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Bourne Westfield Primary Academy pupils visit Ferry Meadows in Peterborough to study River Nene



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Year 6 pupils at Bourne Westfield were excited to visit Ferry Meadows last week to study the River Nene as a part of their geography rivers topic.

Throughout the day, pupils were guided by the professional team at Nene Park educational centre. They were welcomed with a very informative talk and the children were able to showcase their knowledge of rivers that they had learnt at school. Over the course of the day, they all took part in a range of activities where they could investigate and observe the life of a river.

The day began with a river walk. Pupils used their map skills to follow a route along the river and to locate points of interest and discuss the physical and human processes influencing the river environment. They were ‘wowed’ by the photographs of the flooding which demonstrated the need for floodplains.

Children at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy during a trip to Nene Park (55638310)
Children at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy during a trip to Nene Park (55638310)

The children discussed the impact of pollution as a part of their river study and our eco-warriors were keen to take their findings back to school to share. The groups then worked together to carry out an in-depth study of a section of river including measuring width, depth and speed of flow of water. There was an opportunity to deepen their understanding of erosion and deposition and to see this first hand.

One of the great highlights of the day for all, was the pond dipping activity where they sampled invertebrates found in fresh water and investigated how they are linked through their feeding relationships. The children found some amazing examples of life in the water from dragonfly nymphs to leeches.

Year 6 teacher, Katie Knott, said: “The buzz around the trays of water was fantastic. One child was overheard saying, ‘I never knew there could be so much life in one bucket of water from a local river!’ The children returned to school with huge smiles and heads full of facts and knowledge of the life of a river.”

Children at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy during a trip to Nene Park (55638305)
Children at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy during a trip to Nene Park (55638305)
Children at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy during a trip to Nene Park (55638303)
Children at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy during a trip to Nene Park (55638303)
Children at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy during a trip to Nene Park (55638308)
Children at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy during a trip to Nene Park (55638308)


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