School Outreach

Can't get to the canal? Our volunteers can deliver inspiring outreach workshops in your school instead.

'Build a Canal' workshop

We offer a number of workshops that will inspire your pupils about canals and rivers without leaving the classroom!

KS1 KS2 Local History: On Your Doorstep

Unearth the secrets of your local area through first hand-observation and historical enquiry. Find out about the people who helped to build the waterways.

KS1 KS2 Habitats: Walk on the Wild Side

Our waterways offer rich and varied habitats so spotting wildlife is guaranteed! Learn to identify and classify animals, where to find them and how the food chain works. Find out how people look after the waterways and how we protect the environment today.

KS1 KS2 Water Safety Box

The aim of the water safety box is to raise awareness of the hazards of being near water, how to avoid them and to learn what to do in an emergency. It consists of a variety of objects, equipment and activities for use with small groups of children. You can use all or some of the activities, depending on the age of the children and the time available. The session is designed to be interactive and promote discussion.

KS1 KS2 Build a Canal

This session helps children to understand how and why canals were built and how they changed Britain. It provides an interactive way of discussing local industry and how the arrival of the canals shaped the landscape. Children will dress up as characters and use a sandpit to construct their very own canal route.

KS1 KS2 All About Canals

An interactive presentation which reveals the wonders of our waterways.

KS1 KS2 Building Bridges

Have a go at building model canal bridges and find out why arches are such a good shape.

KS1 KS2 Floating and Sinking

This workshop will help children develop a clearer understanding of the factors affecting whether something sinks or floats.