Geography KS1/KS2: Rivers

This video charts the journey of a river from its source to the sea or a lake.

It explores the main aspects of each leg of the river journey, introducing pupils to vocabulary to describe the river journey and to the key features of rivers along the way.

Teacher Notes

This video is a useful tool to show pupils how the river journey changes as it moves from source to mouth.

It can be used to describe what happens at each stage of the river journey and to look in detail at how the river changes over the course of that journey.

Pupils could discuss where they have seen examples of features shown in the video.

They could also discuss why they think the river changes as it moves from source to mouth.

Points for discussion:
· What is a river?
· What are the key parts of a river?
· What is a meander?
· How do humans benefit from rivers?
· What are the potential negative things about living near a river?

Suggested activities:
After watching the video, pupils could develop a report to explore the key features of a river and how it changes from source to mouth.

They could use base maps of the United Kingdom and the world to plot major rivers and investigate how humans have used rivers to their benefit over time.

Teachers could plan fieldwork activities to investigate a local river and how it works. Pupils could collect data and plot their results to show how the river operates, e.g. what the speed and size of the river is, and then deduce how this affects wildlife in the locality.

Pupils could investigate how human activity has damaged rivers over time and also what is being done today to conserve rivers.

Pupils could discuss changes they could make to their lives to help conserve rivers.

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching Geography at: KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales, Early and 1st and 2nd level in Scotland and Foundation and KS1 in Northern Ireland.

More from this series:

Cities, towns and villages
The United Kingdom
The world
The seasons
The water cycle