Sailors teach children all about life in the Royal Navy

REAL-LIFE LEARNING Leading seaman Daniel Hambling and leading engineering technician Kirsty Pattison with Solent Infant School pupils Anjali Patel, Charlie Boswell, Livia Rudman and Victoria Clark
REAL-LIFE LEARNING Leading seaman Daniel Hambling and leading engineering technician Kirsty Pattison with Solent Infant School pupils Anjali Patel, Charlie Boswell, Livia Rudman and Victoria Clark
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Sailors from Portsmouth-based Type-23 frigate HMS St Albans have been to Solent Infant School in Farlington to tell pupils what it’s like to live and work on board a Royal Navy warship.

The children have been learning about all things maritime in their topic called Ahoy There and were keen to hear about the Royal Navy directly from the experts.

The school has close links with the Navy as more than 30 of its pupils come from service families.

Ninety excited pupils learnt about the Navy’s role providing security at sea by patrolling the busy international sea lanes vital to keep trade routes flowing, the fight against modern-day pirates and how personnel are trained to respond to natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The crew took along naval uniform and life-saving equipment for children to try on, taught them how to tie knots used on board ship, and answered lots of questions about their jobs as navigator, marine and weapon engineers and seamanship specialists.

Lieutenant Ed Smith, Navigating Officer of HMS St Albans, said: ‘It was a really fantastic opportunity to give back to our local community and talk to the youngsters about the job we do when we are away.

‘In this area where so many of the children have serving family members or friends, it’s great to be able to talk to them on their level and allow them to ask questions.’

Assistant headteacher, Emma Curthoys, said: ‘We are delighted that the children at Solent have been given this exciting opportunity to learn about the Royal Navy as it provides a real-life context for their learning as well as valuing the work of our service families.

‘We’re very grateful to the crew of HMS St Albans for taking time out to visit us. The afternoon was so engaging and inspiring for the children. It’s a fantastic way to start the new school year.’

Solent Infant School pupil, Roman Sloev, 6, said: ‘It was really good. The Navy showed us photos and videos all about the ship and how they catch pirates.’