Early Years Resources
Water – the stuff of life.
For this reason, we need to make sure there is enough to go around.
A changing climate and a growing population could mean more and more of us having to share less and less water. And it is not just the water we all use to drink, cook and clean; farms and businesses also need lots of water, as does the natural environment, the plants and animals we share the planet with.
That makes water conservation a pressing issue, here in the UK and around the world. And there are other reasons to use less. Treating and pumping water to homes, schools and businesses uses huge amounts of energy, while heating it adds to everyone’s bills.
The good news is there are simple steps we can take reduce water use – many of which can be used to bring the topic to life in the classroom. Being vital to so many areas of life – and for life itself – water also fits easily into many different areas of the curriculum. What is more, choosing the water topic and cutting your school’s water use could also cut bills.
We are proud to be working in partnership with WaterAid, which works to bring clean, safe water and sanitation to people the world over. Their inspirational, life-changing work means they have a wealth of fantastic resources to help with your lessons.
Project idea 1: A school water saving campaign
Why not have one of your classes run a water saving campaign to spread the message to the rest of the school? Pupils could design posters – there could be a competition for the best ones – with plenty of information available from our Topic Champion, WaterAid. An assembly could be used to launch the campaign or to present the results, with pupils measuring the effect of their efforts on water use around the school.
Project idea 2: Make links with your local water company
Making links with your local water company is a great way to bring the water topic to life. Many water companies have education centres with experts on hand to inspire your students. They can also come to you, giving talks and workshops in school. Your pupils could document their visit with photos, videos and diaries that they could then present to the rest of the school. See which water companies are official Eco-schools partners and arrange your visit today!
STEM Learning: How can we clean our dirty water?
Activity: Thames Water – Marina Ventura Inside Water
Activity: Kingfisher Education – Water Awareness Workshop
Activity: WaterAid – Primary Resources
Activity: Southern Water -Waterwise Packs
Activity: MIW Water Cooler Experts – Water, water everywhere
Activity: The Pod – Find The Missing Litre
You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your schoolInteractive Eco-School