Education for Key Stage 1

We bring science, geography and history to life through hands-on experiences in the local environment. Programmes at Creekside Discovery Centre allow participants to explore, make discoveries, propose hypotheses, carry out investigations and draw conclusions all whilst engaged in an exciting outdoor activity.

  • School visits normally run 10.00am – 2.15pm
  • Class size of up to 30 pupils
  • Sessions cost from £270 for a full day
  • Discounts available for schools with 15% of pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding

Contact Us To Discuss Your Education Day

Programmes available:


Year 1 - Animals and plants

Discover, identify and name a variety of animals and plants living in the local environment.

Includes opportunities to:

  • Working scientifically – Observe minibeasts closely, using simple equipment
  • Working scientifically – identify and classify minibeasts from different habitats
  • Science, Plants – Identify and name a variety of common plants living in the local environment
  • Science, Animals – Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish from the Creek, amphibians from the pond and birds
  • Science, Animals – Learn how animals eat different things and meet some local herbivores, omnivores and carnivores
  • Science, Animals – Understand that animals have different shaped bodies, and name some body parts

Year 2 - Habitats and Food Chains

Discover the local habitats of Deptford Creek, Creekside Pond and Sue Godfrey Nature Park.

Includes opportunities to:

  • Working scientifically – Observe Minibeasts closely, using simple equipment
  • Working scientifically – Gather and record sampling data to help compare and contrast aquatic and terrestrial habitats
  • Living things and their habitats – identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats of the pond and grassland of the Nature Park
  • Living things and their habitats – Describe how animals obtain their food or create a food chain using animals and plants found in different micro-habitats
  • Living things and their habitats – Identify that habitats provide the basic needs for living things and each animal or plant is adapted to survive there
  • Science, Animals – Find out about the basic needs of animals and their adaptations to get water, food and air for survival

The Great Fire of London

Travel back in time to 1666, become a baker, build a fire and hunt for Samuel Pepys’s buried cheese.

Includes opportunities to:

  • History, Events beyond living memory – Explore what life in London was like in 1666
  • History, Significant historical event – Discover key events during the Great Fire of London
  • History, Lives of significant individuals – Become a baker with Thomas Farriner, baker to the King, and help Samuel Pepys, the diary writer, find his cheese
  • Design and technology, Make – Place paper and wood in a fire drum to light a fire
  • Design and technology, Make – Make bread dough using a range of ingredients and bake the bread over the fire
  • PSHE – Make safe and informed decisions about risk

River Investigation

A selection of first-hand observation activities, to enhance location awareness and inspire curiosity.

Includes opportunities to:

  • Geographical locational and place knowledge – Identify characteristics of London, the North sea, the Thames and Deptford Creek
  • Physical geography – Use geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features of the river
  • Human geography – Use geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features of in and around the river
  • Living things and their habitats – identify and name a variety of plants and animals in the river habitat
  • Working scientifically – Observe river animals closely, using simple equipment
  • Local history study – Observe aspects of history reflected in the locality

Local History Study - Jobs

Discover the history of Deptford Creek though the jobs that people did here in the past.

Includes opportunities to:

  • Significant historical places in this locality – Explore what life around Deptford Creek was like in the past
  • Geographical locational and place knowledge – Identify characteristics of London, the Thames and Deptford Creek
  • Physical geography – Use geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features of the river
  • Human geography – Use geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features of in and around the river
  • Living things and their habitats – identify and name a variety of plants and animals in the river habitat
  • Significant historical people in this locality – Become a writer like John Evelyn
  • Design and technology, Make – Become a Deptford potter and make a pot out of clay
  • Design and technology, Design & Make – Become a railway engineer to design and build a railway bridge

Local History Study - Transport

Discover the history of Deptford Creek though the transport that people used here in the past.

Includes opportunities to:

  • Significant historical places in this locality – Explore what life around Deptford Creek was like in the past
  • Significant historical people and places in this locality – Encounter the Royal Dockyards founded by King Henry VIII
  • Geographical locational and place knowledge – Identify characteristics of London, the Thames and Deptford Creek
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – Use maps and globes to identify London, the UK, other countries, oceans and seas
  • Physical geography – Use geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features of the river
  • Human geography – Use geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features of in and around the river
  • Living things and their habitats – identify and name a variety of plants and animals in the river habitat
  • Design and technology, Design & Make – Construct a boat to sail and transport cargo in Deptford Creek