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.

    • 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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    • 20 mins
    Take the quiz to learn what safety equipment and steps to take for different watersports.
    Water Activity Quiz
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    • 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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    • 20 mins
    Battle it out in two groups to see which is the most water smart.
    Battle of the Brains
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    • 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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    • 30 mins
    Learn what happens to your body in cold water.
    Cold Water Impact
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    • 30 mins
    Work together to identify and describe dangers near the water
    Spot the Dangers
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    • 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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    • 30 mins
    Write a short story about falling into cold water.
    The Day I fell in
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    • 30 mins
    What would you do if you saw an emergency in the water? 
    Emergency Instructions
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    • 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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    • 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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