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Year 5 trip to The Deep

posted 13 Feb 2014, 06:42 by Lynsie Tuplin
On Tuesday 11th February, Y5 travelled across Yorkshire to The Deep in Hull. This visit was to support their work on 'Wonders of the World.' 

After a journey through driving wind and rain, we finally arrived and went straight into our workshop. We were tasked with becoming Ocean Explorers! We viewed the ocean world with the help of NASA images from space and a digital globe. Then we took a closer look at one special ocean habitat: the coral reef. Through a series of activities, we investigated the reef, the coral itself and some of the species who make the reef their home. 

Following the workshop, we took a ride in the scenic lift which was an amazing experience. It took us up through a 10 metre tank where green sawfish, sharks and rays swam right before our eyes. 
Then it was time to explore the main exhibition. We started with 'The Awakening Seas' which explores over 4 billion years of ocean history including a 14 metre squid and megalodon sharks. Next came the 'Lagoon of Light' where we were able to get up close to a breathtaking tropical lagoon and all the sea creatures that live there. We watched them being hand fed by a diver and found our favourites from Finding Nemo! This was a mesmerizing experience and we could barely tear ourselves away! 'Endless Oceans' was our next stop where we were able to take another look at the sharks and giant rays. 

The next stop was lunch! After such an exciting morning, everyone was ravenous and couldn't wait to get tucked in!

After lunch, we finished off the tour with 'Cool Seas', 'Kingdom of Ice' and 'Deep Blue Seas'. Some children were disappointed to find that they were too tall for the soft play area but this was hardly surprising as it was aimed at toddlers! Finally we walked through Europe's deepest viewing tunnel and saw amazing creatures swim over our heads. 

We had a fabulous day, the children were a delight and represented St Mary's magnificently and the staff at The Deep were helpful and welcoming. Lots of children are hoping for a return trip to see the penguins when they arrive!