Upper primary: age 7-11

Explore our comprehensive suite of water safety teaching activities and learning resources, aimed at older primary aged children.

These activities teach children the RNLI’s four fundamental water safety lessons as they collect virtual badges for their Water Safety Passport.

Through play, video and discussion, they’ll learn how to plan for a trip near water, what to take and what to do, and how to identify possible dangers by rivers, lakes and the sea.

Water Safety Passport 2 gives children a solid grounding in our key water safety lessons – with additional activities to choose from, depending on what’s most relevant for your class or group.

  • Illustrated water safety scenes
    • 30-45 mins
    Be safe and have fun around water – collect virtual stamps as you learn.
    RNLI Water Safety Passport 2
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  • RNLI Water Activity Quiz slides
    • 20 mins
    Take the quiz to learn what safety equipment and steps to take for different watersports.
    Water Activity Quiz
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  • Cromer motor class ON670 H.F.Bailey
    • 60 mins
    Explore how boats have changed through the ages with this teaching pack and interactive whiteboard activity.
    Boating through the ages
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  • RNLI Battle Of The Brains activity slides
    • 20 mins
    Battle it out in two groups to see which is the most water smart.
    Battle of the Brains
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  • RNLI Making Safe Choices activity slides
    • 20 mins
    Work in groups to decide what to do when faced with different dilemmas near the water.
    Making Safe Choices
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  • RNLI Cold Water Impact activity slides
    • 30 mins
    Learn what happens to your body in cold water.
    Cold Water Impact
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  • RNLI Spot The Dangers activity slides
    • 30 mins
    Work together to identify and describe dangers near the water
    Spot the Dangers
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  • Photograph of a painting of Grace Darling
    • 60 mins
    Explore the life of Grace Darling by having your pupils write a diary account from her perspective with this lesson plan.
    Grace Darling: Literacy skills lesson
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  • RNLI The Day I Fell In activity slides
    • 30 mins
    Write a short story about falling into cold water.
    The Day I fell in
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  • RNLI Emergency Instructions activity slides
    • 30 mins
    What would you do if you saw an emergency in the water? 
    Emergency Instructions
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  • Illustrated water safety scenes
    • 30-45 mins
    Learn about beach safety flags and how to know where and when it’s safe to go into the water.
    Fly the Flag
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  • RNLI How Risky Is This activity slides
    • 20 mins
    Work in pairs or small groups to sort risky behaviours from most to the least risky.
    How Risky is this?
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