Essential Information

Key Stage Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
School Subject History, Literacy
Resource Type Classroom activity

Enter the dangerous world of shipwrecks, full of lifeboats, lifebuoys and lifejackets – and plenty of inspiration for great story-writing. 

Stories from the Sea supports teachers to develop children’s skills in writing by inspiring them to explore our local and national maritime past through world-class museum collections of objects, paintings and manuscripts, intriguing stories and unforgettable characters. 

Shipwreck Films

The Titanic (with BSL and subtitles)

Wreck and Rescue (with BSL and subtitles)


 Shipwrecks activities

See other resources packs in Stories from the Sea

Exploration resource: Enter the exciting world of exploration

Pirates resource: Enter the dangerous world of shipwrecks

Shipwrecks booklist

  • The lighthouse keeper's lunch – Ronda Armitage

  • A boy and a bear in a boat – Dave Shelton

  • The boy who swam with piranhas – David Almond

  • The wreck of the Zanzibar – Michael Morpurgo

  • Kensuke's Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo

  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Avoid sailing on the Titanic – David Stewart and Antram

  • Dear America: voyage on the great Titanic (the diary of Margaret Anne Brady) – Ellen Emerson White

  • Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

  • The Black Stallion – Walter Farley

  • The Tempest – William Shakespeare

  • The Coral Island: a tale of the Pacific Ocean – R.M. Ballantyne

  • Boy Overboard – Morris Gleitzman

  • The Lighthouse that Ran Away – Roger McGough

Partners and supporters

Stories from the Sea is a partnership between the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth. The resource is funded by Arts Council England’s Museums and Schools programme.