Our Year two classmates found out more about life at sea when they took a tour of the last Royal Navy warship built at Chatham Dockyard.

The six to seven-year-olds went on-board HM Submarine Ocelot as part of a fact-finding mission linked to this term’s classroom studies on materials.

After spending time on the submarine, which has sailed 90,000 miles during her career, the children took part in workshops, completing fun exciting challenges with friends.

The first task, ‘What’s in the bag?’ saw pupils investigate a selection of materials used in shipbuilding. In groups, the children modelled a ship hull shape from polymer and floated it in a bespoke ship-model testing tank to discover how metal ships float even under wind and wave conditions.

Next, K2 listened intently to a story by children’s author Julia Donaldson and used their imaginations to continue the plot, discussing characters and themes.  Together, they decided what they would take in a patchwork bag if they were to go on a journey like the character in the story.

Finally, the students’ teamwork and collaboration skills were put to the test as they built and tested a ship’s hull – they even fitted a motor.

Year 2 teacher Mr Patey said: “Everybody enjoyed the day and to have activities tailored to what we have been learning in class made the day fun and factual.”






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