River in the classroom is a popular and successful primary school activity
It takes place just once a year – during Spring Term (Jan – March)
Here is a brief summary Case Study River in the classroom.
In 2014 URES worked with 6 school groups in Burnley, expanding to over 10 in 2015. Following meetings with local teachers URES involved artists in the delivery of educational activities designed to improve literacy skills at the same time as directly engaging the children in learning about the life cycle of fish, food webs and the abundance of wildlife associated with rivers.
November – Teachers are invited to a teacher training event, this is an excellent opportunity for Teachers to share best practice, see the equipment in action and take away helpful information including ideas for curriculum links in advance of taking part in the project. Teacher guide to raising brown trout in the classroom.
December – A fish tank is installed into the school before Christmas holidays begin. This gives the teacher an opportunity to prepare the class and it also helps to ensure the water in the tank is chilled to the correct ‘river’ temperature and that the bio-active filter media is well established before the fish arrive early next term.
January – Fish eggs arrive fresh from Dunsop Bridge Fish Farm. The school children are able to watch and care for about 100 ‘eggs’ which hatch and grow into small ‘alvin’. During this period, the children will learn about the lifecycle of a trout and how essential it is for river wildlife to keep our local streams healthy.
February – March – Once the alvin have absorbed their egg sac the small fry begin to swim up in search of food. The children will help to feed the small fry and care for them as they grow. URES worked with storyteller Creeping Toad and musician Steve Brown to deliver a range of arts and song writing workshops with the school children.
‘To add extra depth to the rivers of your pupil’s imagination,
ripples in the pools of their creativity
and leaping fish in their language…
read Creative workshops for River in the Classroom.’
March – April – When the fry are a suitable size Ribble Rivers Trust obtains the relevant permissions for fish release from the Environment Agency and a river walk is organised to involve the young people in the release of their young brown trout into the wild.