Our core education offering is ‘School on the River’ (SoR), but the Charity’s education arm now offers a great deal more than that! Gemma Hindi, our Environmental Education Coordinator, has been working hard to expand our offerings and the groups we offer to. The original SoR covers Key Stage 2 (years 3-6, ages 7-11) Geography and Science. Eco Venturers (EV), our sustainability programme, is designed to be adaptable to individual school needs and can address curriculum topics: Science, Design & Technology, Geography and PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education). In addition to Key Stage 2, in early July the pilot Eco Venturers for Key Stage 1 (year 2) was delivered successfully and there have also been secondary school (Key Stage 3) enquiries.
Eco Venturers can also be adapted for schools participating in Eco-Schools (an international award programme helping schools become more sustainable) who are interested in days focusing on reducing waste, renewable energy and water conservation. Human Geography and Thames History workshops are being developed, using new resources provided by Thames Learning Group (TLG).
We held an adult London educators residential weekend in early Summer and outdoor learning training for two teacher training colleges. Youth groups such as scouts and guides are participating in river clean-up activities and we are targeting older youth groups that provide guidance and life skills for disadvantaged young people.
So just a few things to keep the Education team busy!