From this week, teachers across the north-east will no longer need to surf the internet for hours to find sea-themed activities for their class.
Instead they can simply login to Macduff Marine Aquarium’s website and access a range of free downloads in just a couple of clicks!
The aquarium welcomes more than 3,000 school children every year and teacherscan choose from a variety of curriculum linked programmes suited to asea-themed topic.
Classes enjoy guided tours through the marine habitats of the Moray Firth,from the coastal zone to the sea floor, to meet the wonderful fish andplentiful invertebrate life that live beneath the waves.
The online learning resources, generously funded by Talisman-Sinopec EnergyUK Limited, are aimed at supporting a teacher’s visit to the aquarium andcan be downloaded in the classroom and used to help pupils learn more aboutthe amazing local marine life found in our seas.
The resources include information for the teachers and a range ofcolourful, exciting activity sheets, covering experiences and outcomes detailed in the Curriculum for Excellence from sciences, maths, social studies and health and wellb eing.
Children can explore the life cycles of jellyfish and lobsters, compare the features of seabirds using keys, take a peak inside the body of a fish, imagine being a fishing boat skipper and reflect on the experience of touching crabs and starfish at the aquarium’s touch pools.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s education, learning and leisure committee,Isobel Davidson, said: “This project will provide a vast range of information and knowledge to students who otherwise might not have had easy access to this form of Aberdeenshire wildlife.
“Marine life is an important part of our economy in the north-east and this scheme will highlight the varying aspects of the aquatic environment to many Aberdeenshire children.”
Committee vice-chair, Ron McKail said: “These new resources will go far and wide in the Aberdeenshire school system and it is a great effort by allthose involved. It is an exciting thing to be able to bring marine life to the classroom.”
Sandra Bisset, the aquarium’s learning officer who developed the resources, added: “The support from our friends Talisman-Sinopec has been a great boostto the aquarium’s education programmes and will supplement learning beyond our doors, promoting a greater understanding of the marine life on our doorstep.”
For more information visit www.macduff-aquarium.org.uk
Macduff Marine Aquarium features marine life from the Moray Firth, Scotland’s largest bay, in a variety of exciting and innovative exhibits. Visitors come face to face with hundreds of native fish and invertebrates normally only seen by SCUBA divers who brave the chilly waters of the North Sea.