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Investigating the Thames KS2

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Session 1 Fieldwork on the riverside and foreshore includes recording geographical features, using a range of scientific equipment to record simple abiotic data (temperature, velocity, state of tide) and assessing water quality through chemical testing. Pupils will use the local environment to gain experience in identifying and naming birds and recognising how they have adapted to their environment. On the foreshore pupils will collect historic artefacts, allowing them to gain an understanding and awareness of the past and compare it with the present. Fieldwork will encourage pupils to raise their own questions about their local environment.

Session 2 In the classroom pupils will carry out hands-on investigations using a range of resources including maps, photographs and historic artefacts to learn about geography, wildlife, flooding, settlement and environmental issues of the Thames. A riverside trail around the local area provides an opportunity to observe, and learn about the geography of the River Thames and land use change and how this links to a wider historical context. We will conclude with a discussion as to why the local area was once globally important. At both sites you can opt for a shorter classroom session to allow time for a guided visit around the historical buildings – this must be booked in advance. At Greenwich you can explore the Discover Greenwich Centre, the Chapel and the Painted Hall, subject to availability. At Docklands you can explore the Museum’s galleries and Sailor Town – a recreation of the streets surrounding the old docks. This is subject to your group bringing a change of clean shoes.

Sites: Museum of London Docklands and 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

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