Children from St John’s Eglish Primary School recently became water champions when NI Water’s Education Team paid a visit to the school to teach them all about water conservation.
Although our planet is covered in water, only 1% of it is actually drinkable. The children heard first hand why water is such a precious resource, and through a series of games and activities, discovered just how water wise they are. At the end of the session, pupils completed a water drop pledge naming one way they promise to save water.
NI Water’s Environmental Education Manager, Jane Jackson said: “We had a really busy year in 2013/14, visiting over 150 schools across the country and educating over 10,000 pupils. We had lots of fun teaching the children about water and how they can help to conserve this precious resource.
“The classroom visits are really popular with schools and last year we spoke to nearly 3,000 pupils about the importance of drinking water, conserving water and what not to flush down the loo.
“We are delighted with the positive feedback we have received from schools who have participated in our H20 programme. It’s a fantastic way for us to work within the local community and educate future generations of water users.”
Pupils from across 150 schools last year, listened to our educators talk about how to save water; how much water to drink; what not to flush down the loo; water conservation and some even had the chance to see a working sewage works! That’s without mentioning the chance to become a nature detective for a tour around the scenic Silent Valley Reservoir and becoming a passenger on our travelling classroom, the Waterbus!
The programme is aimed at Key Stage 2 and designed to complement a key element of Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum – the ‘World Around Us’.
A teachers’ learning pack, with further classroom activities and additional information is available to download from www.niwater.com/education.
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