What Schools Can Book

Two Primary Level facilitated sessions and a Discovery Trail are currently on offer for KS1 and KS2

Rivers and Trade:The WELLINGTON in the world – Key Stage 1 & 2

‘Rivers and Trade’ follows the journey of the Wellington. The session encourages students to learn about the importance of the River Thames and how it connects us to the rest of the world through trade.

The WELLINGTON and WWII – Key Stage 2

Students can learn about a significant turning point in British history, the Battle of the Atlantic. Discover how the Wellington kept Britain fuelled and fed during WWII. Students will learn how trade and the war at sea impacted the lives of children like themselves and how Britons met the challenges of rationing and shortage on the home front.

Discovery Trail

This trail encourages students to explore the roles once carried out by sailors. from taking the wheel on the bridge with a master Mariner to experiencing the daily duties of a seaman. Students will learn about life at sea today through a range of activities the ship and become a sailor!

Each facilitated session including the Discovery trail lasts approximately 1hr and 45 minutes and

accommodates one class of 30 students, with a required ratio of 1:10 adults to student.

The secondary education programme offers two different strands, one for Gifted and Talented groups and one for Vocational groups.

Gifted and Talented

Following an introduction to the Battle of the Atlantic and an engaging interactive exploration of

ship terminology, students will be split into three groups to rotate around the following workshops.


A computer interactive, giving students a hands-on experience of the pressures of controlling a convoy. Followed by a tour of the ship.


Introduction to naval navigation techniques taught by an experienced Master Mariner. A practical demonstration of the value of maths in the workplace.


Guided by school staff the students will investigate primary source materials to answer searching

questions. Learning experiences will be explored and discussed in a whole group plenary.


We aim to keep the pace of the study day at a level consistent with the needs of your students to

maintain high levels of engagement and learning. Students will be introduced to the role of HMS Wellington through film and mobile interactive experiences.

They will then rotate around three workshops;


A computer interactive, giving students a hands-on experience of controlling a convoy.

Navigation and tour

Following a brief introduction to basic navigation the students will be led by our Master Mariner to explore the ships layout and gun posts in detail.

On Watch

A highly interactive workshop giving an opportunity to experience the tasks involved in a sailors job including communications such as semaphore, Morse code and the bell. Also to explore new technologies in second World War and their use in the theatre of war. A final whole group Q&A with the Master Mariner will pull together the students’ experiences and learning.

Each strand lasts approximately 3 hours (a 20 min break can be flexibly built into the day if required).

The ship can accommodate up to 30 students but we are happy to run study days for smaller groups if required.


A visit to the HQS Wellington provides an exciting and stimulating way to help Teachers encourage “Learning Outside the Classroom”.

These are some of the specific areas of the current NATIONAL CURRICULUM which can be supported by a visit to the ship.

Key stage 1 & 2 CITIZENSHIP

UNIT 01- Taking part- developing skills of communication and participation

UNIT 05 – Living in a diverse world

Key stage 2 HISTORY

UNIT 9 – What was it like for children in the Second World War?

Key Stage 1 SCIENCE

UNIT 2E – Forces and movement

Key Stage 2 SCIENCE

UNIT 6E – Forces in Action

A session onboard HQS Wellington also provides a wealth of opportunities for stimulating follow-up work in a range of other subjects: Geography, Local Studies, Literacy, Numeracy and Technology

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