Getting to Know the River

(geography with history and science links)

This programme provides pupils with an opportunity to explore and experience their local environment.


Session 1

On the riverside pupils develop geographical knowledge of the local river environment and its wildlife and observe how people use the river. Pupils make their own observations and carry out simple scientific tests (temperature, speed of flow and water quality). Bird-spotting on the riverside allows pupils to classify birds into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. River dipping on the foreshore enables pupils to identify and compare different animals. Pupils will also get the chance to identify and describe the conditions of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, including microhabitats.

Session 2

Role play with the River of Life floor game involves creating a natural river habitat and looking at food chains. Pupils gain an understanding of the past by investigating river settlement and how people have used and harmed the river. Using drama pupils will explore environmental issues and find “pollution solutions” to help devise a sustainable future for the Thames.


Chiswick and Kew Bridge


Full day programme – 4 hours plus half an hour for lunch. Half day’s available on request.

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