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Our trip to Marsh Meadow Conservation Area

Summer Term


This week, we are flowing into our new topic - Tales of the Riverbank. Below outlines what the children will be learning and you will find a topic web document at the bottom for more details.






Our learning Journey ...                       

  • Finding out about Otters; habitats, diet, behaviour and the difficulties they face.How can we help to save this endangered British mammal?

  • How the river changes through the seasons

  • Studying other creatures that make their homes in and around the water and the plants that grow there

  • Swans and swan-upping

  • A historical study on the life and work of Stanley Spencer and his links to Cookham

  • Rules for river safety

  • Canal boats; their links to the Industrial Revolution, life on a barge, canal boat art.

  • The journey of a raindrop

  • What is a river?

  • Water conservation, local and global

  • Comparing rivers around the world

  • Learning about man-made and natural waterways

    In school this term, we hope to enrich the learning with ...

  • Pond dipping

  • Visiting speakers

  • A ballerina

  • Scientific investigation


    Questions we hope to answer this term ...

  • What is a river?

  • How can we save water?

  • What types of animals live by a river?

  • How would we recognise an otter?

  • How does the riverbank change over the seasons?

  • What is swan-upping?

  • Is it true that all swans belong to the Queen?

  • Who was Stanley Spencer?

  • How can we make sure we are safe on the river?

  • Where does water go?



Topic Web for Summer Term