Before the Industrial Revolution Salmon were abundant in the River Don, until pollution and the building of weirs saw their decline. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, our ‘Living Heritage of the River Don’ project is seeking to reverse the effects of the industrial revolution and introduce Salmon back to the River Don as far as Sheffield for the first time in 200 years.
By using the example of Salmon, our ‘River Guardians’ programme is a great opportunity for pupils to learn about living things and their habitats in a real world setting. We will investigate what animals can be found in and around the river, teach pupils that negative impacts can be reversed, and that we all have a part to play in looking after our natural environment.
To identify the groups of living things that can be found in a river habitat and why
To understand that rivers are natural, but that human actions have altered them
Learn the names of some of the main features of the river
To understand some positive and negative effects of human action on habitats, and how people can affect their environment
Learn the life cycle of the Salmon in relation to the effect of human action (upper KS2)
Visits are available free of charge to primary schools within the Don Catchment. Our downloadable lesson plan below provides an outline of a ‘River Guardians’ session, which we will tailor to suit your particular focus, location on topic.