River Study

Systematic enquiry through recording, timing and measuring to compile data of a valley site. Such data can include widths of valley, size of channel and water surface, depths across and downstream, velocity down a 10 metre section and use of a Cailleaux index with random bedload samples. This can act as a springboard for GCSE students to return to school and supplement their studies. Altrenatively we can conduct studies of more than one site to provide comparative data for formulating hypotheses about the changes along the river course. Separate groups can compare and discuss differing measurements from various parts of the valley back at school/college, referencing Bradshaw or other models. You need to let us know the exam board/syllabus being covered.

For this service, we guarantee one adult leader per 15 students, splitting into 3 working groups. Each site measurement takes about 1hr. 10 mins

For primary pupils, measurements, graphs, charts, averages and comparisons by using the collected data back at school will lead to detailed numeracy discussions and development. The fieldwork enables children to use the full range of scientific processes in their investigations and 'life processes' can be part of looking for and identifying invertebrates in the stream (see Field Laboratories).

Secondary students may likewise wish to follow up with comparisons but use the gathered data to draw cross sections, calculate volume/discharge, flow and justify their hypotheses. If so required, we can organise comparing four or more sites. We provide all measuring equipment, resources,clipboards for sketching and recording sheets.

Why not take advantage of our winter opening to avoid the summer congestion and to be sure of finding sufficient discharge for river study?

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