ARK in Schools

The River Kennet and its tributaries make an excellent topic for introducing many areas of the curriculum at pre-school, primary and secondary levels. Click here for our flyer.  

The marjority of our Projects and individual classroom sessions are funded by and delivered in partnership with Thames Water.  This enables us to provide our time and equipment at no cost to schools along the Kennet.   

We welcome the opportunity to work closely with our local schools - to find out more about either our formal projects or one off learning opportunities please email us. 

Preschool & Key Stage 1Our Interactive River Board

Interactive sessions for younger children.  Using our interpretation board to enrich children's understanding of wildlife on the river.  We can offer a river visit (subject to accessibility from the setting).  


Key Stage 2 & beyond

Trout in School
Hatch trout eggs and raise them until the baby trout are big enough to be released into the river!
The project begins at early in January and the trout usually stay in the classroom until around Easter. Schools in the Kennet Catchment from Hungerford upstream are eligible to participate, and the project can be tailored for pre-school, primary and secondary students. 

If you are interested in having Trout in your classroom please send us an email 

Mayfly in the ClassroomA hatched Mayfly from 2013

At schools across Wiltshire every summer.  Children catch mayfly larvae from their local river, build their own hatchery and then release adult mayfly back to the river. 

A fantastic way to learn about chalkstream habitat, life cycle of insects, river ecosystems and the importance of water to us all. 

An ARK project run in partnership with Thames Water.

Eels in the Classroom

Care for a tank of baby eels (elvers) in the classroom for eight weeks prior to releasing them in the Kennet. 

Students learn about the amazing journey of eels and become an important part of their story when they release them.  Numbers of European Eels have dwindled drastically in the last few decades. We are excited about adding this species to the rich tapestry of wildlife in the Kennet.  

An ARK project run in partnership with Thames Water.

Beyond Primary - ARK in Secondary 

We welcome the opportunity to work more closely with years 7 - 13.  Both our Trout and Eel projects can be run successfully in secondary education settings.  We are also able to offer more bespoke learning opportunities by subject along with support for ongoing school initiatives.  Contact us for more details. 

Em River Model  - A River in my Classroom

How rivers work.  Our Em River model demonstrates basic principles of river behaviour, subtle channel morphology and sediment transport processes.  Fun and interactive.

Suitable for all age ranges.  For GCSE and A level we have project material written by Professor Malcolm Newson. 

For more information on any of the above projects or to discuss how ARK can support and enrich any water or environment based curriculum topic please contact