RiverLAB Trout in the Classroom 2014/2015: with the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership

After a successful TITC last year, Teesdale School were keen to keep their trout in the classroom for longer – releasing them in the summer term. Barnard Castle School were up for this too, so after a tank installation in December and January delivery of eggs, by post this time, the schools were all set up. Teesdale’s Year 10’s were fascinated by the trout so we took in some fresh whole Rainbow Trout from the local supermarket for them to have a closer look at fish structure and function. Keeping the fish for longer, meant that the school children were able to see the changes in size, colour and markings as the fry developed, along with the development of territorial behaviour.

RiverLAB Summer Series 2014: Sculpting with Natural Materials and Cobweb-Felt River Surfaces

This year we looked more closely at the river surface itself…observing and drawing the rippling flow of the water. This initial sketch became a water colour painting which was then used as a design source for each child’s piece of cobweb felt. All the pieces were added together, rubbed and rolled, to become one large collaborative felted river surface!

Opting for sculpture again, we all had great fun with our new lo-melt cordless glue guns… The children produced amazingly intricate models of their chosen freshwater animal, using their river-side sketches.