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Goathland doing a river survey at Darnholm''Courtney Allick measuring the river''w112315e'Picture: Ceri Oakes
Goathland doing a river survey at Darnholm''Courtney Allick measuring the river''w112315e'Picture: Ceri Oakes
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GOATHLAND school pupils spent Wednesday morning splashing around in a stream as part of a science project with help from the North York Moors.

Key stage 2 children from Goathland Primary School took a field trip to nearby Eller Beck to study the river’s habitat and biodiversity.

Goathland doing a river survey at Darnholm''w112315b'Picture: Ceri Oakes

Goathland doing a river survey at Darnholm''w112315b'Picture: Ceri Oakes

Teacher Cathy Bennion said: “We are doing a science topic on local habitats, so we have studied trees and we have moved on to the river as a comparison.

“This is our outdoor classroom today and it provides the children with first hand opportunities to explore science in the real world rather than on a computer screen.

“They enjoy being outside and doing hands-on practical activities.”

Heather McNiff, education officer at Danby Moors Centre, was on-hand to help out the children with their experiments, as part of a free service to engage with local schools.

Goathland doing a river survey at Darnholm''charlie Bell measuring the width of the river''w112315a'Picture: Ceri Oakes

Goathland doing a river survey at Darnholm''charlie Bell measuring the width of the river''w112315a'Picture: Ceri Oakes

She said: “We have 26 primary schools in the national park boundaries and we offer them a free activity once a year to ensure we work with them all.

“We do a lot of activities and we have schools from around the country visit us, so Grosmont asked if I could help with the river survey and give them a little bit more expertise in that area.”

Goathland doing a river survey at Darnholm''Tom Beeforth and Aron Calvert record their findings''w112315d'Picture: Ceri Oakes

Goathland doing a river survey at Darnholm''Tom Beeforth and Aron Calvert record their findings''w112315d'Picture: Ceri Oakes