Exploring the three stages of a river’s journey

This lesson is part of Investigating Rivers, a unit designed for upper KS2 (Y4-6).

Students are first introduced to the three stages of a river – the upper course, middle course and lower course – and some of the key features of each. The presentation then challenges students to think about the characteristics of rivers in these different stages (e.g. altitude, channel width, water speed).

In the activity, students match descriptions to each stage of a river. It is differentiated two ways:

Easier – Students match colour-coded descriptions to either the upper, middle or lower course of a river.
Harder – Students match descriptions to either the upper, middle or lower course of a river.


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