We Are Britain

Block E - Rivers and Canals

Learn about the countries and capitals of the UK. Learn fundamental information, key geographical vocabulary and important skills such as using maps, atlases and globes. Learn through a series of creative activities such as puppet show presentations, individual ‘family trees’ , a class ‘Breakfast Club’ that celebrates the diversity of all the children, putting on a castle inspired art exhibition, taking part in your own ‘We are Great Britain’ conference and sharing a final GB Bakery celebration!

Learn about rivers and canals with Ratty and Moley. Carry out an investigation to find out how rivers begin and develop. Journey down a river, create rivers and canals and discover the differences. Track animals and create your own animal evidence. Discover the significance of rivers and canals in industry, and investigate weaving. Build your own boats and launch them during the final session- the fact picnic. Share all your knowledge, not forgetting the food!

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Why are rivers wiggly?

Children will be introduced to Ratty and Moley from Wind in the Willows. Moley and Ratty help children learn more about rivers and how they begin, by investigating the answers to two important questions.

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02: Wonderful weaving

Ratty and Moley will take children on a river journey. They will find out more facts about the river Thames and other important rivers in the UK. They will make their own weaving looms and class picnic basket in which to place facts they learn along the way.

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03: What is the difference?

Children will create their own canals and journey down a canal in a narrow boat. They will discuss the differences between canals and rivers and create their own boats using different materials. 

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04: Animal tracks and signs

Ratty and Moley take children animal tracking where they will learn to recognise animal tracks and signs. They will play an animal matching game where they will learn about animal scat- don´t forget to hold your nose! Finally, they will create their own scat in their scientific laboratory.

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05: Fact picnic!

Mole, Ratty and the class go on a fact picnic. Children will visit a local river/canal, groups will take turns to play pooh sticks, do some wildlife spotting, launch their boats, make leaf rubbings and finally they will enjoy a fact picnic where they will share everything that they have learnt.