Aquarium to launch a new education initiative

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TEACHERS are being welcomed to the Blue Reef Aquarium as part of the launch of its new educational initiative.

The Southsea attraction is running a free familiarisation weekend of workshops, tours, talks and feeding demonstrations for around 100 local teachers.

Organisers are aiming to highlight the aquarium’s ability to cater for a wide range of educational topics, all linked to the national curriculum.

Jen Atkinson, spokeswoman for the aquarium, said: ‘The aquarium hosts thousands of educational visits each year and we’re constantly looking at new ways to further improve the experience and to make sure it remains relevant to schools and colleges.

‘This event will provide us with a great opportunity to meet teachers and other educationalists to showcase what we have to offer them.

‘In addition to giving them a chance to see first-hand a selection of our workshops, tours, events and activities it will also let us find out from them what more we can do to ensure pupils get the very most from their visit.’

The new initiatives have been designed to link in specifically to the national curriculum and also cover a much wider range of subjects.

Among the education topics on offer are coral conservation, pollution, habitats and otter enrichment.

There is also the opportunity for students to become creatively inspired by the undersea world for art and design, creative writing and even maths.

The topics cover all age groups from Reception to Year 11, as well as and more specialist requirements.

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