The end of term is fast approaching but we still have plenty to do and look forward to. Today we went to Haddington and spent the whole day studying the river in different ways. In one group with John the Ranger, we used nets, trays, magnifying boxes and an identification key to see what living creatures we could find in the river. And we found a whole lot from leeches, to beetles and even fish! This proved the river Tyne is very healthy. We even had time to look at what different plants and bushes like to life along the banks of the river. In another group with Richard the Ranger, we followed the flow of the River Tyne from its source past Pencaitland and on to Haddington on a big map. Then we got to do some real science. We predicted if the water flowed fastest in a deep section of a river or a shallow section. We got to test our prediction – we measured how deep our section was and then timed rubber ducks as they floated down the section of river. We did this over a deep section and a shallow section and we were right! The water flowed fastest in the shallow section. And in the third group Martyn from Outdoor Ed took us in canoes up the river. We learned how to work together to get the canoes to go where we wanted them to. And as we went up the river we learned how the river shaped the land beside it and we now know lots about meanders, flood plains and trash lines! It was a great day. We all had a fab time.