Week Five

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Hello! 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?

We have introduced these online learning opportunities in response to Covid-19, which has prevented us from going into schools in the Ribble 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. Each week we will be providing a new main topic, a Wildlife Fact file and a quiz.

Below is a Prezi focussing on the climate change crisis facing our rivers. After going through each section of the presentation you should be able to describe what climate change is and how population size contributes to the effects of climate change. You might also have some ideas about what you are going to do to help tackle the climate change crisis yourself!

For this week’s Wildlife Factfile we are looking at the Common tern. Read the information below then watch the short video to hear Paul Slade talking about the terns nesting on Preston Docks and to see some chicks in a nesting box!



  1. What colour is the Common tern?
    1. Black and white
    2. Grey and white
    3. Red and white
    4. Brown and grey
  1. What effects does climate change have on rivers?
    1. Changes to water quality and quantity
    2. It affects habitats and species
    3. It alters health and well-being in humans
    4. All of the above
  1. What is the Common tern’s nickname?
    1. Arctic tern
    2. Sand-bird
    3. Sea-swallow
    4. River-swift
  1. How does climate change affect the amount of water available?
    1. The amount of water will get less
    2. It doubles every day
    3. The amount of water will increase
    4. Nothing – the amount of water on Earth will stay the same
  1. How do terns catch their prey?
    1. They catch insects while they fly
    2. The dive into water for fish
    3. They sit and wait on rocks
    4. They pick up pebbles and eat what they find underneath
  1. How much of the UK wetlands have been lost in the last 100 years?
    1. 10%
    2. 40%
    3. 70%
    4. 90%
  1. In what season do Common terns visit the UK?
    1. Spring
    2. Summer
    3. Autumn
    4. Winter
  1. What is happening to the size of England’s human population?
    1. It is getting smaller
    2. Nothing – it is staying the same as always
    3. It is doubling every day
    4. It keeps getting bigger
  1. What sort of habitats can you find Common terns in?
    1. Freshwater
    2. Coastal
    3. Wetlands
    4. All of the above
  1. How is climate change affecting our summers?
    1. They are getting hotter and drier
    2. They are getting warmer and wetter
    3. Summer is not affected by climate change
    4. They are getting windier

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