Investigating Environmental Change KS2

This programme provides an opportunity to observe the local environment and learn about the local history of the River Thames and how it is linked into a wider historical context.


Session 1

Fieldwork on the riverside includes recording river 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 the environment. The riverside trail provides pupils with an opportunity to explore, observe and carry out a local history study. Pupils will gather evidence of how the river environment has changed over time and how pollution and human impacts can pose a danger to living things. On the foreshore at Isleworth pupils collect, identify and observe invertebrates and find out how these organisms have adapted to the environment. On the foreshore at Southwark and Greenwich pupils collect historic artefacts to study river settlement and local history. Fieldwork at all sites aims to encourage pupils to raise questions about their local environment.


Southwark and Greenwich.


Half day programme – 2 hours. No indoor facilities

Learning Objective

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