Canal & River Explorers

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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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    Conservation

    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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    Heritage

    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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    Be a Canal Spy at Bingley Five Rise Locks

    Your mission is to solve the mystery of the Bingley Five Rise Locks. Use your best detective skills to solve the puzzle. Why did Johann Hogrewe come all the way from Prussia (Germany) to draw the Bingley Five Rise Locks?

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