Activity: Amazing salmon story
This is an activity for you to lead either on a visit to Northumberland National Park, or in the classroom using the internet.
Key stage 2 - England and Wales
Primary age 4-7 - Scotland
This activity is for you to take, using the resources below.
The resources for this case study can be adapted to suit the age and curriculum needs of each student.
Pupils will learn about the amazing lifecycle of a River Tweed salmon. This activity can be adapted to learning in the classroom or for a visit to any other river where salmon live and breed.
Students will learn about:
- names for salmon in different stages of development (e.g. alevins, fry etc)
- names for male and female salmon
- where and when the salmon breed
- what salmon eat - both in the river and in the sea
- about the amazing journey salmon make, returning from the ocean to the place of their birth to breed
What you will need:
For classroom activity:
Investigate the lifecycle of the salmon by using the internet as well as the downloadable resources provided above.
More information on the lifecycle of atlantic salmon:
More activities about the River ecosystem:
A river habitat pack is available to download at:
Curriculum links (England):
Subject area(s): Science (life processes)
1. Pupils should be taught:
Curriculum Links (Scotland):
Subject area(s): Science (living things and the processes of life)
The processes of life:
Give the conditions needed by animals and plants in order to remain healthy
Recognise stages in the life cycles of familiar plants and animals
Interaction of living things with their environment:
Recognise and name some common plants and animals found in the local environment
Give examples of how to care for living things and the environment
Level B: Give examples of feeding relationships found in the local environment