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Explorers is the learning programme of Canal & River Trust, aimed at children aged 5-11. Our resources are curriculum linked with a focus on local history, STEM, geography and PSHE.

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Explorers is the learning programme of Canal & River Trust, aimed at children aged 5-11. Our resources are curriculum linked with a focus on local history, STEM, geography and PSHE.
Unravelling Rivers
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Unravelling Rivers

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Activity sheets and white board images for individual, group and class work. Covers the journey of a river from source to mouth, the water cycle, the difference between a canal and a river, transport, settlements. Background information is provided in the teacher guidance notes.
All About Rivers Fact File
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All About Rivers Fact File

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This pack is a great place to find fascinating facts about rivers. Discover the features of a river. Find out why they are important, what they are used for, who looks after them and what happens when rivers flood.
Waterways Today
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Waterways Today

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This Topic Pack explores the relevance canals and rivers play in today’s society. It encourages children to investigate how waterways enrich our lives and how they can contribute to their long term sustainability.
Travel and Transport
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Travel and Transport

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This pack covers how and why canals were built and how they developed as important transport routes. It includes diferent cargos carried by boat, different types of boat and canal sstructures such as locks, tunnels and aqueducts. It consists of activity sheets for individual and group work and whiteboard pictures for class discussion.
All About Canals
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All About Canals

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This fact file will help children discover how canals are different to rivers, how and why canals were built, who built canals and when, canal inventions and who looks after canals today.
All About Canal and River Animals
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All About Canal and River Animals

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Find out about some of the animals that live on or near our canals and river and about the different habitats and environments. Identification and classification activities, white board images and activity sheets.
Local Studies
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Local Studies

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This pack provides an introduction to studying your local area, around the classroom and nearby canals and rivers. It supports the history curriculum - changes within living memory and the geography curriculum - field sketches, maps and diagrams.The pack consists of activity sheets for individual and group work and whiteboard pictures for classroom discussion. The teacher guidance notes provide curriculum links and background information.
Learning from Home: Corridor for Nature
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Learning from Home: Corridor for Nature

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Canals and rivers are often referred to as corridors for nature and are home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. This project encourages children to think about how they could re-design an area of garden or outside space to create a Corridor for Nature at home. The ‘Corridor for Nature’ bundle provides everything children need to research, design and build a canal-themed habitat including an activity plan to structure learning. It’s ideal for curriculum-linked study, supporting science, geography and PSHE or as an exciting holiday project.
PSHE Water Safety Resources
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PSHE Water Safety Resources

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A suite of PSHE linked learning resources - suitable for KS2. Through a series of games, activities, role play, poetry and assembly ideas, pupils will learn to spot the hazards of being near water, how to react in an emergency and our SAFE message (Stay Away From the Edge).
Canal & River Habitats
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Canal & River Habitats

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All you ever needed to know about wildlife on canals and rivers. This pack covers biodiversity, adaptations, life cycles and food chains. The activity sheets can be use for fieldwork or in the classroom and cover hedges, pollination, minibeast hunting, seed dispersal, adaptation, classification and food chains.
Canal & River Trust STEM: Lock Design
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Canal & River Trust STEM: Lock Design

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Water pressure is a widely misunderstood scientific concept that students find hard to visualise and understand. Looking at lock design allows a practical investigation into water pressure. It enables students to identify with the concepts of forces and relate them to real-life engineering design examples, focusing on canals. Using real-life examples from along our waterways and developed with support from the Rolls-Royce Graduate Scheme, our exciting activities will bring STEM to life in your classroom. Visit the Canal & River Trust STEM Hub for free resources, micro-lessons and career inspiration all in one place.
Learning from Home: Canal and river habitats
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Learning from Home: Canal and river habitats

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Canals and rivers are great places for wildlife. Use these activities and resources to encourage children to do, watch, play, create and read as they learn about canal and river habitats from home. The activity plan shows how you can help children to learn about the different habitats, plants and wildlife found along canals and rivers. It includes suggested teacher/parent input, links to resources and key words.
Learning from Home: Water Safety
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Learning from Home: Water Safety

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Learning to be safe near water is an important part of a child’s education. Use these activities and resources to encourage children to do, watch, play, create and read as they learn about water safety. Choose a few activities or do them all, there’s even a handy activity plan to guide your learning.
Learning from Home STEM: Building Bridges
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Learning from Home STEM: Building Bridges

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Bridges are found all over the country forming links across a range of natural and artificial barriers to travel. Find out about different beam, arch, cantilever and suspension bridges using real examples on our canals and rivers. Carry out simple activities to build and test different bridge designs. Activity plan included to guide your learning at home.
Learning from Home STEM: Boats
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Learning from Home STEM: Boats

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Learn all about canal boats with history and science activities that encourage children to read, do, watch, play and create as they learn from home. Find out how boats were built, what they carried and, owned them and try a fun science experiment to learn how boats float.
Learning from Home: Build a Canal
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Learning from Home: Build a Canal

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Activities and resources to encourage children to read, watch, play, create and do as they learn how and why canals were built and how they changed Britain. Use the activity plan to guide your learning.
Learning from Home: Wellbeing
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Learning from Home: Wellbeing

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We’ve put together activities for you to do at home as a family to support the five ways to wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. Use these activities to start conversations about wellbeing, keep children entertained and active whilst at home and spend quality time together as a family. Use the activity plan to guide your learning.
Canal & River Trust STEM: Boat Lift - Hydraulics
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Canal & River Trust STEM: Boat Lift - Hydraulics

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Engineers have used simple, yet effective scientific principles to raise or lower boats when we need to move them through big level changes (e.g. up a hill). This activity demonstrates how Pascal’s Principle works by using a syringe model as a hydraulic system. Students are able to see scientific theory applied to real engineering solutions developed on canal networks, such as the Anderton Boat lift and canal cranes. Using real-life examples from along our waterways and developed with support from the Rolls-Royce Graduate Scheme, our exciting activities will bring STEM to life in your classroom. Visit the Canal & River Trust STEM hub for free resources, microlessons and career inspiration all in one place.
Canal & River Trust STEM: Gauging Rod
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Canal & River Trust STEM: Gauging Rod

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Canals were a great way of transporting heavy cargo including coal, pottery, grain and limestone but toll clerks needed to know how much tax to charge each boat on the water. In this activity, pupils use a gauging rod to see how Archimedes’ principle of upthrust was applied to life on the canal networks. Using real-life examples from along our waterways and developed with support from the Rolls-Royce Graduate Scheme, our exciting activities will bring STEM to life in your classroom. Visit the Canal & River Trust STEM Hub for free STEM resources, micro-lessons and career inspiration all in one place,
Building Bridges
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Building Bridges

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Find out about different beam, arch, cantilever and suspension bridges using real examples on our canals and rivers. Carry out simple activities to build and test different bridge designs. Full teacher’s notes and background information.