We work with schools across the Wear catchment providing river trips to offer children first-hand experience of rivers, as well as classroom sessions and project work. We primarily work with Key Stage 2 pupils but are happy to work with any age group, including secondary schools and university students. See below for our current school activities. Please contact Lucy Lovett, Education Officer, for prices and further information. Depending on current funding, we may be able to offer some activities free or at a reduced cost.
We believe every child should have the opportunity to explore rivers first-hand and so offer river visits to a variety of sites across the catchment. Visits are curriculum based and can include themes such as ‘Journey of a River’ and ‘River Life’. Where possible we offer hands-on, in-river activities as part of the day. The site you choose will depend on your learning outcomes as well as the activities you wish to do. We will work with you to determine the best sites and activities for your needs and where appropriate are happy to help you use your local river as an outdoor classroom. We can also show you sites where we have done habitat improvement works and installed fish passes
If a river visit isn’t possible then we can come to you! We are happy to work with you to deliver river-themed classroom sessions to suit your needs.
Aimed at Key Stage 2 this is a fantastic way for pupils to learn about life-cycles and river habitats and food chains. Pupils visit the river to search for and collect mayfly nymphs before returning to the classroom to construct aqauria in which to look after the nymphs for two weeks, until they hatch into adult mayflies. Pupils can then return to the river to release the adult mayflies.
This river monitoring project links into the national Riverfly Monitoring Initiative. Pupils visit their local river each month to help us keep an eye on water quality by monitoring river invertebrates. Participation enables children to develop a sense of stewardship of their environment whilst learning about the pressures rivers face. This project is free to schools though spaces are limited.
The Wear Rivers Trust is a recognised John Muir Award provider and we are currently working with primary schools in the Bishop Auckland and Gaunless Valley areas to help pupils gain their John Muir Award. The John Muir Award is all about exploring wild places and pupils spend a week undertaking outdoor activities along the length of the River Gaunless to Discover, Explore and Conserve the river and Share what they have learnt. More information about the John Muir Award can be found at https://www.johnmuirtrust.org/john-muir-award
Try out these watery activities taken from our River Gaunless pack for schools due out in the autumn and produced in collaboration with Daisy Arts. We will be adding to these over the summer so keep checking back!