS3 Climate Change: Exploring Glaciers
New KS3 Warmer Oceans: Coral Bleaching
KS3: Underwater World Tour
KS3-KS4: Behind The Scenes Tour

For more information on the content within each of these education sessions please contact us or explore the education pages on SEA LIFE London's website.

What size groups do you cater for?

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To book at our exclusive education rates your group booking will need to be for 10 students or more; we offer a free teacher ratio of 1 free teacher for every five primary aged pupils, 1 for every ten secondary aged pupils and 1 for every three pre-school pupils. We also offer schools a book now pay later booking option whereby you can reserve your preferred date and confirm final number and pay 14 days (10 working days) in advance of your visit date.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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Yes, we have an education space where students can participate in our optional workshop programme (£2 per pupil in addition to admission), teachers can also request a space to each lunch (free of charge but subject to availability).

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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SEA LIFE London is fully wheelchair accessible. We have a ramp at our entrance which can be used for entry and exit, and lifts throughout the attraction. We do not have any hearing loops situated within the building, however to ensure that all guests have an immersive experience, we have signage and interactive displays to learn about our creatures. We will welcome guide dogs into the attraction.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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For groups with disabilities or special requirements we offer the opportunity to come in before we open to the public for a private tour around the main aquarium displays with a team of our Guest Experience staff. As you travel through an empty aquarium at your own pace, our expert staff will not only wow you with incredible creature facts but also pass around fascinating objects to give your group the opportunity to stroke a real sea turtle shell, inspect an alligator’s teeth and discover what real shark skin feels like. In order to give your group this exclusive access these sessions are limited to 9am on off-peak, weekday mornings. £2.00 per pupil (plus admission).

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