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Home learning focus

Learn about rivers, including what they are and how they are formed.

This lesson includes:

  • two short films on rivers

  • two activities to build your knowledge


What is a river?

A river is a moving body of water that flows from its source on high ground, across land, and then into another body of water, which could be a lake, the sea, an ocean or even another river.

A river flows along a channel with banks on both sides and a bed at the bottom.

If there is lots of rainfall, or snow or ice melting, rivers often rise over the top of their banks and begin to flow onto the floodplains at either side.

In the following video, Sue Venir gives an introduction to rivers.