See Great Yarmouth sealife while strikes close schools

Children whose teachers are on strike can enjoy a free trip to Great Yarmouth Sealife Centre to learn about turtles, sharks and penguins.

The aquarium is offering free entry to children whose schools are closed due to planned strike action on Wednesday.

The public sector strikes are part of a campaign for a fair deal on pensions and against government cuts.

But Sealife Centre bosses say children need not miss out on a day of learning as they are offering the opportunity to learn about the world beneath our oceans.

Terri Harris, general manager of Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre, said: 'While Sealife remains objective and neither condones nor condemns the strike action, we have a wonderful resource for learning here that we would like to give children access to whilst their schools are closed.

'We get a lot of schools visits and many of our creatures and projects tie in closely with the National Curriculum.

'A visit to Sealife can really enhance a child's understanding of the world and inspire a great passion for our seas and the creatures that live beneath our waves – for many, it's a life changing experience.

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'So on Wednesday 30, school children affected by the closures will be free of charge and accompanying adults only �10 each'

Special turtle, shark and penguin educational talks covering everything from creatures' biological make up to endangered species and conservation will run at regular intervals throughout the day.

Environmental awareness will also be a key theme, with kids learning about how they can do their bit to reduce damage to our seas.

Children will also be encouraged to use their initiative and challenge Sealife staff to answer any question – from why turtles sleep bottoms up to how jellyfish reproduce.

For further information, visit www.sealife.co.uk or call 01493 330631.

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