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Row, Row, Row Your Boat Gently Down the River

Years Three and Four had a fabulous trip to the River and Rowing Museum in Henley this week.
This trip reinforced their studies on Rivers. They had hands on experiments to better understand floodplains and groundwater; to see how sediments become saturated; what happens when they become supersaturated and to look at the formation of springs. They also gained a better understanding of the importance of permeable materials. 

They took an enjoyable walk along the River Thames; looking at the lock and the weir and seeing for themselves how these worked. What can be better than having the opportunity to see these first hand!
Here are some quotes from the Year Four children:

Michael: “From this amazing trip I now know that there are over twenty species of fish in the River Thames.”
Luke: “We got to watch a barge moving from one section of the river to the next in a lock.”
Suhaylah: “I really enjoyed doing the experiments where we tested how soil gets deposited along the banks of the river.”
Mia: “When we used a model of a chalk hill which represents the Chiltern hills, we saw how water was quickly absorbed by the chalk underneath the soil.”

Both classes definitely agreed that they had a wonderful trip learning about rivers.