Tribes and Tides: A voyage through prehistory KS2


Our prehistory course is run at Rotherhithe. The programme provides pupils with an opportunity to observe the local environment and discover the local history of the river and how it links to a wider historical context.

Session 1

Roleplay throughout the day will involve pupils working in ‘tribes’ to discover what the local area was like from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Fieldwork on the foreshore at Rotherhithe involves collecting and identifying objects to distinguish between different materials, providing an insight into how London’s rivers were used and the complexity of people’s lives during prehistoric times. Creative arts help pupils to gain an understanding into tribal life, societies and relationships between different groups and make comparisons between ancient and modern life.

Session 2

An overview of prehistory, river settlement and archaeology will enable pupils to develop key vocabulary and chronological understanding. Hands-on classroom activities will enable pupils to gain historical perspective using a range of resources including maps, pictures and objects.


The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe.


Full day programme only.

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