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Week One

Hello and welcome to the first week of our Home Learning series. We have introduced these online learning opportunities in response to Covid-19, which has prevented us from going into schools in the  Catchment as we normally would. This is our way of bringing our educational topics to you at home so you can continue to learn all about rivers and wildlife.

Week Two

Welcome to the second week of our Home Learning series, good to see you again. This week, our topic is the ‘three Ps’. Do you know what you should be flushing down the toilet? Watch our short video to learn what three items we should be flushing down the toilet, and what might happen if we do not follow the rule of the three Ps. Plus is also a fun factfile and quiz about mayflies.

Week Three

Welcome back to our home learning series, this is the third edition of our online learning resources and will be investigating the problem of plastic pollution in rivers and find out all about the Daubenton’s bat, also known as the ‘water bat’.  By the end of the today you should know why our rivers, seas and oceans are so important and why we must dispose of our litter responsibly.

Week Four

Welcome to the fourth instalment of our home learning resources, this week we’re learning all about the water cycle and the amazing life of the European eel. We really hope that you are enjoying these educational resources, don’t forget to let us know what you think about them – you can email us at [email protected]

Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of our home learning resources. This week you will learn about some of the reasons why climate change is a problem for our rivers, and some interesting facts about Common terns. Do you know what climate change is? How do you think we can prevent it from getting worse? Have you thought about what you could do to live more sustainably?

Week Six

Welcome to the sixth week of our online education resources. This week follows on from last week, with the topic being all about how rivers help us to tackle the climate crisis. Did you know that rivers and freshwater habitats are the silent heroes in our battle against climate change? Your Wildlife Fact file this week is all about the damselfly.

Week Seven

This is the seventh week of our online home learning resources, we hope that you are finding them useful! This week is all about how to be water- and environmentally-conscious when gardening because what we do in our garden can have big impacts on what happens in our rivers. The Wildlife Fact file for this week is about a common visitor to garden ponds, the common frog.

Week Eight

This is the eighth week of our online home learning resources, hopefully you are enjoying them and learning something. This week we are looking at weirs. Do you know what a weir is? At the end of this session you will do! The Wildlife Fact file for this week is about the kingfisher, an unmistakable visitor to our rivers. Keep your eyes peeled for this beautiful bird.

Week Nine

This is the ninth group of resources for our home learning series, to tell you all about reducing the amount of water you use in your home, along with a Wildlife Fact file on the brown trout. Have you ever taken part in our Trout in the Classroom project at school? The brown trout relies on the water in rivers for its home, so by saving water in your home you can help the brown trout to thrive.


Who has ever done a BioBlitz before? A BioBlitz is a period of biological surveying to try and record all living species within a certain area. These areas can be anywhere but, for the time being, we recommend that you do your BioBlitz in your garden or safely during your daily outdoor exercise.

Week Ten

This week we offered you a BioBlitz activity, have you tried it yet? If not, go back to out home learning page and find the BioBlitz post – it’s the one between weeks nine and ten. Here, you will learn more about the BioBlitz process and why scientists use them for their research. Read on to learn about BioBlitzing and to read our weekly Wildlife Fact file, all about the European Otter.

Week Eleven

This week’s topic is all about wildlife-friendly gardens and the Wildlife Fact file covers the Pied Wagtail. Do you remember our water-friendly gardening topic from week seven? Don’t worry if not, we have included all the information again here as well as some more tips to help you be more wildlife-friendly in your garden, benefiting rivers and freshwater habitats by the choices you make.

Week Twelve

For the twelfth instalment of our home learning resources, we are looking at food chains as our weekly topic and the Osprey is the Wildlife Fact file. We have produced food chain resources for a range of education levels from KS2 up to A-level so hopefully there is something for everyone!                                                                                                                      …..

Week Thirteen 

Do you know what an invasive species is and why they are a problem? In this set of resources you’ll find out all about alien species, invasive species and alien invasive species, as well as three invasive plant species that damage our river ecosystems. The Wildlife Fact file today is about the Holly blue butterfly, a bright blue butterfly that emerges in two generations per year.

Week Fourteen

This week, there is still a topic lesson and a Wildlife Fact file but instead of a quiz there will be an activity to carry out at home. Week fourteen’s topic follows on from the first invasive species topic, the Wildlife Fact file is all about the heron and your activity is to create a DIY bird feeder or bird house.                                                                                       …….

Week Fifteen

This is the fifteenth set of home learning resources from Ribble Rivers Trust. Here you will find our Interactive Catchment Explorer, a Wildlife Fact file to tell you all about the Water vole and some word puzzles for you to solve. We hope that you are enjoying these resources, if you have any feedback please do let us know!                                           .

Week Sixteen

This week we are bring you activities focusing on colours and enjoying the range of colours that we can see in nature. Have a look at the activity resources below and get creative! The wildlife factfile in this set of resources is all about the bullhead, a fish whose numbers are declining but can be seen in the River Ribble.

Week Seventeen

Our activities this week include building your very own tin foil river and making an origami boat to float on it. Maybe you could have a family boat race – whose boat will travel down river the fastest? This week’s Wildlife Fact file is all about the caddisfly, a large group of insects that can be found in all kinds of wetlands.


Summer 2020 Challenges 

This week we are beginning our summer challenges for you to complete during your summer holidays. There are six challenges to carry out in any order and at your own pace all included in the booklet below. Every week we will be bringing you a resource to show you how to do the activity so that you can complete the challenge with us!

Each week these resources are published first on our Facebook page and Twitter stream so be sure to follow, like and share with all your friends and family members.