A key success of CatchmentCARE has been the schools engagement work being delivered by educators from the River Backwater Catchment Trust.
In 2020 plans were set in place to build on the success of the 2019 pilot education programme and encourage the 8 schools that participated in the pilot programme to incorporate elements into the core school curriculum through a series of teacher training events and curriculum planning activities. Plans were also in place to engage with 6 new schools, which would avail of the pilot programme, receiving in-school visits and visits to local rivers.
The programme was due to start in February 2020 but because of Covid 19 the programme has been postponed until schools are allowed to let visitors back into the classroom and to run off site schools trips.
Rather than mothball the CatchmentCARE project however, new on-line river based education resources are being developed in partnership with the River Blackwater Catchment Trust and other educators working on the CatchmentCARE project.
The video clips will use the river as a resource to help teach key parts of the Key Stage 2 Curriculum in numeracy and literacy. The videos will include the following elements:
- “The River– Where it all begins”
- “How to build a river”
- “Creatures of the River”
- “The Magic Moving River”
- “All my fault!”