Primary Schools

Primary Schools sessions

We offer highly interactive and engaging sessions for children in the unique environment of a floating museum ship. Whether working towards Artsmark or not our sessions offer your children a fantastic learning experience onboard our unique ship.

Our fully-qualified teachers will lead your children through our sessions that are based on the principals of experiential learning.

Rivers and Trade


Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

The Rivers and Trade session focuses upon the importance of global trade through exploration of spices and other commodities that are regularly moved by ship. This session can be adapted for KS1 and KS2 groups to ensure a challenging and engaging activity based session.

Geography Key skills KS1

  • Knowledge of the five oceans
  • Location of hot and cold areas of the world and how this affects trade
  • Use of geographical language and compass points

Geography Key Skills KS2

  • Knowledge of the seven continents and five oceans
  • Location of climate zones around the world and how this affects goods grown and subsequent trade
  • Use of geographical language, longitude and latitude, equator, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
  • Use of compass points and grid references to follow directions

The Wellington and WWII

The WWII session we offer to KS2 groups looks at the history of the ship in helping to secure food imports into the UK in her role as a convoy ship. The children are engaged in interactive activities which helps to support their understanding of the need for rationing during wartime.

History Subject Content Coverage KS2

  • A local history study, how aspects of national history are reflected in the locality
  • Study of an aspect of history from a period dating beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
  • A significant turning point in history such as the Battle of the Atlantic and how it was vital in securing food supplies.

History Key Skills KS2

  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history.


Discovery Trail

All school groups also work with Master Mariners. In the Discovery Trail the children will explore the roles carried out by sailors and how they worked collaboratively to move the ship out to sea. They will also learn about communications such as Morse code and the flag system as well as trying their hand at semaphore.

Timings and Pupil Numbers

Each facilitated session, including the Discovery Trail lasts approximately 1hr and 45 minutes and accommodates one class of 30 students, with a required adult to students ratio of 1:10.

Bookings can be made using the Primary Booking Form, by calling the Learning Co-Ordinator on 0207 836 8179 or emailing


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