• Overarching Statements
    • Students use language to understand, develop and communicate ideas and information and interact with others.
      • Through our signage, and interactions with an Ocean Guide, your students will be exposed to simple biological and geographical terms that describe marine animals and their environment. Some of these terms are specific to marine life and need to be learnt in order to compare the variety of marine life on display at AQWA.
      • Emphasise this link by using the following excursion activity sheets during your excursion: AB Sea (yr 1-3); Create your own quiz (yr 4-5); Corals (upper secondary); Underwater dictionary (upper secondary); Classification (upper secondary)
    • Students understand their culture, geographic and historical contexts and have the knowledge, skills and values necessary for active participation in life in Australia.
      • During your excursion your students will explore over 12,000km of Western Australian’s coastline. To make it easier to explore we have divided the coastline into five distinct regions; Far North Coast, Coral Coast, Shipwreck Coast, Perth Coast, and the Great Southern Coast. Each of these regions is characterised by different geographical features that are described in our signage. The marine life found in each region is a result of geographical factors and has played a significant role in Western Australia’s development and lifestyle. Our signage also features local legends and indigenous names, facts and stories.
      • Emphasise this link by using the following excursion activity sheet during your excursion: Leeuwin Current (lower secondary), Where am I? (lower secondary), Sand (upper secondary), Cosmopolitan fish (upper secondary)

    English Learning Area

    • Students view a wide range of visual texts with purpose, understanding and critical awareness.
      • AQWA is a very visual experience; your students will be surrounded by living marine animals on an underwater journey. On this journey they will also have the opportunity to experience other visual media such as; signage; underwater footage shown in our feature exhibits DANGERzone and Coral Reef, magnifying glasses and DVD presentations. To make the most of their visit, students need to not just look, but to observe the marine life and read the accompanying signage to develop a deeper understanding and awareness. Your excursion will provide the ultimate opportunity for your students to accomplish these skills.
      • Emphasise this link by using the following excursion activity sheet during your excursion: Shipwreck Coast (yr 1-3), Jellyfish (yr 6-7), Corals (upper secondary), Defence (upper secondary)
    • Students read a variety of texts with purpose, understanding and critical awareness.
      • The ability to read and interpret information on displays and signs adjacent to exhibits enhances students understanding of the unique features of each region of coastline and the marine life that inhabits each ecosystem.
      • Emphasise this link by using the following excursion activity sheets during your excursion: Create your own quiz (yr 4-5), AQWA quiz (yr 6-7), Saltwater crocodiles (yr 6-7), Shark research (yr 6-7), Leeuwin current (lower secondary), Sand (lower secondary), Underwater dictionary (upper secondary), Corals (upper secondary), Sharks (upper secondary)

    Science Learning Area

    • Students understand the nature of science as a human activity
      • Information presented about the marine life on display at AQWA is a result of scientific research. AQWA plays a vital role in sharing this knowledge with the public and in doing so, generates understanding and wonder for the marine environment of Western Australia.
      • Emphasise this link by using the following excursion activity sheets during your excursion: Sharks (yr 4-5), Spot the animals (yr 4-5), Jellyfish (yr 6-7), Shark Research (yr 6-7), Sand (lower secondary), Population Estimates (upper secondary), Sharks (upper secondary)
    • Students understand their own biology and that of other living things, and recognise the interdependence of life.
      • By observing the marine life of the Western Australian coastline students are able to learn specific characteristics, behaviours and adaptations of animals.
      • Emphasise this link by using the following excursion activity sheets during your excursion: Shipwreck Coast (yr 1-3), Jellyfish (yr 6-7),Fish Shapes (lower secondary), Sand (lower secondary), Corals (upper secondary),Defence (upper secondary), Sharks (upper secondary)

    Society and the Environment Learning Area

    • Students understand that people attempt to meet their needs and wants by making optimum use of limited resources in enterprising ways
      • From food to sunscreen, information on the resource uses of Western Australia’s marine life can be found at AQWA. Why not ask an Ocean Guide how sea creatures make super-glue, how shark skin texture actually inspired the design of advanced swimsuits and how indigenous Australians used sand to cook.

    The Arts Learning Area

    • Students develop creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies in dance, drama, media, music, visual arts and combinations of arts forms.
      • AQWA provides your students with the unique opportunity to observe and draw living marine life, or be inspired by their movements, colours and shapes to create other art forms. By creating scientific drawings and animal blueprints, your students can develop an understanding of one of the roles of art in society. Your students can also investigate the colours, shapes and patterns of marine life then relate these things to how form and design has a function related to their survival.
      • Emphasise this link by using the following excursion activity sheets during your excursion: AQWA (pre-primary), Postcards (yr 1-3), Sharks (4-5), Jellyfish (yr 6-7), Shark Researcher (yr 6-7), Fish Shapes (lower secondary), Sharks (upper secondary)