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Oxford Locks

The River is: constant, connecting, care-free; restful, rippling, roaring; glistening, gurgling, gliding; lazy, lizard like, life giving.

We lived in a major city with no river in it for nine years and because of that, I really appreciate living in a city with a river. Tomorrow, Dr Simon Wenham, who has spent a lot of his life enjoying and studying the river in Oxford will be sharing stories of the river with us in our first 'Oxford Forum'. Join us at our youtube channel at 1.30 p.m. on Friday 24th April. If you have questions from what you've learnt this week, send them to and we will aim to answer them.

Today for Science and Geography, we'll be considering the connections between the different waterways in the city.

This video looks at the Isis, the part of the Thames which which runs through the centre of Oxford.

But there is more than one stream of water flowing through the city. Have a look at this video to understand more about the two different rivers and the canal you can find in the city.

The lock keeper at Sandford is really friendly and lets us help with the lock as long as he is there. The locks are an important part of the Thames but do you know why they are there and how they work? The video below will look at two of Oxford's locks and consider how they work.

While you watch the video, you might want to write down how what you learnt here connects with what you already knew; how what you learnt extended what you knew; and what new questions you have after watching this.

We call this routine, 'Connect, Extend, Challenge' and you can see another example of it on this page of the website.

Don't forget to send any questions you have for Dr Wenham tomorrow!

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