Standard Rivers Programme for KS2
Our standard rivers programme is aimed at years 5 and 6, but can be adapted for lower KS2 classes. It focuses on science and geography, with the opportunity to also do some literacy, art, or team-work activities. We focus on human impacts on rivers, as well as investigating freshwater wildlife. The programme involves:
We can also suggest some pre- and post-visit self-led activities to enhance your field trip.
Classroom session (one day)
The indoor session will prepare the children for their field trip with a series of interactive activities. We will:
Field trip (one day)
We will find a suitable spot by a local river where we will eat lunch in the great outdoors, and do a round-robin of three activities. Depending on your group size, two of these activities may need to be led by the adults accompanying your class. There may be time to do an additional activity depending on arrival and departure times.
a) River poetry: the children will do some creative writing linked to the river and video each other reading it out loud
b) Natural art: the children will create some outdoor art with a watery theme using sticks and leaves, Andy Goldsworthy-style!
c) Photo treasure-hunt: in teams, the group will be challenged to observe their surroundings and find a list of particular things to take photos of
Suggested pre-visit self-led activities
Suggested post-visit self-led activities
Want it longer?
We would love to support you and your class to do a sharing activity of some kind, such as an assembly, display, performance, peer teaching session or video. You can decide how best to use this additional half-day of our time. You could also book us for an additional session from our list below.
Want it shorter?
We can squeeze our activities into one day but this only works if you have a suitable site within half an hour of your school. We will have to miss out the soil experiment and role-play activity and there will be less unstructured time for the children to experience being outdoors.
Can’t go outside?
Try Rivers in the Classroom! We can do just the one-day indoor part of our standard programme. This can be delivered when rivers are more inaccessible in the winter time or if there is not a suitable site nearby.
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