Tuesday 26 May 2020
  • Navy
  • Age 9-11 (KS2)
    Age 11-14 (KS3)


Our special guest, Ed from the Royal Navy, is interviewed by CBBC presenter Ben Shires. Ed will tell us all about what it’s like to work on a submarine and spend months living deep beneath the waves. He will share how he keeps busy below sea level and what it’s like to have sea creatures for neighbours!

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Life Under The Sea

Life Under The Sea

Part of the Adventures in History series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020.    

Curriculum Links and Learning Objectives

  • KS3/4 - Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day. 

  • GCSE - Warfare and British society, c1250-Present.                  

  • To increase understanding about what it is like to live and work on a submarine. 

DIY Walkie Talkies

Poster for Family Mission: DIY Walkie Talkies

DIY Walkie Talkies

Now that you've learned about life on a submarine why not create your own walkie talkie so you can communicate with your crew!

Ben Shires delivers your mission briefing from HMS Quiff.

Watch the mission briefing

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Family Mission: DIY Walkie Talkies
Ben Shires reports from submarine HMS Quiff with a challenge for you - can you design your own walkie talkie?
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