A Cinnabar Moth caterpillar was spotted during a painting activity, Trish was able to show the children what it turns into – a lovely black and red day flying moth.
The children had other activities to do including art, deck skills and geography. These experiences were new and exciting to the children, which crucially also support the national curriculum across geography, history, literacy, STEM subjects and art and design.”
Highlight of the day for the children on cruises was the trip along the newly-dredged river between Sutton Weaver and Acton bridge where they enjoyed waving to the many narrow boaters en route and witnessing the movement of the barges laden with mud from the current dredging operations being carried out by Canal and River Trust. The Canal and River Trust also allowed the children the opportunity of disembarking at Dutton Locks, interviewing the lockkeeper, and doing pooh sticks from the old horse bridge.
The learning and participation programme is a key aspect of The Daniel Adamson inspiring future generations of the possibilities of maritime occupations, as they explore its recent past, through encounters with the volunteers, which both parties enjoy and appreciate. The restoration of the vessel was completed with Heritage Lottery Funding in 2016, which supports learning programmes. This year, they have also had additional funding from the Big Lottery for the intergenerational art and history project in Halton Schools.
Cathriona Bourke (DAPS learning and Participation Manager) said “The partnership with the team from The New Cut Heritage and Ecology Trail group really expands the explorations the children can make of the riverside habitat.”
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