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Getting to Know the River at Greenwich KS1

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This programme provides pupils with an opportunity to use, explore and experience their local environment.

Session 1 On the riverside pupils develop geographical knowledge of the local river environment and its wildlife and observe how people use the river. Pupils make their own observations and carry out simple scientific tests (water temperature, speed of flow and water quality). On the foreshore, pupils will have the opportunity to experience the life of a mudlark by collecting archaeology as evidence of past river use.

Session 2 In the classroom pupils will use specially designed sorting boards to identify artefacts and interact with different materials to investigate the history of the local area and discover why it was once of global importance. Pupils will explore the lives of mudlarkers using storytelling, old photographs and drama to experience life in Victorian London. This session enables pupils to gain an understanding and awareness of the past and compare it with the present.

Site: Greenwich

Duration: Full day programme – 4 hours plus half an hour for lunch. Half day’s available on request.

Costs can be found here

Practical information can be found here

Learning objectives

Please send us your learning objectives in advance of your trip so we can tailor the programme to your requirements.

Please help us preserve London’s heritage by not taking artefacts from the foreshore

Please read our artefact policy