Thames Explorer Trust Outdoor River Education London

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Pier House, Corney Reach Way, Chiswick, London, W4 2UG

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

The Thames foreshore is a unique & impactful learning space, The Thames Explorer Trust is acknowledged as the leading educator on the river with over 29 years’ experience where we run an exciting choice of 25 river-themed programmes.

Listed under: Art and Design | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Walking Tours | Special Educational Needs (SEN) | Outdoor Education | Ecology & Green Awareness | Field Studies | Science | History | Geography | Environmental Studies | English | Conservation

What we offer

We run an exciting programme of activities for schools and other education groups which take place along the Thames at 11 sites from Isleworth to Greenwich. Our full day courses involve both indoor and outdoor activities suitable for children from EYFS to KS5, SEND. We also run an outreach programme. Outdoor activities make use of the foreshore (land exposed by the outgoing tide), or river embankment. Our supporting indoor activities take place at key partner sites nearby. Last year 21,000 people booked a trip or event with us.

See link to locations across london: http://thames-explorer.org.uk/ 

What makes us a great choice?

Our full day programmes usually run from 10am to 2.30pm but can be tailored to suit your needs and involve both an indoor and outdoor sessions. Our half day programmes last 2 hours and take place outdoors. Start and finish times are dependent on the tide. Our courses can be tailor made to suit your learning goals.

You can download an overview of our schools programmes here

Accreditation and Awards

No, we are however publishers of the Thames Foreshore Health and Safety Manual.

Group Sizes Catered For

Our maximum group size is 30 children plus accompanying adults – required adult to child ratios depend on age of children. On outreach visits to schools we are able to teach 3 classes of 30 pupils.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We provide worksheets on the day that can be taken back to school for follow up work.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Photography is only allowed by accompanying adults unless you specify otherwise, say on art and photography field trips.

Risk Assessment Details

We can provide example risk assessments for all of our sites. We encourage group leaders to write their own risk assessments and pre-site visits may be arranged by contacting us. We always send safety information with confirmation of your booking and can email you a PDF of the Foreshore Health and Safety Guidelines if you require.

Education Officer Information

As an educational organisation you can speak to anyone in our team for advice.

Pricing Information

Our basic costs for up to 30 children (adults go free) are:
Half day £205

Full day £305

As a charity we are sadly unable to offer discounts although we sometimes offer cancelled visit places at a reduced rate on our website.

Clothing Requirements

It is recommended that everyone attending our trips should wear clothing appropriate to the weather. Footwear should be either wellies, walking boots or old trainers or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy. A change of footwear and socks is required for indoor sessions, and a plastic bag to put muddy things in.

First Aid Information

Although our teaching staff carry first aid kits the trip leader is required to bring their own kit and a first aider should be included in the accompanying adult group. We carry cards detailing the nearest children’s A&E department, local taxi services and postcodes of our sites (or location description in the case of foreshore work). Teachers must bring sufficient money to be able to transport an injured person to hospital in a taxi and a charged mobile phone for use in emergency.

Available Facilities

All of our sites are different. Those venues with classrooms hosting full day programmes have disabled access, toilets, a place to wash hands and somewhere to have lunch. Those sites which are outdoor only eg Southwark have no dedicated facilities, although we can recommend nearby toilets and handwashing facilities. Contact us for more information.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Our sites which host full day programmes have disabled access and toilets. Due to the uneven and sometimes muddy nature of the foreshore it may not be possible for wheelchair users to join their classmates (although some groups have managed to do this). If this is the case we can provide alternative activities on the riverbank.

Opening Hours & Information

Our offices are open from 8.30am until 4.30pm. Visits usually take place Monday to Friday with a typical whole day session starting at 10am and finishing at 2.30pm. This allows London schools to take advantage of free public transport.

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