Silvertown students take the helm of SS Robin

Students from Oasis Academy in Silvertown "took over" SS Robin for the day

Students from Oasis Academy in Silvertown "took over" SS Robin for the day - Credit: Archant

Students got out of the classroom and “took control” of a famous boat for the day to learn more about its history.

Year seven pupils from Oasis Academy Silvertown enjoyed a mini-tour of SS Robin, the world’s oldest complete steamship, before spearheading a campaign about its significance by writing letters about its importance.

They also posted picture and video updates of their activities on the boat’s social media channels.

The class visit to Royal Victoria Docks was part of Take Over Day, an annual nationwide initiative by Kids in Museums.

Academy principle Charles Claxton described the takeover day as a “brilliant opportunity” for students.

“Our young people will experience learning in a whole new way and I hope that inspires them to continue to approach their education with a positive attitude,” he added.

A spokesman from SS Robin said the pupils’ input gave a “great insight” for staff and volunteers ahead of its offical opening next year.