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Education & Awareness

Online lessons and visits to your school

 

Overview

  

In an effort to assist schools with their curriculum work, and to make our environmental education more accessible, we now offer online lessons via Zoom, and one of our teachers can also come and visit your school and present one of our CAPS curriculum aligned lessons. 
Contact us for more information or bookings. Please see below our COVID-19 safety regulations for our visit to your school.

COVID-19 and visits to your school
We want to make sure our visit to your school is a safe one.
  • All of our teachers have been Covid-19 vaccinated.
  • The outreach teacher will wear a face mask at all times while at your school and interacting with learners.
  • The outreach teacher will wear a face mask at all times while at your school and interacting with learners.
  • The outreach teacher will follow your school’s Covid-19 screening protocols when entering the school.
  • All equipment needed for the lesson will be supplied by the outreach teacher and will be sanitised between school visits.
  • The school will need to supply the venue for the lesson – please ensure that suitable social distancing is possible.
  • Please ensure that all learners keep their face masks on during the outreach lesson.
  • The lessons are exciting and visually engaging – but, due to Covid-19, there is no hands-on component.

Our environmental education teachers have decades of experience teaching children of all ages, specialising in topics about marine sciences and sustainability.

You can choose between the following options:

  • Online lesson | R500 per lesson | Duration: 1 hour
  • Visit to your school | R45 per child | Duration: 1 hour

For either option, please choose one of the lessons below, suitable for the phase and Grade your are teaching.

Grades 1-3

(Foundation phase)

Lessons to choose from (Grade 1-3)

The following lessons are available to book either online, or as an off-site lesson.

Rocky shores: [Grades 1-3] We look at the variety of animals we find in our rockpools. We then discuss their structures, and their adaptability to their surrounding environment. The learners are given a chance to make some arts and crafts relating to these animals. We also learn about the effects of pollution on our marine animals.

Animal habitats: [Grades 1-3] Our focus animals are abalone, hermit crabs and barnacles. We start by looking at the entire habitat of these animals and compare the difference between freshwater animals and saltwater animals. The learners then go through different presentation on how our focus animals make their home, and most importantly what role their home plays in their survival in the wild.

Sharks: [Grade 3] This fun lesson focuses on the most misunderstood animal of the ocean: the shark. The learners are taught about the structure of this animals, its feeding patterns, and any fun facts about sharks. They also do fun shapes using modeling clay.

Curriculum links

Rocky shores: 

  • Animals (wild animal types)
  • Animals and creatures that live in water
  • Pollution

Animal habitats: 

  • Animals (wild animal types)
  • Animals and creatures that live in water

Sharks:

  • Animals (wild animal types)
  • Animals and creatures that live in water
  • Pollution

Other skills learned from all of these lessons:

  • Writing skills
  • Listening skills
  • Art and craft skills
  • Working with clay
  • Counting skills
  • Shapes and sizes

Grades 4-6

(Intermediate phase)

Lessons to choose from (Grade 4-6)

The following lessons are available to book either online, or as an off-site lesson.

Life in rock pools: [Grades 4-6] An introduction to the Aquarium and the two oceans around South Africa. We look at names and adaptations of sea urchins, sea anemones and sea stars. This lesson is adapted according to the Grade that this lesson is booked for (see ‘Curriculum links’ tab below). 

Skeletons and structures: [Grade 5] This lesson centres on rock pool animals and other animals in the Aquarium, investigating their skeletons or mode of support and how they perform locomotion. Animals used for investigation can include sea anemones, sea urchins, sea snails and hermit crabs. Arthropod exoskeletons and vertebrate skeletons are referred to as examples.

Sharks: [Grades 4-6] This topic explores the history of sharks as members of the fish family, studies their adaptations to their marine environment (shape, fins, gills, skin, senses) and highlights shocking shark population statistics, and the need for shark conservation.

Curriculum links

Life in rock pools

Grade 4 | Term 1:

  • Living and non-living concepts
  • Life processes
  • Structure of animals
  • Adaptations, senses
  • Seaweeds
  • Animal habitats
  • Social Science Term 4: Wasterwater pollution

Grade 5 | Term 1:

  • Plants and animals (marine)
  • PnA interdependence
  • Vertebrate and invertebrate differences
  • Marine food chain/food web
  • Social Science Term 2: SA map, east and west coast
  • Social Science Term 3: SA natural vegetation and wildlife

Grade 6 | Term 1:

  • Different types of ecosystems
  • Food webs
  • Threats to ecosystems
  • Living and non-living examples

 Skeletons and structures:

Grade 5 | Term 1:

  • Plant and animal interdependence
  • Different kinds of animals
  • Vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Animal skeletons and importance
  • How animals move (muscles, joints, bones)

Sharks: 

Grade 4:

  • Shark adaptations and senses

Grade 5:

  • Animal interdependence
  • Marine food web
  • Shark skeleton structure

Grade 6:

  • Marine food web
  • Social Science: trade, resources and value
Book an online lesson

Please fill in the below form if you would like us to do an online lesson for you. These lessons are available to children from Grade 1-12, and university students. Online lessons cost R500 per lesson and are offered via Zoom. 

 

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Book a visit to your school

Please fill in the below form if you would like us to visit your school and present one of our lessons. These lessons are available to children from Grade 1-12. The cost per child is R45. 

 

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Grades 7-9

(Senior phase)

Lessons to choose from (Grade 7-9)

The following lessons are available to book either online, or as an off-site lesson.

Biodiversity: [Grades 7-9] The lesson introduces the two oceans around South Africa and some of the ecosystems in the Aquarium. This is followed by a study of some rock pool animals to establish their life processes, how tides affect them, principles of classification and general biodiversity.

Marine sustainability: [Grades 7-9] The lesson introduces three themes critical to South Africa and the management of healthy coasts and marine resources. These themes are:

· Biodiversity, in which we identify South Africa as a biodiversity hotspot.

· Seafood sustainability, using the SASSI program as an example.

· Marine and coastal pollution, which emphasises how much of our coastal pollution is self-generated and the consequences to marine organisms.

Rocky shore ecology: [Grade 7-9] This lesson introduces typical South African rocky shores in terms of tides, abiotic and biotic factors affecting the distribution of seaweeds and animals, zonation patterns and the organisms that can be encountered in these habitats. A variety of intertidal animals and seaweeds are referred to in this lesson.

Curriculum links

Biodiversity: 

Grade 7 | Term 1 |Natural Sciences: 

  • Biosphere concept
  • Life processes
  • Examples of animals in each biosphere
  • What is biodiversity
  • Basic classification
  • Types of diversity
  • Species diversity

Grade 7 |Social Sciences: 

  • Term 1: Map skills and orientation
  • Term 4:
    • Natural resources
    • Marine resource management
    • Concept of conservation
    • Ecotourism

Grade 8  | Term 1 |Natural Sciences: 

  • Ecosystems
  • Food chains and food webs
  • Animal adaptations
  • Ecosystem conservation

Grade 8 |Social Sciences: 

  • Term 1: Map skills and satellite images
  • Term 2: Factors affecting SA temperature, rainfall, ocean currents
  • Term 4: urbanisation

Grade 9  | Term 1 |Natural Sciences: 

  • Spheres of the biosphere
  • Lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere

Grade 9 |Social Sciences: 

  • Term 1: Reading information from a map
  • Term 3: Resource use, sustainable use of resources (overfishing, sustainable fishing)

Marine Sustainability: 

Grade 7 |Social Sciences: 

  • Term 1: Map skills and orientation
  • Term 4:
    • Natural resources
    • Marine resource management
    • Concept of conservation
    • Ecotourism

Grade 8  | Term 1 |Natural Sciences: 

  • Ecosystems
  • Food chains and food webs
  • Animal adaptations
  • Ecosystem conservation

Grade 8 |Social Sciences: 

  • Term 1: Map skills and satellite images
  • Term 2: Factors affecting SA temperature, rainfall, ocean currents

Grade 9 |Social Sciences: 

  • Term 2: Sustainable development (economic, social and environmental factors)
  • Term 4: Resource use, sustainable use of resources (overfishing, sustainable fishing)

 

Rocky shore ecology:

Grade 7 |Social Sciences: 

  • Term 1: Map skills and orientation
  • Term 4:
    • Natural resources
    • Marine resource management
    • Concept of conservation
    • Ecotourism

Grade 8  | Term 1 |Natural Sciences: 

  • Ecosystems
  • Food chains and food webs
  • Animal adaptations
  • Ecosystem conservation

Grade 8 |Social Sciences: 

  • Term 1: Map skills and satellite images
  • Term 2: Factors affecting SA temperature, rainfall, ocean currents

Grades 10 & 11

(FET phase)

Lessons to choose from (Grade 10-12)

The following lessons are available to book either online, or as an off-site lesson.

Marine invertebrates: What is an invertebrate? Join us in learning more about some of the major marine invertebrate Phyla e.g., Porifera, Cnidaria, Platyhelminthes, Arthropods and more. We will unpack the origin of the phyla name, key characteristics of each group including, symmetry, tissue layers and terms such as cephalisation, through gut and coelomate using live footage recorded in the aquarium and under our microscope. 

Sharks: This topic explores the history of sharks as members of the fish family, studies their adaptations to their marine environment (shape, fins, gills, skin, senses) and highlights shocking shark population stats and need for shark conservation.

Marine sustainability: The lesson introduces three themes critical to South Africa and the management of healthy coasts and marine resources. These themes are: biodiversity, HIPPO, seafood sustainability, and marine and coastal pollution.

Rocky shore ecology: Explore a typical west coast South African rocky shore ecosystem, starting with defining an ecosystem and identifying challenges facing animals and plants found in these areas. We will look at the abiotic and biotic factors affecting the distribution of seaweeds and animals, zonation patterns and the organisms that can be encountered on our rocky shores. A variety of intertidal animals and seaweeds are referred to in this lesson.

Curriculum links

Marine invertebrates: 

Grade 10 | Term 2 |Life Sciences: 

  • Support systems in animals
  • different kinds of skeletons, advantages and disadvantages

Grade 10 | Term 4 |Life Sciences: 

  • Classification system

Grade 11 | Term 1 |Life Sciences: 

  • Diversity
  • Change and Continuity
  • Biodiversity and Classification
  • Invertebrate phyla

Grade 10 | Term 2 |Marine Sciences: 

  • Evolutionary trends
  • body plans and symmetry
  • Basic classification

Grade 10 | Term 3 & 4 |Marine Sciences: 

  • Porifera
  • Cnidaria
  • Platyhelminthes
  • Annelids
  • Arthropods

Grade 11 | Term 3 & 4 |Marine Sciences: 

  • Molluscs
  • Bryozoa
  • Echinoderms

Sharks: 

Grade 10 & 10: 

No specific curriculum links, however can be chosen as an awareness lesson/talk. 

Grade 12  | Term 1 |Marine Sciences: 

  • Osteichthyes
  • Chondrichthyes 

Marine sustainability:

Grade 10 | Term 4 | Life Sciences: 

  • Biodiversity definition
  • Endemic and indigenous species

Grade 11 | Term 4 | Life Sciences: 

  • Human Impact on the environment
  • Loss of biodiversity

Grade 10 | Term 4 | Geography: 

  • oceans as sources of oxygen, food, and energy
  • ocean circulation – warm and cold currents
  • ocean currents and their importance for fishing, trade, and tourism
  • relationship between oceans and people: pollution, overfishing and desalination
  • strategies for managing the world’s oceans

Grade 10 | Term 4 | Marine Sciences: 

  • HIPPO

Grade 11 | Term 1 | Marine Sciences: 

  • Harvesting marine resources

Grade 11 | Term 4 | Marine Sciences: 

  • Overfishing
  • SASSI
  • Marine protected areas
  • ecotourism

Grade 10 | Term 3 | Tourism: 

  • Tourist Attractions in SA, Western Cape (World Heritage sites)
  • SA fauna and flora as attractions
    • biodiversity
    • ecosystems
    • species
    • habitat
    • endangered, indigenous, alien, poaching
    • Sustainable and responsible tourism

Grade 12 | Term 3 | Tourism: 

  • Sustainable and Responsible Tourism
  • Three pillars of responsible Tourism
  • People, Profit and Planet
  • Responsible tourism and responsible tourists

Rocky Shore Ecology:

Grade 10 | Term 3 | Life Sciences: 

  • Strand 3 Ecosystem studies
  • Biosphere to Ecosystem
  • What is Ecosystem
  • Abiotic factors and biotic factors
  • Energy flow through ecosystem

Grade 10 | Term 3 | Marine Sciences: 

  • Tides

Grade 11 | Term 3 & 4 | Marine Sciences: 

  • Rocky shore ecology
Book an online lesson

Please fill in the below form if you would like us to do an online lesson for you. These lessons are available to children from Grade 1-12, and university students. Online lessons cost R500 per lesson and are offered via Zoom. 

 

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Book a visit to your school

Please fill in the below form if you would like us to visit your school and present one of our lessons. These lessons are available to children from Grade 1-12. The cost per child is R45. 

 

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We have a variety of offerings available to school and youth groups who would like to have an educational experience of the ocean. 

Other school programmes available:

  • The Two Oceans Aquarium is open to visitors and school groups. Your school can enjoy an educational outing to the Aquarium. An educational puppet show for Grade R-3, or a lesson in one of our Discovery Centres, are a must to make the most of your outing. School groups who book a visit to the Aquarium receive a discounted rate.
  • For under-resourced schools in the Greater Cape Town area, we have two outreach programmes that can visit your school free of charge. These programmes are suitable for Grades 4-7, and bring lessons of ocean awareness and sustainability to school children.
  • We have a Mobile Puppet Show team that visits pre-schools, crèche’s and primary schools to bring our puppet stories to children that cannot visit the Aquarium. For many schools with very young children, an outing is a daunting experience. For a small fee, our team can visit your school and bring the Aquarium puppet story experience to you. With a qualified ECD teacher on the team, our educational games and activities are designed to teach children basic numeracy, literacy, shapes and colours in a fun way.