The Ecology of the Regent's Canal
Like many other canals in British cities, the Regent's Canal provides
an important sanctuary for wildlife. There are two main habitats - the water in
the canal itself, and the grass and trees along the banks. Together, they
provide a home for a variety of insects, birds and mammals which not only share
the space but are interdependent on each other. This activity gives students
practice in classification and sampling techniques, and an opportunity to
consider the food chains that exist within the habitats.
National Curriculum and QCA
- NC KS3 Science Sc2 Life Processes and Living Things: Variation,
Classification and Inheritance: Classification 4b, Living Things in Their
Environment 5a&b, Feeding Relationships 5e
- QCA Unit 7c Environmental and Feeding Relationships Unit 8D
- To learn exactly what is meant by a habitat, and to distinguish
between natural and man made ones.
- To develop skills in genus & species identification using keys
- To develop fieldwork skills of observation and recording.
- To introduce the use of the quadrat as a means of ecological
- To understand the interdependence of the species in the habitat,
and to draw up a food chain or web from their observations.
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Key Stage 3 History Activities
This workshop looks in considerable detail at the growth of the canal
network during the 18th century, using the resources available in the Museum -
maps of the network, the Coronis, the costume displays, Battlebridge Basin,
cargo handling, the life of Carlo Gatti, The displays in the Museum are used as
stimuli for analytical thinking about the role of the canals in the Industrial
KS3 History Historical Enquiry 4a, Breadth of Study 7a, b, & bc,
Britain (1750-1900) 10
- To learn about the problems that had to be overcome during the
construction of the canals.
- To learn about the development of the canal network between 1760
- To investigate what life on board a canal boat was like by looking
at the Coronis.
- To investigate what the life of the canal people was like from the
- To investigate how Battlebridge Basin has changed since 1871.
- To investigate the value of canal posters as historical
- To investigate different methods of cargo handling.
- To learn about Carlo Gatti and his role in the ice trade.
- To investigate the role of the canals in developing Britain's
- To investigate the development of the Regent's Canal.
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Looking at Buildings
The London Canal Museum is housed in a building put up over 150 years
ago, for a very different purpose from the one it is used for now. In the drive
for regeneration around the Battlebridge Basin, some buildings have, like the
London Canal Museum, been adapted and reused. Others have been demolished, and
new ones, made out of quite different material, put in their place. This
activity looks at the buildings as machines for living and working, and in
terms of design. It also examines the differences in materials used to build
National Curriculum & QCA Links
NC KS3 Art & Design Exploring & Developing Ideas 1a & c,
Breadth of Study 5 a, b, & d QCA Art & Design Unit 7b Whats In a
- To understand the original purpose for which the Canal Museum was
built, and how this has changed. To look at the ice wells and first floor
stables in the building, and consider why they were placed where they were.
- To examine the windows, doors and other functioning parts of the
building and consider why they were built as they were.
- To compare the materials from which the London Canal Museum was
built with the materials of the modern buildings and consider why the changes
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