Ships, Maps and Trade: The Great Tea Race (KS2 Humanities)


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Essential information

Key stage: 
Key Stage 2
School subject: 
Geography, History
Cutty Sark
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Discover the story of tea at Cutty Sark and set sail on an exciting journey from Victorian London to China on board the ship.

Children will find out what life was like for merchant sailors as they become key characters from the ship’s past, study maps and images, and recreate weather conditions on board using simple drama techniques.

Time to race home! Which team will get back to London first? 

60 minute session plus self-guided time.

Explore maps and play games at both Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum to discover how journeys and trade connect the world. It is possible to book self-guided time at the National Maritime Museum. Your group can venture onto The Great Map at the National Maritime Museum to explore objects and trade with our trails.

Booking a session

Sessions cannot be booked online, this is always done via an email or phone enquiry in the first instance.

To book a visit, telephone 020 8312 6608 or e-mail

Cutty Sark schools booking information

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Learning resources

Cutty Sark Humanities Resource (KS2)

Teachers' guide to visiting Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark Facts Pack

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