Window on the Wandle

Our ‘Window on the Wandle’ programme includes a variety of teaching and learning experiences for children and young people of all ages and abilities.

There are three themes that we hope will captivate and excite all children and young people:

  1. The River and its Wild Life – aimed at Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 audiences
  2. Mills and Industry – aimed at Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 audiences
  3. Water Quality, Pollution and Restoration – aimed at Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 audiences

Each theme comes with an Educational Handbook which will be available as a free download (as a pdf file) from this site. Details to follow.

There are three detailed lesson plans included in each theme  (these are not prescriptive!):

  1. Introduction to the topic – usually delivered by the classroom teacher in school
  1. Field based lesson – delivered on site (by the River Wandle) by a specialist teacher supplied by the Wandle Trust
    (If this is not possible then appropriate teaching resources and equipment can be bought in to school by the specialist teacher)
  1. Follow up lesson – usually delivered by the classroom teacher in school

Each lesson is designed to meet the demands of the revised National Curriculum. They can be edited according to the needs of the students including young people with Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND).

The core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science are central to this programme and are fully integrated (where relevant).

Specific subjects include:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage  – Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language Development and Understanding the World
  • Art and Photography
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music

The three themes have been selected to cover a variety of aspects of the River Wandle and its surroundings:

The River and its Wildlife

With an emphasis on science – plants and animals, living and non-living, shelter and                     habitats, food chains and food webs and life cycles

Mills and Industry

With an emphasis on local history and design and technology

Water Quality, Pollution and River Restoration

With an emphasis on the sciences and geography

The three Educational Handbooks will be available from April 2016  as a download. If a paper copy is preferred then do e-mail to:

As the work is ‘field based’ it is suggested that they are incorporated in to any Scheme of Work during the latter half of the Spring term or the Summer term.