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    Local studies teacher guidance notes

    These notes provide curriculum links, background information and tips on using the activities and whiteboard pictures in the Local Studies pack.

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    Local studies

    This pack consists of activity sheets for individual and group work and whiteboard pictures for classroom discussion.

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    Canal Art

    Fascinating facts about the origins of ‘Roses & Castles’ and other traditional canal art. With suggestions for having a go yourself and where to see some brilliant examples.

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    Waterway Habitats

    All about which plants and animals live in and around canals and rivers – including how to carry out a wildlife survey.

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    Our canals and rivers are precious - they need looking after and protecting. Litter, graffiti and fly-tipping all spoil the beauty of waterways and can endanger wildlife.

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    Out & About

    Exciting ideas for activities while out and about on our canals and rivers.

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    Maps & Trails

    All good Scouts and Girl Guides can read maps. But what about making a secret map of a towpath or riverbank?

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    What can you spot on our canals and rivers today which helps to tell the fascinating history of the men and women who helped to create our waterways?

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    Plan a Visit

    Here are six simple steps to planning a safe visit to your local canal or river with your class or group. We have even included an example risk assessment for guidance.

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    Building & Carrying Topic Pack

    Discover how the canals were used as a key transport network. Curriculum links: Science (materials), History (a theme within British history, understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources, significant people), D&T (design, technical knowledge)

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