Whether you are a primary, secondary or further education teacher, find out how the River Academy can feed into your teaching by exploring this guide of our resources. Or, feel free to contact us using the form.

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Our Primary School resources have been designed for KS1 & KS2 geography and science lessons.

River Landscapes

‘The Drip’ animated video: LINK

‘The Drip’ is an animated video, which features a series of watercolour animations to visually illustrate the stages of the water cycle and how it is influenced by humans.

‘Reduce Flood Risk’ campaign: LINK

By joining our campaign to reduce flood risk, pupils can understand how their actions may affect flooding and what they can do about it.

River Wildlife

‘Pond Dipping’ guide: LINK

Our ‘Pond Dipping’ guide can be used to help pupils discover and identify the invertebrates living in our rivers and ponds within science lessons. It can also be adapted for geography lesson as pupils can add up the ‘pollution scores’ of the invertebrates present to see how polluted the water is.

Salmon in the Classroom: LINK

Watch this video to find out how we teamed up with Culmstock Primary School as part of the ‘Salmon in the Classroom’ project in which pupils looked after salmon fry before they were released back into the river.

‘Improve habitat’ campaign: LINK

By joining our campaign to improve habitat, pupils can learn what they can do to improve habitat for native wildlife.

River Pollution

‘How to Improve Water Quality’ poster: LINK

This ‘How to Improve Water Quality’ poster can be used as a handout or display material to illustrate how pupils can reduce their contribution to water quality issues.

‘Improve Water Quality’ campaign: LINK

By joining our campaign to improve water quality, pupils can understand how their actions may affect add to pollution and what they can do about it.

Become a Citizen Scientist: LINK

Citizen Science is an excellent way for pupils to gain fieldwork experience and observe and record changes in the river environment. By uploading their data via our Westcountry CSI app, pupils can play an active role in river restoration.

Providing Clean Water

‘Returning Waste Water’ video: LINK

This video explains how water is treated so that it can be returned back into the environment.

‘Reduce Water Usage’ campaign: LINK

By joining our campaign to reduce water usage, pupils can discover why it is important to lower how much water we use and what they can do about it.

Our Secondary School resources have been designed for KS3, GCSE & A Level teaching.

Geography: Flooding

‘Westcountry Flooding’ Storymap: LINK 

Produced using ArcGIS online, this storymap provides teachers with an interactive way to explore the issue of flooding. This storymap begins with a general overview of flood risk and includes interactive diagrams of hard and soft flood engineering schemes. Subsequently the storymap focuses on a case study of the 2012 Millbrook flooding, Cornwall.

Urban Flooding: A Look at Somerset: LINK

The SPONGE 2020 project can be used as a case study into flood risk in urban areas, focuses on flooding from surface water. Over the next 3 years, the Westcountry Rivers Trust is using innovative ways to address this issue in Taunton, Somerset…

Geography: River Landscapes (Landforms & Processes)

‘River Landscapes’ Storymap: LINK

Produced using ArcGIS online, this storymap offers an interactive explanation of key river processes (weathering, erosion, deposition, transportation) before focussing on the River Exe as a case study for exploring channel characteristics and landforms.

A worksheet to accompany the storymap can be downloaded HERE.

‘The Drip’ animated video: LINK

‘The Drip’ is an animated video, which features a series of watercolour animations to visually illustrate the stages of the water cycle and how it is influenced by humans.

Geography: River Ecosystems

‘River Ecosystems’ Storymap: LINK

This storymap gives an overview of the ecosystems at varying scales in the Westcountry before focusing on river ecosystems as a case study for interrelationships, abiotic and biotic influences, food chains and food webs. The storymap also includes case studies for the human influence on river ecosystems in terms of commercial fishing and agricultural intensification.

Geography: Resource Management (Pollution)

‘Water Quality’ poster: LINK

This ‘Water Quality’ poster can be used as a handout or display material to illustrate the sources of rural and urban pollution and the differences between point and diffuse pollution.

‘Eutrophication’ poster: LINK

This ‘Eutrophication’ poster can be used as a handout or display material to explain the causes and impacts of eutrophication.

‘How to Improve Water Quality’ poster: LINK

This ‘How to Improve Water Quality’ poster can be used as a handout or display material to illustrate how pupils can reduce their contribution to water quality issues.

Become a Citizen Scientist: LINK

Citizen Science is an excellent way for pupils to gain fieldwork experience and observe and record changes in the river environment. By uploading their data via our Westcountry CSI app, pupils can play an active role in river restoration.

Geography: Resource Management (Providing Clean Water)

‘At the Water Treatment Works’ video: LINK

This video can take pupils behind the scenes at Pynes Water Treatment Works, Exeter, to see how clean water is provided for our homes.

‘Returning Waste Water’ video: LINK

This video explains how water is treated so that it can be returned back into the environment.

Upstream Thinking: LINK

The Upstream Thinking project can be used as a case study into water resource management and pollution mitigation. Focusing on the Fowey, Exe, Dart, Tamar and Otter river catchments, this project shows how water quality issues with the potential to impact the public water supply can be mitigated through land management changes across the catchment.

‘Upstream Thinking’ video: LINK

This video gives an introduction to the Upstream Thinking project, which can be fed into a case study on how land management can reduce the risk of water quality issues affecting the provision of clean water.

‘Upstream Thinking: Win-Win Solutions’ video: LINK

This video gives an introduction to the Upstream Thinking project, which can be fed into a case study on how land management can reduce the risk of water quality issues affecting the provision of clean water.

Geography: Geographical Skills

‘Introduction to Spatial Data and GIS’ video: LINK

This video gives an introduction into how what GIS is and how it can be used to understand the world around us.

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