As part of our rivers topic we went the Cuerden Valley and carried out a study based on the erosion of the river bank and the pathways the river took. We measured the depth of the water and the temperature as well as studying the current. We did this by racing ducks along the river. We showed our knowledge and understanding of how rivers are formed and learnt more about the local rivers in our area.During the day we carried out an investigation to find out what was living in the water and identified a number of creatures. We had to get into the water and using nets disturb the river bed in order to safely catch our creatures. We then used magnifying glasses and identification cards to name the living creatures in our sample. We found out the river is clean as there were many creatures using it has their habitat and this would not happen if the water was polluted. In the afternoon we also went back into the water to pan along the edge of the river for 'GOLD', but we only found quartz that had been covered in peat, which shows it had travelled from the higher grounds.
This video shows the duck race and how the current is taking our ducks down the river. The ducks travelled ten metres and took on average between 35 and 50 seconds.
Here are examples of our report writing based on our visit to Cuerden Valley Park.
Our examples of report writing.