Risk Assessment (CARA)

YEAR LEVEL 4-12     GROUP SIZE 20      DURATION up to 1.5 hours


Details of Activity

The aquarium has a large range of tanks, and displays organisms that come from freshwater, estuarine and various marine environments. Teachers choose a theme or focus (see learning intent below) to suit the group.

Session is usually divided into 3 parts- first involves a general look by students using specimen cards as an engager; second is a guided tour and feeding of selected organisms to suit the theme; third is a hands on touch tank experience and use of a video microscope to view in detail an array of amazing features of some of the animals.

Good behaviour is strictly enforced, and there must be an adult, preferably a teacher, in this area with Centre staff. Questions are encouraged, and a quick summary and feedback wind up of the session is held at the end.

Learning Intent

  • Identify some of the local animals likely to be studied in the subsequent boating activity.
  • Identify the adaptations in local animals that enable them to survive in this specialised environment.
  • Handle animals carefully with respect to the safety of the animal and the handler.
  • Deliver aquarium program by theme e.g.  ADAPTATIONS or LIFE CYCLES for Year 5, SUSTAINABILITY for Year 6,
    CLASSIFICATIONS for Year 7 to 12 or default theme to be prep for boating day.
  • Become aware of the use of scientific tools to increase knowledge and understanding of organisms.


Critical & Creative Thinking

  • Inquiring, identifying and exploring and organising information and ideas.
  • Generating ideas, possibilities and actions.
  • Reflecting on thinking and processes.
  • Analysing, synthesising and evaluating reasoning and procedures.

Year level standards and content descriptions can be found within the linked curriculum document.
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