This exciting, curriculum-linked education project offers primary and secondary school children a range of learning activities to connect them with the River Wandle.

Project Kingfisher comprises of two education programmes;  ‘Creatures in the Classroom‘ gives children the opportunity to rear a choice of river creatures in their classroom and  ‘Window on the Wandle‘ promotes outdoor learning and pupils visit the Wandle to learn about the river directly.

Creatures in the Classroom

This programme is being delivered by The Wandle Trust who ran the award winning “Trout in the Classroom” education programme throughout the Wandle Valley until 2013. “Creatures in the Classroom” builds on its success and is currently being delivered in schools across the Wandle Valley until summer 2017 as part of the Living Wandle Partnership Scheme.

The education programme brings the ‘river to the classroom’ by inviting children and young adults to directly rear a number of river species and learn more about the wildlife in the Wandle.

This innovative learning experience will encourage pupils to form a relationship with the river and its wildlife whilst completing activities tailored to the new revised National Curriculum.

Find out more about this programme.

Window on the Wandle

Project Kingfisher’s second education programme includes a variety of teaching and learning experiences for children and young people of all ages and abilities. All activities are tailored to the revised National Curriculum and are created to be informative and challenging whilst also being interactive and fun.

There are three themes created to engage and inspire pupils and each theme is supported with a tailored education pack:

  1. The River and its Wild Life – aimed at Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 audiences
  2. Mills and Industry – aimed at Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 audiences
  3. Water Quality, Pollution and Restoration – aimed at Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 audiences

Find out more about this programme or download your very own FREE education pack by clicking on the links above.


If you are a school keen to get involved with Project Kingfisher, please contact David at the Wandle Trust,

If you are a volunteer keen to get involved with this project by working with David to deliver education sessions, please contact


This project is part of the wider Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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