stream meander

Woodland Stream Measuring

Woodland Stream Measuring
Explore the meanders of Hillwood Stream and then, using fieldwork equipment, collect measurements from different sections along a stream including height, depth, width and speed, to draw up a cross-sectional diagram and label the different features of a meander.

The full day option would include more thorough measurements and a walk to the source and confluence, linking the geology and geography of the land to the amount of water in the stream. A field sketch of a meander will also be drawn. 

Learning Objectives 

  • to understand how features on a meander are formed using geographical vocabulary: erosion, transportation, and deposition
  • to undertake fieldwork to measure a channel cross section and the speed of the water
  • to record findings on a graph
  • to recap the water cycle

National curriculum links
Locational Knowledge

  • name and locate geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills and rivers), and land use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time

Physical Geography

  • describe and understand key features of rivers and the water cycle

Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • use fieldwork to observe, measure, record, and present the physical features in the local areas using a range of methods, including sketch maps and graphs

Y5 Number

  • round decimals with 2 decimals to the nearest whole number and to 1 decimal place

Y5 Measurement

  • convert between different units of metric measure (centimetre and metre)

Y5 Statistics

  • complete, read and interpret information in tables
  • interpret and construct line graphs
  • calculate and interpret the mean as an average