Sailors pay a visit to Portsmouth school to talk about life on board a warship

Dr Duncan Reavey and Dr Linda Cooper, with the winning 2017 TEAN award trophy

Honour for uni for getting its students to help

  • Crew from HMS St Albans paid visit to Solent Infant School
  • Children had a chance to try on navy uniform and ask questions
  • They learnt about what it’s like spending months at sea
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SAILORS took a break from life on the water to educate schoolchildren about life in the Royal Navy.

The crew from Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans paid a visit to Solent Infant School in Farlington.

Leading Engineering Technician Kirsty Pattison and Leading Seaman Daniel Hambling with, from left: Anjali Patel, Charlie Boswell, Livia Rudman and Victoria Clark

Leading Engineering Technician Kirsty Pattison and Leading Seaman Daniel Hambling with, from left: Anjali Patel, Charlie Boswell, Livia Rudman and Victoria Clark

The children have been learning about all things maritime in their topic called Ahoy There.

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

The pupils learnt about the navy’s role providing security at sea by patrolling the busy international sea lanes which are vital to keep trade routes flowing.

They also learnt about the fight against modern day pirates and how navy personnel are trained to respond to natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

it provides a real-life context for their learning as well as valuing the work of our service families

Emma Curthoys, assistant headteacher

And they had the chance to dress up in naval uniforms and learn how to tie knots, as well as ask questions about life in the navy.

Leading Seaman Daniel Hambling, a seamanship specialist, said: ‘We are promoting the Royal Navy and getting involved with the kids.

‘It’s good to promote the Royal Navy.

‘Children are quite interested in the forces. The response has been fantastic.

‘Quite a few of the kids’ parents are in the forces in the area. They probably have got some background information but it’s good to show them that we are normal people and not just straight-faced people that go to war.

‘We can have a bit of fun as well.’

William Hostler, six, said: ‘They made the day interesting. We dressed up in costumes and embarrassed ourselves. I had a go in front of the whole class.’

Savannah Paterson, six, added: ‘It’s been fun because we got to dress up like the navy in front of the class.

‘It was very funny. It was interesting and fun to hear about what they do.’

Assistant headteacher Emma Curthoys said: ‘We’re 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 was a fantastic way to start the new school year.’

The ship is due to deploy for nine months later this year.