Our programmes have been developed with the help of school teachers and cover key elements and targets of the national curriculum at Key Stage 2. These include:
- Geography - human and physical geography, water cycle, distribution of natural resources including water, locational knowledge of coasts and rivers, topographical features.
- Science (Year 4) - states of matter, evaporation and condensation in the water cycle, living things and their habitats, human impact on the environment.
- Science (Year 5) - properties and changes of materials, states of matter, evaporation.
- English - supporting writing, vocabulary and composition.
- Maths - supporting number addition/subtraction, measurement and statistics.
Half-day session at Ewden Water Treatment Works
Half day visit to Ewden Water Treatment Works
Joining us for lunch?
Take on our Waste Warriors Challenge!
If you are visiting us for the full day, we invite your group to take part in our Waste Warriors challenge. We'd like to challenge you to bring a lunch that uses as little amount of waste as possible.
Senior Education Adviser
I have worked for Yorkshire Water as part of the Education Team since 2008, having previously worked as a Nursery Nurse, and before that as a Riding Instructor, so always educating in some format, which is what I love. It is a privilege to show customers of all ages (but especially children), around our works and tell them about the marvellous way in which their water is collected, treated and distributed. We can help our customers understand how and why it is so important to use our water resources carefully. My favourite part of the processes we talk about is sewage treatment, smelly but fascinating, particularly the emphasis on protecting our wonderful Yorkshire environment.
I’ve spent nearly twenty years in the arts and cultural development, most recently creating engaging informal learning experiences for a large conservation charity. My passions are bringing environmental issues to life in a way that brings young people closer to the natural world and sparks their interest in becoming involved. I am actively involved in a community arts festival and enjoy being in the great outdoors.
I joined the Team in November 2017 after a teaching career of 35 years. For me, my role as an Education Adviser combines two things I enjoy, working with young people, and conservation and the environment. In my free time I enjoy walking my dog, cycling and running and growing my own vegetables (using water saved in water butts of course!).
Prior to your visit, we will send you a copy of our risk assessment.
Please note that you will be visiting an operational site and on very rare occasions there may be circumstances that cause temporary suspension of visits. This would be very unusual and if we became aware of any instances, you would be informed at the earliest opportunity.
Our primary school visits are usually free of charge, but please be aware that should you cancel with less than 3 weeks notice, we regret that we will have to charge a cancellation fee of £100 per session.
We do not charge cancellation fees in circumstances where there are bad weather conditions which would either (a) prevent you getting to our sites or (b) cause health & safety concerns during your visit. Should cancellations occur due to bad weather conditions, or for operational reasons out of our control, we will work with you to rebook your session at a mutually convenient time.
Should your group have any specific needs in terms of access, please let us know as soon as possible.
Ewden Water Treatment Works risk assessment form
Access at Ewden Water Treatment Works
We aim to accommodate children of all educational and special needs, however as these buildings are all working sites, teachers are advised to read the following information before making a booking.
The education room is in the entrance to the treatment works and is easily accessible.The tour of the works includes a number of staircases and is not suitable for wheelchair access. Our education advisers are well prepared to adapt language and activities depending on the reading age and educational needs of the students in the tour group. Students with special educational needs are welcome. The education team will consult with you regarding the needs of your proposed group and make recommendations should there any concerns which would compromise health and safety on site. The visit is recommended for Year 4 upwards.
Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
Our education centre at Ewden has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge.
This is a national accreditation, recognising the essential elements of provision - learning and safety. We achieved the LOtC Quality Badge by demonstrating that we offer good quality teaching and learning experiences and that we manage risk effectively.
This is an important achievement as it provides an assurance that we:
- Offer what we say we offer
- Take account of the needs of our users
- Place emphasis on 'learning/skills outcomes'
- Operate in a healthy and safe environment
Our Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge Certificate for Ewden
Book a visit to Ewden Water Treatment Works
To avoid disappointment we recommend you book early!
Once a booking has been made, we'll offer you a resource pack and send you a pre-prepared risk assessment.