This project builds on from the success of our riverfly monitoring project (funded by the Big Lottery fund) where we trained 21 volunteers of various ages and backgrounds to monitor the health of their local beck on a monthly basis.
Mayfly in the Classroom is a tried and tested methodology of teaching children and adults about the wonders of the natural world and linking into core national curriculum subjects. For more information on the concept and resources please see: www.wildtrout.org/content/mayfly-classroom.
LRT trialled stream dipping with Dunston and Metheringham primary school back in 2014 and received magnificent feedback from pupils, teachers and parents so we know there is an appetite for this type of project in our area. Please see the school blog for details and photos: missmeyerhoffsclass.wordpress.com
In 2015 LRT received funding from the peoples postcode lottery which enabled LRT to engage with schools within a walking distance to village becks so that children could sample for sensitive mayfly nymphs and take them back to their class.
In the classroom mayfly housing was set up in order for the nymphs to carry out their extraordinary lifecycle right in front of the pupils eyes. The pupils were taught how to care for their nymphs and provided with all the equipment they need.
The project aimed to build teamwork skills, by working together to care for the delicate nymphs and taking responsibility for carrying out daily checks. The project links into curriculum subjects such as biology, literacy, numeracy and art.
LRT hope to build on the project and engage with more school, enabling children to learn about river life and the importance of riverflies.
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