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Year 2 take educational trip to Blue Planet Aquarium

Year 2 take educational trip to Blue Planet Aquarium

A group of Preparatory School pupils enhanced their knowledge on a wide range of different sea creatures thanks to a specially arranged trip.

The Year 2 contingent at Rydal Penrhos travelled to the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port on Tuesday, May 8, where they participated in a series of different activities during their excursion.

Staff member Holly Roberts explains more:

“We toured the facilities which include, amongst other things, a wide range of fresh water and sea water fish, as well as amphibians from the Amazon rainforest including the Poison Dart Frog and one or two rather horrifying looking arachnids!

“We saw a multitude of different species but some of the high lights were the rather enigmatic red bellied Piranha (who on the surface look rather mesmerising but apparently hold a unfair reputation for being voracious killers), a giant Stingray, named Bertha and a green looking Moray Eel, aptly named: Godzilla.

“A lady called Jess regaled us with lots of information on sea mammals and fish. We even managed to get up close and personal with a starfish with a workshop that saw us holding a giant sea turtle shell and measuring, in children, the size of an average Sawfish!

“We thoroughly enjoyed the infamous tunnel walkway which takes you through a huge aquarium filled to bursting with Tiger Sand sharks, Nurse sharks and many other species.

“We topped off the day with some playground fun and the opportunity to watch a group of Pelicans have their lunch!

“As always the children’s behaviour was exemplary and their enthusiasm was palpable throughout the day. They cannot wait to incorporate their newfound knowledge into their topic work based on Island Living and the Sea.”

A full gallery from the trip can be found here

 

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