Education for Key Stage 2 - Year 3, 4

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:


Rivers at Low Tide

A guided walk in Deptford Creek wearing waders

Includes opportunities to:

  • Physical geography – Understand key aspects of rivers and the water cycle
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – Observe the human and physical features in and around Deptford Creek
  • Human geography – Observe how the land use of the area around Deptford Creek has changed
  • Living things and their habitats – Investigate Deptford Creek as a habitat, identify and name a variety of living things and group them into broad groups
  • Working scientifically – Measure the speed of flow of Deptford Creek by using scientific equipment, taking measurements and repeat readings
  • Local History – Observe aspects of national history reflected in the locality
  • Physical education – Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity

River Mouth Walk

A guided walk on land following Deptford Creek to its mouth where it meets the Thames

Includes opportunities to:

  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – Use maps, compass directions and grid references to build on knowledge of the local area
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – Create comparative field sketches by observing and recording the human and physical features in and around Deptford Creek at different locations
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – Observe the human and physical features in and around Deptford Creek
  • Physical geography – Understand key aspects of rivers and the water cycle
  • Human geography – Observe how the land use of the area around Deptford Creek has changed
  • Living things and their habitats – Identify and name a variety of living things that use Deptford Creek as a habitat and group them into broad groups
  • Local History – Observe aspects of national history reflected in the locality

Habitat Study

A programme of habitat sampling in an aquatic habitat, either Deptford Creek or the Creekside pond

Includes opportunities to:

  • Working scientifically – Sample invertebrates using a range of scientific equipment, record results and use classification keys.
  • Living things and their habitats – Identify and name a variety of living things and group them into broad groups
  • Living things and their habitats – Classify living things according to common observable characteristics
  • Human geography – Observe how the land use of the area around Deptford Creek has changed
  • Local History – Observe aspects of national history reflected in the locality
  • Physical education – Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity

Stone Age Experience

An opportunity to travel back in time to experience and discover how our ancestors lived

Includes opportunities to:

  • Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age – An introduction to the lives of Neolithic hunter-gatherers
  • Design and technology, Design – Develop a design for a shelter that is fit for purpose and communicate ideas through discussion
  • Design and technology, Make – Select from and use a range of construction materials according to their functional properties to make a shelter
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – Construct a map of the Creekside grounds by observing and recording the human and physical features in the local area
  • Art and design – Experiment with different materials and increase awareness of different kinds of art
  • Physical education – Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity
  • PSHE – Make safe and informed decisions about risk

Local History Study

A historic walk in Deptford Creek wearing waders

Includes opportunities to:

  • Local history – Observe aspects of national history reflected in the locality of Deptford Creek
  • British history – Look for changes around Deptford Creek from the Victorian era
  • Physical geography – Understand key aspects of rivers and the water cycle
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – Observe the human and physical features in and around Deptford Creek
  • Human geography – Observe how the land use of the area around Deptford Creek has changed
  • Living things and their habitats – Investigate Deptford Creek as a habitat, identify and name a variety of living things and group them into broad groups
  • Physical education – Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity

The Victorians

Follow in the footsteps of Victorian child mudlarks in Deptford Creek

Includes opportunities to:

  • Local history – Observe aspects of national history reflected in the locality of Deptford Creek
  • British history – Look for changes around Deptford Creek from the Victorian era
  • Physical geography – Understand key aspects of rivers and the water cycle
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – Observe the human and physical features in and around Deptford Creek
  • Human geography – Observe how the land use of the area around Deptford Creek has changed
  • Human geography – Discover how the economic activity around Deptford Creek has changed
  • Living things and their habitats – Investigate Deptford Creek as a habitat, identify and name a variety of living things and group them into broad groups
  • Physical education – Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity

Shipwrecked

Survive being shipwrecked in Deptford Creek by building a shelter, lighting a fire and foraging for wild food

Includes opportunities to:

  • Design and technology, Design – Develop a design for a shelter that is fit for purpose and communicate ideas through discussion
  • Design and technology, Make – Select from and use a range of construction materials according to their functional properties to make a shelter
  • Design and technology, Technical knowledge – Apply understanding of how to strengthen and reinforce their shelter
  • Cooking and nutrition – Understand seasonality and how to find a variety of foods growing wild
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork – use maps and globes to locate countries and describe water bodies
  • Physical education – Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity
  • PSHE – Make safe and informed decisions about risk