Year Six went to Leigh Brook on Wednesday to study features of this tributary of the River Teme that, in turn, flows into the River Severn. First, they looked at the profile of the stream by measuring the width and then the depth at one metre intervals.
Following that, they used a hydroprop to find out the speed of flow and analyse the different speeds across the stream. After lunch, they made sketch maps of various features of the Brook and looked at the issues and human management at Leigh Brook.
After this, they collected invertebrates from the water using a technique called kick sampling. Certain creatures only live in unpolluted water so they were able to assess how clean the stream was. Fortunately they found plenty of evidence that the stream was in good health.
It was a really enjoyable day, learning lots of new field skills as well as discovering who had a hole in their wellies and how to get water out without taking them off!