Education and Learning

Our education days will be restarting in May.   We are taking bookings now for the Summer and Autumn terms.   Please scroll down for further details and get in touch on 020 8940 3509 or to discuss a booking.

While it wasn’t possible to be on the boat during the lockdown period last year, we developed some digital resources to share, bringing our boats, activities and the river to you! The River-Based Experiment pack, with the accompanying video, and the Eco-Activity pack have been created so that the activities can all be completed from home, using equipment that will likely be in your home already. Each activity is adapted from our education programmes and links to the National Curriculum so can be used as a supplementary learning material or as an informative practical activity for children. The experiments in the videos are aimed at KS2 but can also be enjoyed by KS1 as they give a ‘virtual’ experience of being on the river. For the rocks and soils experiment, it is possible to conduct your own experiments at home using improvised equipment (if you have access to). It is worth watching the video first and assisting your children throughout. Otherwise, both experiments have been recorded so that children can still get the full experience from the video, without requiring any equipment. Feel free to pause, rewind and fast forward the video in order to get the most out of the clips. In the activity pack, the Eco-Boat activity is aimed at KS1 and the Eco-Audit is for KS2, but both can be completed by all age groups with assistance. The activity packs have clear instructions for each task and what equipment will be needed. We hope these activities will help to keep children engaged until schools can join us on the river once more!

Links to resources:

RTBP Activity Pack

RTBP Virtual Experiments

We run two education programmes from Thames Venturer, our converted Dutch Barge, as well as informal sessions for youth groups and children’s groups. We can offer bespoke sessions upon request so please contact us to discuss your needs.

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A local school has a good day on board!

‘School on the River’ is a KS2 hands-on Geography and Science workshop, lasting a full school day and based at Teddington Lock. Children learn from the environment around them, explore the foreshore and do science experiments into the health and history of the river. Click here for more information.

‘Eco Venturersecoventurers - Copy is for KS1 or KS2 eco-warriors who want to achieve an eco-schools green flag, or who are interested in sustainable technology, recycling, and river wildlife. Eco-Venturers links to the national curriculum and runs at Kingston riverside. More information here.

drasticplastic_wideDrastic Plastic is our new unit, all about plastic pollution and its global impacts. Children consider where plastic waste comes from, how to prevent it, and how to replace plastic in their lives. They model how plastic flows along the Thames to join the sea, just like the water. More information here.

Youth groups, children’s groups and scouts_groupinformal education. We run river clean-ups and a variety of environmental activities for Beavers and Cubs, Woodcraft Folk and other youth groups. Contact us to discuss your group’s needs.

Residentials: youth and adult groups can enjoy exciting sleepovers or weekends away, enjoying both boating and environmental activities on our Dutch barge, Thames Venturer.

We can tailor our programmes to meet your groups’ needs and learning objectives, so contact us to discuss options. For more information about Education programmes, or to make a booking, please contact Pippa on 020 8940 3509 or on or

If you are a school and you have booked your education day at Teddington Lock, please download our Risk Assessment in pdf form here

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Living and Learning Afloat
is aimed at children and young people between the ages of 8 and 18, including young carers. These offer day trips and residential voyages with a strong emphasis on learning new skills and personal development.  For more information contact 020 8940 3509 or

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