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Rivers and Environmental Issues KS2

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Session 1a – foreshore fieldwork: Foreshore fieldwork Includes using a range of scientific equipment to record simple abiotic data (temperature, velocity, state of tide), assessing water quality through chemical tests and invertebrate sampling. Pupils will observe river features including meanders and islands and river processes such as erosion, transportation and deposition. Pupils will use the local environment to gain experience in identifying and naming birds and invertebrates and to recognise how these organisms have adapted to the environment. The fieldwork aims to encourage pupils to raise questions about their local environment.

Session 2 Includes revision of geographical features and the water cycle. The River of Life floor game involves creating a natural river habitat and gaining an understanding of food chains and adaptations. Pupils will then look at how the river environment has changed over time and how pollution and human impact can pose a danger to living things. Through drama pupils will explore environmental issues and find “pollution solutions” to help devise a sustainable future for the Thames.

When the tide is high at Chiswick river bank options 1b and 1c may be taken instead of 1a:

Session 1b – Riverside Challenge: Fieldwork on the riverside aims to encourage pupils to raise questions about riverside settlement, flood protection, human impact and wildlife. On the pier, pupils will use a range of scientific equipment to record simple abiotic data (temperature, depth, velocity, state of tide) and assess water quality through chemical tests. Pupils will observe river features including meanders and islands and river processes such as erosion, transportation and deposition. Pupils will use the local environment to gain experience in identifying and naming birds and recognising how they have adapted to their environment.

Session 1c – Meet the RNLI Lifeboat Crew: A great example of citizenship in action. Pupils have the opportunity to visit the Chiswick Lifeboat Station, which is the second busiest in the RNLI fleet. Pupils will learn first-hand about features of the E-class Lifeboat, the crew’s kit and what happens when the crew are called out to an emergency. Pupils will also learn how to prevent accidents from happening by developing an understanding of water safety. Please note: Chiswick is an operational lifeboat station so occasionally the crew might have to leave promptly to answer an emergency call. For this reason pupils will not be able to board the Lifeboat. On the pier, pupils will use a range of scientific equipment to record simple abiotic data (temperature, depth, velocity, state of tide) and assess water quality through chemical tests. Pupils will observe river features including meanders and islands and river processes such as erosion, transportation and deposition. Pupils will use the local environment to gain experience in identifying and naming birds and recognising how they have adapted to their environment.

Site: Chiswick and Kew Bridge and Fulham Palace

Duration: Full day programme – 4 hours plus half an hour for lunch. Half day’s available on request at all sites except Fulham Palace.

Costs can be found here

Practical information can be found here

Learning objectives

Please send us your learning objectives in advance of your trip so we can tailor the programme to your requirements.

Please help us preserve London’s heritage by not taking artefacts from the foreshore

Please read our artefact policy

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