Having enjoyed their Easter holidays, P5 were back in “at the deep end” with a day out at Haddington to a complete a river study. It was interesting to compare the River Tyne from the back of the school to the section at the Haddington weir. It forms another important step in our John Muir Discovery award. Fortunately the weather was gorgeous making it a wonderful day.and everyone all had a great time so thanks to Martyn, Ed, Richard and Leigh.
The class was split into 3 groups each, rotating around 3 different activities. River profile – looking at rate of flow compared to the depth and width of the river. Also looking at erosion of the river banks, meanders and where the river has come from and where it is going. River dipping – looking at the variety of life inhabiting the river (we caught numerous fish as well as insects) with particular emphasis on indicator species that show how “healthy” a river is. Canoeing – looking at evidence of work undertaken to prevent erosion. Discussed terms such as trash line, flood plain and tributary. Also explored the industrial past of the river. And of course the skills of paddling a canoe and the teamwork involved.