Last week St Luke’s Primary School from Sway took a sustainable school trip to Lymington Town and river mouth, putting their knowledge about rivers to the test in real life! Teachers from the school collaborated with staff from the New Forest National Park Authority to design a busy and practical half day visit.
To complete their rivers topic work, pupils visited the town quay and river mouth and put their geographical vocabulary to the test, playing I-spy river features and process, identifying the expected and unexpected, making field sketches and looking for written clues in the urban environment (“Salt Cottage”, “Bosun’s Chair pub”)! The words and ways pupils were using to describe their surroundings impressed us all.
Standing on the very 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!
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) and enjoy an urban field visit on some busy roads.
A brilliant half day was had by all and we would thoroughly recommend a visit to the river mouth by train to other groups. Please get in touch with the education team at New Forest National Park Authority if you feel inspired to do something similar.