Water Lot of Fun!

The day began with the children recapping what they already knew about the water cycle. They then became ‘water investigators’ and had to identify what had been added to the different water samples.

Richard then shared an important issue with the children and explained how in our part of the UK we get very little rain (the same amount of rain as in Spain) so we need to be more waterwise and help to preserve our water. Currently, we use twice as much water as we need to. The children were shocked to find out if we left the classroom tap on for 2 minutes we could waste up to 9 litres of water. That’s up to 7000 litres of water a year! Richard then set them the ultimate challenge of washing up paint pots using the least amount of water as possible. It was much harder than it looked.

In the afternoon we spent time learning about sewage and Anglian Water's role in cleaning water. We discovered that 40% of the world doesn’t have access to clean water. We then thought about the word flushable and what it means. Richard taught us all about the pipes under the ground and how Anglian Water spent 10 million pounds last year on unblocking pipes from wet wipes, oil and fat. We investigated what happens to different items that we might put down our drains or flush down the toilet and how these can cause blockages if they aren’t flushable.

Year 5 had a fantastic day as part of their topic. The workshops gave us a lot to think about and all the children were keen to go home and share what they had learnt about water and preserving water with their families. It was an excellent addition to our Eco schools work, and allowed the children to gain a further understanding in a fun and informative way.