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Key Stages 1, 2 & 3

We have developed a unique hands-on, curriculum linked, classroom based environmental education programme to help key stage 2 and 3 students to understand the uses of, inhabitants of,  habitats of and threats to the river ecosystem. We have worked hard to create a year-round programme currently consisting of 4 sessions that will give the students a well-rounded knowledge of the River Taff.

Sessions we offer include:

  • You and Your River - students will investigate a living river sample, collected from the river earlier that day, with the aim to complete a simple biotic index to assess both the biodiversity and water quality of the sample.
  • Creature Features - This competition encourages the students to think about the adaptations they have seen in the creates they have seen in the You and Your River session. The competition asks them to create an imaginary adaptation/device that will help the river creatures survive for longer or improve their day to day life.
  • How My River Works - students will work in peer-lead groups to solve 5 puzzles that will test their knowledge about land use, pollution, river features, litter, water flow and sediment movement
  • Living River​ ***New for 2018*** - A interactive story-telling session where the students will learn about the development of the River Taff by adding and removing hand-built props to a large bespoke 'play-mat' style map.
  • Outdoor Education at School​ - The Gwyl Taf team will lead nature interpretation sessions in your own nature garden/greenspace. If your school doesn't have a nature garden or suitable greenspace or it has become a little neglected in the hustle and bustle of daily life the Gwyl Taf Team can help you and your students reclaim your space and increase it's value to your students and the local wildife.
  • Outdoor Education in the Wider Environment​ - The Gwyl Taf team manages Pontygwaith Nature Reserve for the benefit of both the local community and the local wildlife. We can offer a range of activities for all age groups in the reserve from nature walks, river dipping and minibeast hunts all the way through to practical management tasks (e.g. litter picking, vegetation clearance and habitat box building).

Download our Prospectus of Educational Sessions (Primary).pdf for your  future reference.

Primary schools we have worked with so far:

  1. Abercynon Community Primary School
  2. Bedllinog Community Primary School
  3. Bryn Hafod Primary School
  4. Cefn Primary School
  5. Craig-yr-hesg Community Primary School
  6. Dowlais Community Primary School
  7. Edwardsville Community Primary School
  8. Llanilltud Faerdre Community Primary School
  9. Pant Community Primary School
  10. Radyr Primary School
  11. Ynys Owen Community Primary School
  12. Ysgol-y-graig Primary School

Feedback from sessions

“The afternoon activities provided by the Gwyl Taf team were very well resourced, engaging, informative and experiential for the children. The staff worked well with the children and directed tasks appropriately. I will definitely be booking in extra sessions in the near future.”

H. Trinder – Dowlais Primary School.

“Fantastic afternoon, the children were totally engaged, they learned a lot and really enjoyed it. Thank you.” J. Drozd – Edwardsville Primary School. “The Children thoroughly enjoyed the session and all joined in enthusiastically. Would love to have the team back.” 

J. Thomas – Pantysgallog Primary School. 

“Great introduction to rivers, the children were really engaged and responded well to Jen’s introduction. Brilliant practical activities, the children were enthused and supported really well by leaders Jen and John. It is superb that children and schools get these experiences without a cost. A brilliant experience for all pupils. Quotes from pupils: ‘Thank you for an interesting lesson today we all enjoyed discovering new creatures and wildlife’, ‘We would like you to come again for us to learn even more about rivers’. Thank you both for a valuable afternoon” 

C. Scannell – Abercynon Primary School 

“A very worthwhile session, interesting and age appropriate. All pupils were able to access activities and were fully engaged throughout the session. Staff were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and presented activities appropriately. A very enjoyable afternoon!!” J. Thomas – Ysgol-y-Graig Primary School. “The children thoroughly enjoyed the ‘hands on’ experiences provided by the team. An excellent end to our topic ‘Bend and Flow’.” 

N. Prewett – Llantrisant Primary School

Key Stages 4&5

We have worked with both GCSE and A level geography Students to help them complete practical field work on the River Taff. This work has included river profiling, investigating flood control measures, biotic surveying and water quality analysis. The sessions can be tailored the the specific needs of the group. Please contact us for more details.

Secondary schools we have worked with so far:

  1.  Bryntirion High School
  2.  St Cennydd High School​