School children make The Adventurous Salmon leap off the page!
How Robert Ferguson Primary school pupils and illustrator Clare Waring joined forces with Eden Rivers Trust to illustrate the story of The Adventurous Salmon
We have teamed up with other rivers trusts across the UK to help create the Rivers Trust School Hub – a one-stop shop to provide parents and teachers with free, online home learning resources all about rivers.
Books, games, activity sheets and even mapping software enable children of primary and secondary ages to explore river wildlife, learn how rivers are created, their effects on our landscape and understand why they’re not clean and healthy.
Despite Covid-19 restrictions easing, schools are still closed for most children. Parents and teachers alike are still desperate for help to provide inspiring activities and resources to support their children’s learning that can be done inside the home or whilst out and about.
In response, The Rivers Trust, the umbrella body for the UK-wide river trust movement, created the Schools Hub thanks to support from the WaterCo-Governance project funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The Schools Hub brings together some of the best river-themed activities from rivers trusts all around the UK, including our very own Eden Rivers Trust.
Anneka France, GIS Analyst and computer mapping guru at the Rivers Trust said:
The Hub houses a collection of over 100 activities – including an online game, virtual river field trip and journey down the River Eden, story books, videos, film making, experiments, bioblitz surveys, wildlife fact files, quizzes, dance creation, photography, art and craft, maths, science and english activities … plenty to keep kids occupied over the summer.
Our contribution includes our book, The Adventurous Salmon, our collection of fun family activities and, in collaboration with The Rivers Trust, two of our ArcGIS story maps for Key Stage 3 and 4 students created using Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping.
Tania Crockett, Learning Coordinator, Eden Rivers Trust said:
Our GIS mapping resources are perfect for secondary school children who are learning about river processes – bringing them to life by using real-life case studies and data from the Eden catchment. For families with younger children, we’ve got 27 fun family activities to help make a visit to your local river an even more enjoyable experience and sneak in some maths, literacy, art or science without the kids even noticing!