Learning outdoors is fun
Our River School projects link to Key Stages 1 & 2 of the National Curriculum and aim to make learning enjoyable. River School is made up of three strands:
Salmon in the Classroom
This provides a fantastic learning experience both in the classroom and on the riverbank. It uses the lifecycle of the North Atlantic Salmon to connect school children to their local river, learning about fish migration, lifecycles, food chains and healthy river environments.
With a tank set up in the classroom—pupils watch the initial lifecycle of the Salmon in real time, helping to monitor water temperature within the tank as the eggs hatch into alevin, before a trip to the river bank to release them into river at the fry stage of their lifecycle.
Mayfly in the Classroom
This provides a fantastic opportunity to focus on the lifecycle of these amazing invertebrates and where they fit into the food chain.
Pupils will take part in ‘kick sampling’ (holding a net underwater in the river) to collect Mayfly nymphs and take them back to the classroom. Here they will set up an aquaria to monitor their development and watch them emerge into adult Mayfly before they are released.
Science on the Tyne
This is a flexible lesson plan giving us the opportunity to work with teachers to deliver a bespoke lesson based on the River Tyne that fits in with their class.
From practical sessions down on the riverbank, river lifecycles and food chains to nature walks and measuring rainfall it can be adapted to suit different age groups and abilities.