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Education Officer Helen Robinson describes a recent school trip to Lymington River with pupils from St Luke’s Primary School from Sway as part of their rivers project.

Last week we took children from St Luke’s on a sustainable trip to Lymington town and river mouth, putting their knowledge about rivers to the test in real life. Teachers from the school collaborated with the education team at the New Forest National Park Authority to design a busy and practical half day visit, with everybody travelling to the site by train.

The trip was designed to help the pupils complete their rivers topic work, and allowed them to visit the town quay and river mouth and put their geographical vocabulary to the test.

The children played I-spy river features to identifying the expected and unexpected, made field sketches and looked for written clues in the urban environment. The language pupils used to describe their surroundings impressed us all.

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Lymington River

Standing on the boundary on the New Forest National Park, we were lucky enough to see the sluice gates opening and the river current flowing against the incoming tide before our very eyes, something the children were fascinated by.

Not only that, but both staff and pupils proved how easy it can be to travel by train straight from school to site (including changing trains and platforms at Brockenhurst station), which I hope will encourage them to travel sustainably in future.

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St Luke's Primary School pupils travel on the train to Lymington

A brilliant half day was had by all and we would thoroughly recommend a visit to the mouth of Lymington River by train to other groups. Please get in touch with the education team at education@newforestnpa.gov.uk or 01590 646680 if you feel inspired to do something similar.

This entry was posted by Helen Robinson on Thursday 10/04/2014

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