Free materials for primary schools – plus a chance to win £100!

As an island nation the UK is heavily dependent on our maritime industry. Over 90% of imports arrive here by sea. Yet most people are completely unaware of the world of shipping and the seafarers who work in it!

Seafarers Awareness Week (24-30 June) is an annual campaign coordinated by the charity Seafarers UK to raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers, the men and women who earn their living working on ships and boats of all shapes and sizes.

In partnership with Fyffes, we have produced free KS1 materials that show the sea-going journey of a banana from faraway to the UK.

Teachers, please request these for use in your classrooms and to go into ‘book bags’ for children to share with adults at home. You can order free materials or download free digital resources.



We are inviting primary schools to organise a maritime/nautical Dress Up Day to show their support for seafarers.

Ideally this will be during Seafarers Awareness Week – but anytime in June would be great.

This is all about raising awareness, so we won’t be asking you to fundraise. It’s a chance for children to be creative and have fun dressing up. They could be a ship’s captain, marine engineer, sailor, wear something stripey, or anything inspired by ships and boats.

COMPETITION – win £100!

All schools that request materials or arrange a Dress Up Day will be entered into a free Prize Draw to win £100.

To enter please email, tweet, or post on Facebook a photo of your pupils holding our ‘The Journey of the Banana’ materials, or dressed up, or both!

• If tweeting please ensure you include #SeafarersWeek

• Send email entries to

• For Facebook entries please tag Seafarers Awareness Week in your post.

Read full Terms and Conditions of the competition.