Chesterfield’s rivers were once wild, but the industrial revolution tamed the fast-flowing streams to power watermills, transport goods and serve factories. Natural habitats and wildlife suffered, the river was straightened, dammed and toxic pollution all but wiped out aquatic life.
Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, our ‘Hidden Heritage Secret Streams’ project is seeking to reverse these human impacts and restore Chesterfield’s rivers for nature.
The ‘River Guardians’ programme offers pupils the opportunity to learn about the geography, history and habitat of their local river. We will teach pupils that negative impacts can be reversed, and that we all have a part to play in looking after our natural environment.
Visits are available free of charge to primary schools and uniformed groups in Chesterfield & Dronfield. Our downloadable lesson plan below provides an outline of a ‘River Guardians’ session, which we will tailor to suit your particular focus, location or topic. Our lesson plans have national curriculum links to KS2 Science, (Living Things & their Habitats, Food chains, Classification, Life-cycles), Geography (mapping) and PSHE & Citizenship.
Each pupil receives a FREE River Guardians activity pack to continue their learning after the session.