Ocean Life and Habitat Show

A darkened lecture theatre in blue light, with a presenter holding a very large model squid

Event information

Event type: Show

Location: Attenborough Studio (Orange Zone)

Suitable for: KS1 yr 2 (age 6-7) and  KS2 (ages 7-11)

Capacity: 90 (pupils and adults together)

Duration: 45 minutes

Ticket prices: £3 per pupil

Booking required by phone

Can your pupils take on the role of scientists and help us explore the oceans on their adventure into the deep?

This immersive show highlights the importance of the oceans and demonstrates why it’s never been more vital to help protect this amazing habitat.

Learning shows in our Attenborough Studio are a perfect introduction to or recap of nature based topics. Audiences will be seated in an amphitheatre style space and the show will be presented by one of our expert educators.

Shows usually include immersive use of lights, cameras, sounds and demonstrations which are suitable for the age ranges listed on the show’s pre-visit information.

Both pupils and adults will be encouraged to participate throughout.

Session outline

We welcome classes to get on-board and join our crew as we dive down on an adventure thousands of metres below the waves! 

In the daylight zone, pupils and teachers will travel to a coral reef and learn about what makes reefs such an important habitat. We also help out one of the Museum’s scientists as we survey the different types of animals living here.

In the twilight zone, we come face-to-face with a giant squid and discover the vital role sharks play in the ocean’s food chains.

And finally, in the midnight zone, we discuss how this habitat is different from others, meet bioluminescent creatures and play ‘Jellyfish or Plastic Bag?'.

Curriculum links:
(KS1 year 2) Living things and their habitats
(KS2) Animals, including humans; light

Pre-visit information and support notes PDF (569KB)

Event dates and times

The show runs at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm on the weekdays shown below. The duration is 45 minutes.

May 2024

no available dates

June 2024

6, 7, 14, 20, 21, 28

July 2024

4, 5, 18, 19

Sept 2024

18, 19, 23, 24

Oct 2024

9, 14, 15, 25

Nov 2024

15, 20, 21, 26

Dec 2024

11, 12, 16, 17

How to book

All shows must be prebooked by phone. The dates listed above are not live and you will need to contact us for availability.

You can book for dates up to December 2024, during term time. Bookings must be made at least three weeks in advance.

The show is ideal for Upper KS1 (year two only: ages 6-7) and Lower KS2 (years three and four: ages 7-9). 

Upper KS2 (years five and six: ages 9-11) are welcome to book onto this experience but should be aware that the curriculum links and narrative of the show are most relevant to years 2-4.

Maximum capacity per show is 90 (pupils and adults together). Bookings must be for a minimum of 15 pupils.

Please be aware that other school groups may share your show time. 

To check dates and make a booking, please read our essential information page, then phone the bookings team.