What a fabulous day. Year 4 completed their introductory walk of the part of the River Wensum that will be the focus for their Working as Geographers project. We picked up the river at the end of Sycamore Wood, walked across Anderson Meadow, then after a short walk along Marriott’s Way, picked up the river again by the waterfront apartments behind Clickers Road where we stopped to sketch the river. We then walked along the river to the beautiful Wensum Park before making our way back. It was fascinating to look at a familiar landscape through fresh eyes; as geographers would. Thanks to Mr Wild and Mrs Hornsby for planning the route and leading the walk, and to the parent helpers. Thanks also to the children who behaved so well that a member of the public contacted the school to congratulate the children on their exceptional behaviour. Well done.
Today, Year 5 explored their section of the river. The children looked at New Mills, Coslany St Miles, Duke St Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Fye Bridge, Whitefriars Bridge, Peter’s Bridge, Cow Tower, Bishop Bridge and Pull’s Ferry. at each stop, the children had to write down what they saw, smelt and heard and what they noticed about the river. We stopped for lunch at the cathedral before finally heading home.
We launched our Working as Geographers project today with the first of a two-day Romance Event. Our Y3, 4 and 5 children took part in a carousel of activities. The children:
- learned about what a river was in Mr Swan’s session entitled The River Wensum – from source to mouth
- made water droplet art with Mrs Kirkland
- made mini water cycle systems and created clouds with Richard Park from Anglian Water
- got the big picture about the planet’s water, what it was used for and why it was important to be more careful with it
- found out all about the county’s vital waterways in Norfolk Broads – past, present and future by Nick Sanderson from The Broads Authority
A huge thanks to Nick Sanderson from the Broads Authority and Richard Park from Anglian Water who joined us all day and will be working with us through the project. It was a wonderful day that really engaged the children and introduced them to the big ideas, themes and numbers associated with water. Thanks to all involved.
Tomorrow we will all be walking along the wonderful River Wensum!