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Guided Excursion Programs

SEA & Discover

The SEA & Discover Class - an exciting new interactive lesson for schools visiting SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

Our SEA & Discover classes have been redesigned and developed to suit the Living World National Science and Technology Curriculum. They are unique, interactive journeys through the beauty and intricacies of the underwater world. When choosing to enhance your students' learning with one of our guided classes, you will now be able to choose from the following topics.

Please note that a SEA & Discover class size is limited to minimum of 10 students and maximum of 30 students per session.

Class times are 10am, 11am and 12pm & 1pm.

Early Stage 1: Kindergarten

Topic - Finding Cleo the Clownfish's Home

Syllabus Outcomes Covered:

  • STe-6NE - identifies that the way objects move depends on a variety of factors.
  • STe-7NE - observes, using their senses, how daily and seasonal changes in the environment affect them and other living things.
  • STe-8NE - identifies the basic needs of living things.

Rationale of Lesson:

This is a mini guided tour to encourage students to explore and discover our oceans. Students will walk through the Dugong tunnels and the Great Barrier Reef exhibits to compare the different habitats and find which the right home is for Cleo the Clownfish.

Stage 1: Years 1 - 2

Topic 1 - Staying Alive in the Deep Blue Sea

Syllabus Outcomes Covered:

  • ST1-10LW - describes external features, changes in and growth of living things.
  • ST1-11LW - describes ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things.

Rationale of Lesson:

The 'Staying Alive in the Deep Blue Sea' SEA & Discover class will provide students first hand experience in developing a basic understanding of what plants and animals need in order to survive. Students will help to build a living habitat for a hermit crab.


Topic 2 - Fur, Fins and Flippers

Syllabus Outcomes Covered:

  • ST1-10LW - describes external features, changes in and growth of living things.
  • ST1-11LW - describes ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things.

Rationale of Lesson:

The 'Fur, Fin and Flippers' SEA & Discover class is an ideal way to link science with real life in the classroom. It provides an opportunity for students to explore features of living things, and ways they can be grouped together. Through hands-on activities, students explore how living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things. They use this knowledge to investigate the animal groups in the aquarium.

Stage 2: Years 3 - 4

Topic 1 - Food Glorious Food

Syllabus Outcomes Covered:

  • ST2-10LW - describes that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features.
  • ST2-11LW - describes ways that science knowledge helps people understand the effect of their actions on the environment and on the survival of living things.

Rationale of Lesson:

The 'Food Glorious Food' SEA & Discover class is an interactive lesson that allows students to explore and discover predator's verses prey in the ocean.


Topic 2 - Growing Up

Syllabus Outcomes Covered:

  • ST1-10LW - describes external features, changes in and growth of living things.

Rationale of Lesson:

During the 'Growing Up (in the Deep Blue Ocean)' SEA & Discover class, students will investigate the different life stages of animals in particular sharks. Students will also learn about the different ways sharks can reproduce.

Stage 3: Years 5 - 6

Topic - Survival

Syllabus Outcomes Covered:

  • ST3-10LW-describes how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment.
  • ST3-11LW-describes some physical conditions of the environment and how these affect the growth and survival of living things.

Rationale of Lesson:

The 'Survival of the Sea' SEA & Discover class provides students with the opportunity to learn adaptation with a focus on marine animals. The students will discover first-hand the environments in which the marine animals need to survive in.

All Year Groups: Primary Level

Topic - Conservation: Ocean Spills and Plastic Pollution

Rationale of Lesson:

In the 'Ocean Heroes' SEA & Discover lesson students will be able to see first hand how animals in the ocean are affected by the pollution we create. They will see how pollutants spread into the whole ocean. This will result in a better understanding of why pollution is a detriment to the environment and why they should take steps to reduce it.

Stage 4: Years 7 - 12

Multi-cellular organisms rely or coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes to their environment.

Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems.

In this program students will:

  • Observe and describe some examples of how multicellular organisms respond to changes in their environment.
  • Describe how coordinated function of internal systems in multicellular organisms. provides cells with the requirements for life, including gases, nutrients and water, and removes cell wastes.
  • Describe how energy flows through ecosystems, including input and output through food webs.
  • Analyse how changes in some biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem affect populations and/or communities.
  • Evaluate some examples in aquatic ecosystems, strategies used to balance conserving, protecting and maintaining the quality and sustainability of the environment with human activities and needs.

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Remember: You can also combine your visit to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium with WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye, Madame Tussauds Sydney and/or Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary and make great savings for your own or other classes at your school. View all pricing options and info here.