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Project Kingfisher is our educational programme for local schools, designed to challenge children to learn more about their local river, its history, wildlife and the role we can all play in protecting rivers for the future.
The programme was developed as part of the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership, a Heritage Lottery Funded Project which delivered over 26 projects to improve the Wandle corridor for people and wildlife. During this, we worked with 56 local schools, engaging over 8000 children with the River Wandle.
Choose your local river!
Children will be learning about rivers around the world, but the opportunity of visiting their local river can really help to bring lessons to life and engage with their local environment. It is their very own river to learn about and help look after.
What can we do for you and your class?
Window on the Wandle
We run outdoor sessions all along the River Wandle from its sources in Croydon and Carshalton to Wandsworth so we can meet at a green space near to your school.
Our 2 hour led sessions allow children to take part in a wide range of sensory activities and games on the riverbank, all linked to the national curriculum. Activities can include river dipping for invertebrates, measuring river speed, wildlife-eye spy, map and compass work, and lots more.
These outdoor sessions come under four main themes and we also offer a bespoke session where we can mix activities to suit your needs.
- The River and its Wildlife
- Water Quality and Pollution
- Mills, Industry and History
- Geography and Fieldwork
- Bespoke Theme – get in touch!
Bringing the Wandle to you: sessions at your school
Alternatively, we can bring the Wandle to you, taking your class on a virtual trip down the River Wandle in an interactive classroom session learning about the river under similar themes to our Window on the Wandle sessions.
We can also run our outdoor sessions within your school grounds.
We can deliver our outdoor sessions to a local green space near you. Explore the map below to see where these sessions are offered.
Prices and booking:
One 2 hour outdoor session is £179, for a maximum class size of 30 children.
Two 2 hour outdoor sessions on the same day (1 morning, 1 afternoon) is £250.
Before booking, please download and read our Booking Information.
What do teachers say about our sessions?
Athisha Lohendran, Holy Trinity CofE Primary School “On behalf of Year 6 I’d like to say a massive thank you for this morning. It was really well organised; you were all great with the kids and they all were engaged the entire time. They have learnt a lot, in particular the different parts of a river and we looked at a river today and they were able to name the parts with little help! They were really interested in how the river gets polluted so quickly and what can be done. It was a really great hook and introduction to our topic.”
Sarah Gibson, STARS, Royal Marsden Hospital “The children really enjoyed your visit and it was great to bring a little part of the outside world to the hospital schoolroom. Very well organised. Having the resources laid out on the floor with interactive activities made a great change from the usual desk based learning. I think we now have a little army of budding conservationists ready to spread the word!”