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.
- PSHE - Climate change - Helping students to understand how small changes they make at home, or in school, can make a big difference to our planet and help to reduce everyone's impact on the environment.
- Eco Schools - If you are already an accredited Eco-School or on your way to becoming one, water is of course one of the 10 topics you can choose from within your school’s project!
What better way of giving your students an understanding of the importance of water than planning a visit with us to talk about ‘all things water’.
We cover many of the requirements of the Eco-Schools Green Flag questions / requirements for Eco School Status, such as helping your students understand how to save water and not waste water, as well as topics such as what should or should not go down the toilets, helping them to understand how small changes at home or in school can really help our planet.
For more information about this, visit Eco Schools website at: https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/ten-topics/water/
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 so students are exposed to sustainable food choices and recycling.
Senior Education Adviser
Having worked in education for over 17 years and as a teacher for 8 of those, I am truly passionate about education. I thoroughly enjoy working with children (and adults for that matter) and teaching them about things that are important, and our beautiful environment is one of those.
Water plays such a vital role in our everyday lives and is a resource we all need to be responsible for. I am proud to be part of a team of people who share the same passions. At Yorkshire Water we put people at the heart of everything we do, and our education centre at Ewden Water Treatment Works is no exception. Our team cannot wait to meet you and take you on a guided tour of our site, or we can meet with you on our outreach programmes too. We look forward to showing you the significant role Yorkshire Water plays and help to educate you more about how we can all work together to protect our beautiful Yorkshire environment.
I started work with Yorkshire Water in February 2023. Prior to this I was a teacher in a secondary school for over 23 years. I am excited to be part of the education team here at Ewden.
Yorkshire Water supply over 1.3billion litres of tap water each day and it is vital that we all become aware of what a precious commodity it is and how lucky we are to have access to clean water so readily. We all need to educate ourselves and our families of how we can conserve and protect our water supply for present and future generations, and here at Ewden that is what we aim to do!
In my spare time, I am a keen walker and I am thankful that I live in such a beautiful county with access to amazing countryside.
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!).
Location & Risk Assessments
The address of our Education Centre is Ewden Water Treatment Works, 400 Main Road, Wharncliffe Side, Sheffield, S35 0BN.
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.