Learning about Rivers – Primary Schools and Home Learning

While we are sadly unable to deliver our usual river education programmes due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are adapting to new ways to help children learn about and engage with the wonderful world of Eden’s rivers.

We have a variety of resources (with numbers growing all the time) designed to help spark interest and prompt further learning, such as:

Our suite of 24 Riverside Activity Sheets, designed for exploratory, safe outdoor learning to resources, and

The Adventurous Salmon, a fun illustrated storybook following an intrepid salmon throughout his life, with accompanying non-fiction section and follow-up literacy activity.

Aside from updating and creating more opportunities to learn online, in 2021 we will be focusing on working with the schools and communities in specific areas within the Eden catchment. We are proud to be involved in two Landscape Partnership Schemes (LPS), Fellfoot Forward LPS and Westmorland Dales LPS and our community engagement work in improving the Trout Beck catchment in the area west of the A66 between Kirkby Thore & Appleby will continue this year.

If you think you’re in one of these areas and would be interested to find out how we could work together, please get in touch.

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Here are some river-themed resources to support your teaching of river topics. Materials on this page may be downloaded and reproduced for educational purposes.
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Adventurous Salmon book cover

The Adventurous Salmon

A poem about an epic journey with a fun creative writing activity sheet

Go to The Adventurous Salmon page

cartoon cow and river

River Detectives

A fun and engaging film with activity sheet

Go to River Detectives page

Make a scrap-motion movie

Create and star in your very own movie about the river

Go to Make a scrap-motion movie instructions

ArcGIS map: Journey Down the Eden

Journey Down the Eden

Interactive map introducing river vocabulary, processes and interesting landmarks

Explore Story Map

Children playing pooh sticks

Activity sheets to download

Activities to do by the river linked to the Curriculum

Browse activity sheets

Boy river dipping

Freshwater invertebrate key

Guide to river dipping and the invertebrates that live there

Download river dipping guide