KS2 Rutland Water Trip
KS2 enjoyed some lovely weather today on our trip to Rutland Water.
Following work with Mr Marks in the classroom looking at the creation and use of Rutland Water, we took a trip out to see it for ourselves and talk to people who work for Anglian Water.
Our two guides were very informative.
We started the morning on the dam at Sykes Lane, looking at how and when Rutland Water was made, how long it took to complete and when it was eventually full. We also talked about how the dam is constructed. (Did you know that when you walk on the top of the dam, you are actually walking on the top of a triangular prism?) We peered through the mist to try and see Normanton Church and also discussed the function of the limnological tower.
We then travelled further round Rutland Water to Whitwell to look at and discuss the different groups that use Rutland Water and how Anglian Water provide for all the different activities.
Our last stop was the Bird Watching Centre at Egleton, where we ate lunch before spending time designing our own reservoirs. We started the activity by looking at a map and deciding the best place to put our reservoir. This was more difficult than it first looked as we had to consider contour lines, towns, villages, woodland, roads, bridges and archaeological sites! Once we had decided on our location, we were then asked to decide what activities we should provide. This also led to some interesting discussions as to where the money comes from to build reservoirs!
The children had a lovely day, as did the staff, and it was great to complimented not only on the behaviour of the children, but also on the varied and interesting questions that they asked.