Understanding Rivers - Key Stage 2

Learn about how rivers work naturally and how they are managed; enjoy practical experiments, a river walk to Marsh Lock and our River Gallery challenges.

Activities include:

  • A large scale map of the drainage basin of the River Thames with cards defining different physical features of rivers, and photographs of locations along the river.
  • Hands on experiment to better understand the impact of land types and the speed in which precipitation travels to a river channel.
  • Hands on experiment to demonstrate the processes of ‘erosion’, ‘transportation’, and ‘deposition’ along a river channel.
  • Hands on experiment to better understand floodplains and groundwater. Students will see how sediments become saturated, what happens when they become supersaturated and the formation of springs.
  • An opportunity to handle artefacts connected to life on and in the river to demonstrate the connection between Leisure, Work, Transport, Wildlife and Environmental Management of rivers.

Understanding Rivers Workshop Summary
Rivers Drama Game Resource
RRM Teachers’ Pack Tutored Visit