Learning about Rivers – Primary Schools and Home Learning

We are proud and delighted to be able to offer primary schools and home learners a variety of ways to learn about and engage with the wonderful world of Eden’s rivers.

During 2022, our Act for Eden’s Rivers programme is available to schools across the catchment. This cross-curricular programme not only introduces children to some of Eden’s Amazing Creatures, but also helps them learn about what healthy rivers need, and how to take action to reduce pollution and use water wisely. This is proving a popular programme, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more and to book.

This programme is supported by United Utilities CaST account.


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,

River Champions Act for Eden’s Rivers. A short fun and educational film made with and presented by the children of Lowther Endowed School. Find out where our tap water comes from and why it is such a precious resource; where our dirty water goes and how we can cause river pollution if we flush the ‘wrong things’ and 7 easy River Challenges to inspire us all to do our bit in our daily lives: Use water wisely, Reduce Pollution and pour some much-needed love back into our rivers!

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

River Detectives Check out our film and resources about what healthy rivers need, how farmers are helping to protect them and why this is important for us humans too.

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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.
Copyright ©Eden Rivers Trust.

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