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Welcome to our school zone! In this section, you'll find out how you can bring your classroom to life, as it’s full of intuitive and interactive ways that you can help immerse your pupils in the world of water!

Developed for Yorkshire's finest teachers, we offer help to design interactive lesson plans that cover all the important subjects. This includes the water cycle, renewable energy and water conservation; all key parts of the current school curricula.

We're delighted to offer visits to our clean water treatment works at Headingley (Leeds) and Ewden (Stocksbridge, North Sheffield), and our Nature Reserve at Tophill Low (Driffield), where children can learn about the water cycle, the environment and how we ensure Yorkshire has a constant supply of fresh drinking water. 

Key Stage 2 Programme Guide for Headingley and Ewden

Our education centre is run by experienced staff. We offer a programme of free sessions for primary schools and additional sessions for secondary schools, universities and community groups.

There are two programmes currently available:

A half day visit to Headingley and Ewden water treatment works will include:

1. Introduction to the water cycle and where our water comes from.
2. The 'Baddies in the Works' presentation - how we remove the 'baddies' from the water we treat. (approx. 10 minutes)
3. A guided tour of the site with headsets (approx. 40 minutes)
4. Activities - group work around six interactive sessions (approx. 40 minutes)
5. Water savers and wasters. Which one are you? (approx. 10 minutes)
6. Plenary session. What have we learnt? (approx. 10 minutes)

Children will be able to get hands on - conducting exciting experiments and working on a series of projects that help explain the water cycle and what we do with water to make it safe to drink. We also give out resource booklets so the learning can continue when you get back to the classroom.

Session timings are either 9.45am – 11.45am or 12.45pm – 2.45pm and we open Tuesday to Friday at Headingley and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Ewden. You can check our schedule of opening for availability here. Please note that we can only take one class per session.

A full day visit to Headingley and Ewden Water Treatment Works with our Big Wish activity programme will include:

1. Introduction to the water cycle and where our water comes from.
2. The 'Baddies in the Works' presentation - how we remove the 'baddies' from the water we treat. (approx. 10 minutes)
3. A guided tour of the site with headsets (approx. 40 minutes)
4. Activities - group work around six interactive sessions (approx. 40 minutes)
5. Water savers and wasters. Which one are you? (approx. 10 minutes)
6. Plenary session. What have we learnt? (approx. 10 minutes)

7. An afternoon focusing on the difference between communities in Ethiopia and the Yorkshire region. We will explore how villagers access their water supplies and the benefits of working with WaterAid to bring clean water and sanitation to those less fortunate. The sessions will comprise of activities from our Big Wish programme.

Full day sessions are from 9.45am to 2.45pm and we are open Tuesday to Friday at Headingley, and Tuesday and Thursday at Ewden. You can check our schedule of opening for availability here. Please note that we can only take one class per session.

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 - Key Stage 2 targets - 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.

Mathematics - supporting number addition/subtraction, measurement and statistics.

We offer bespoke visits for Key Stage 3 and 4 supporting key elements of the secondary curriculum. To make a booking please use our booking form.

Key Stage 2 Programme Guide Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Our education centre is run by experienced staff. 

We offer a programme of free sessions for primary schools and additional bespoke sessions for secondary schools, universities and community groups.

Schools can choose from our half day or full day options.  Session timings are either 9.45am – 11.45am or 12.45pm – 2.45pm and we are usually open on Wednesday & Thursday but we do have some flexibility depending on our existing bookings.

You can check our schedule of opening for availability here. Please note that we can only take one class per session.

Programmes available are:

Life underwater -This session will help pupils discover how insects and other pondlife are adapted to survive underwater. Pupils will collect and identify common pondlife, learn about their life cycles and their place in the pond food web.

Life on the water - Using our binoculars, hides and viewing areas pupils can learn to identify the birds they find. Pupils will be able to describe similarities and differences between them, from beaks, feet, size, colour and behaviour to thoughts about what the birds might eat and how they are adapted to their watery habitat.

Wonderful woods - With our vast expanse of woodland, pupils will be able to study the life cycle of plants through our magnificent trees, from their buds and bark to their leaves and seeds. Working scientifically pupils will be able to describe patterns, take measurements, make predictions and give explanations for how plants are adapted to survive.

Nature detectives - Using the essential scientific skills of observation and recording, pupils will be able to become nature detectives and track evidence of what lives on the reserve. Their findings will help pupils understand how different animals in the food chain are adapted to their environment and how the reserve is managed to protect them.

Minibeasts - Pupils will find out what a mini-beast is, where they live and what they look like. Pupils will learn different techniques to collect and identify what they find. They will be able to study them carefully and understand what the reserve needs to do to encourage more suitable habitat.

Wild world - In this session pupils find out about what it is like to live in the wild; what are the sounds, sights and smells? They think about where the different plants and animals live in relation to each other and whether they would be able to survive themselves. Could they find food ,water and shelter?

Coming for lunch? - take part in the 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. Here are our top tips:

Waste Warriors Challenge 

Book a school visit


- To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book early.

- Once a booking has been made, we'll offer you a resource pack.

- We will automatically send you a pre-prepared risk assessment.

Key Stage 4 Programme Guide for Headingley and Ewden

Our education centres are run by experienced Education Advisers. Whilst our main offering is a programme of sessions for Key Stage 2, we are able to offer half day visits for Key Stage 4.

A half-day session to Headingley or Ewden Water Treatment Works will include:

1. A safety introduction – including risk assessment, signage and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). (approx. 5 minutes)
2. Revision of the water cycle and an introduction into where our water comes from. (approx. 15 minutes)
3. Water treatment presentation - how we treat our water to provide clean drinking water, covers filtration and sterilisation. (approx. 20 minutes)
4. A guided tour of the site with audio headsets (approx. 30 minutes)
5. Wastewater presentation – what happens to your wastewater? (approx. 15 minutes)
6. Activities - group work around two interactive sessions (approx. 20 minutes)
6. Water savers and wasters. Which one are you? (approx. 5 minutes)
7. Plenary and feedback session. (approx. 5 minutes)

A visit to Yorkshire Water supports the following Gatsby Benchmarks:

4. Linking curriculum learning to careersThe requirements of the national curriculum are embedded into our education centre visits. Students can visit water treatment centres at Headingley and Ewden to see these processes in action and observe, first-hand, a working treatment plant. See the role of the Process Engineers and take part in a discussion regarding other roles within Yorkshire Water.
5. Encounters with employers and employeesYour students will be visiting a place of work and will see for themselves what is involved in running a water treatment works. They will see how we use I.T. to deliver a service 24/7 and how technology supports the delivery of a quality product. They will see different job roles available in the workplace.
6. Experiences of workplaces Studentsare offered the opportunity to visit our treatment works with the first-hand experience of a working environment. There is a safety discussion, risk assessment, PPE and workplace behaviour. Students will wear the appropriate PPE and tour the working site.

Session timings are either 9.45am – 11.45am or 12.45pm – 2.45pm and we open Tuesday to Friday at Headingley and Tuesday to Thursday at Ewden. You can check our schedule of opening for availability here. Please note that we can only take one class per session, and maximum group size is 35.

Book a visit


- To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book early.

- Once a booking has been made, we'll offer you a resource pack.

- We will automatically send you a pre-prepared risk assessment.

Key Stage 5, Higher Education, Further Education and Adult visitors: Programme Guide for Headingley and Ewden

Our education centres are run by experienced Education Advisers. Whilst our main offering is a programme of sessions for Key Stage 2, we are able to offer half day sessions for colleges, universities and community groups. All visits are by pre-arrangement and are for group bookings only. A minimum of 20 participants is preferred.

A half day visit to Headingley or Ewden water treatment works will include:

1. A safety introduction – including risk assessment, signage and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). (approx. 5 minutes)
2. An overview of Yorkshire Water, including ‘Source to Sea’ abstraction and collection of water from the environment, water treatment, waste water treatment and our commitment to renewable energy. (approx. 30 minutes)
3. Water treatment presentation - how we treat our water to provide clean drinking water; covers filtration and sterilisation. (approx. 30 minutes)
4. A guided tour of the site with audio headsets. (approx. 30 minutes)
7. Plenary and feedback session. (approx. 10 minutes)

Session timings are either 9.45am – 11.45am or 12.45pm – 2.45pm and we open Tuesday to Friday at Headingley WTW and Tuesday to Thursday at Ewden WTW. Please note that we can only take one group per session, and maximum group size is 30.

Book a visit

- To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book early.

- Once a booking has been made, we'll offer you a resource pack.

- We will automatically send you a pre-prepared risk assessment.

Meet the team - our Education Advisers

Our education & engagement team enjoy working with the thousands of young people and adults that visit our education centres or take part in outreach workshops every year.

Look at the profiles below to learn more about the team delivering your visit.

Ewden Education Centre

Helena

Helena - 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.

Charlotte

Charlotte - Education Adviser

I joined the Education team here at Yorkshire Water in 2017. Prior to that I had been teaching in primary schools and education facilities in and around Huddersfield since gaining my PGCE. I have always been passionate about science; for me the best part of being an Education Adviser is the thought that we can help to spark a lifelong interest in the young people who visit us. I love answering the brilliant questions we get asked by our visitors, especially the ones that make me think too – we never stop learning!

Ann

Ann - Education Adviser

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!).

Headingley Education Centre 

Adele

Adele - Senior Education Adviser

I have worked as an Education Adviser since we opened our Education Centre in Leeds in 2002, but began my career working for Yorkshire Water in bacteriology and studied microbiology. My main role is delivering guided tours around our treatment works but I also deliver outreach sessions to local schools where the emphasis is the importance of our most precious resource, water. I enjoy working with young people especially when they ask lots of questions. I love seeing their faces when we take them around our treatment works to see all the processes water passes through to produce crystal clear Yorkshire Water! In my spare time I enjoy organising cycle rides around our beautiful county.

Emma

Emma - Education Adviser

After teaching Science in secondary schools for 23 years, it is really refreshing to take learning outside the classroom. I love meeting new groups each day and seeing how fascinated they are when they realise how much goes into treating their water. Getting out and about with outreach is fun too, being a visitor and bringing something different into your classroom.

Vicki

Vicki - Education Adviser

I joined Yorkshire Water after spending 11 years working in inner-city high schools in a pastoral role as a non-teaching Head of Year. Education has always been a great passion of mine and my motto has always been, “I’m in it for them [young people].” I love the variety of meeting new groups in our centres and whilst visiting schools on outreach and imparting knowledge all about the most important substance on earth, water - Yorkshire’s finest!

Tophill Low Nature Reserve & Living With Water Programme 

Margaret

Margaret - Education Adviser

I’ve been an Education Adviser since we opened our education centre at Tophill Low nature reserve in 2017. Prior to joining Yorkshire Water, I taught in secondary and primary schools, completed a research project with Hull University on outdoor learning and have been a field teacher with the RSPB. I’m passionate about teaching and learning outdoors about our natural environment but also keen to inspire and enthuse pupils about science in the classroom. As well as leading the education programme at Tophill Low, I support the Living with Water project in Hull and East Yorkshire, delivering exciting and thought-provoking sessions through outreach work in local schools.

Risk Assessments

Prior to your visit, we will send you a copy of our risk assessment. You can download it from here -

 

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.

Access at our education centres

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.

Headingley Water Treatment Works

The education room is reached by two flights of stairs and is therefore not suitable for individuals who have limited mobility or are wheelchairs users. Our education advisers are well prepared to adapt language and activities depending on the reading age and educational needs of the children 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.

Ewden Water Treatment Works

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.

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

The education room is on the ground floor of the visitors bird hide. The main toilet block is a short distance away from the facility but there is a disabled toilet nearby. To access the bird hide viewing area, visitors can use the stairs or the external ramp. The building is wheelchair accessible. Our education adviser is well prepared to adapt language and activities depending on the reading age and educational needs of the children 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.

LOtC Quality Badge

Our education centres at Headingley, Ewden and Tophill Low have 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:

1. Offer what we say we offer
2. Take account of the needs of our users
3. Place emphasis on 'learning/skills outcomes'
4. Operate in a healthy and safe environment

Download our LOtC Quality Badge Certificate Tophill Low

Download our LOtC Quality Badge Certificate Headingley

Download our LOtC Quality Badge Certificate Ewden

Below are all of our available water teaching resources especially for the teachers of Yorkshire. We have worked hard collating this information. We hope these make your lessons on water informative, engaging and fun for your pupils.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to order items for your lessons. Our contact details are provided below.

Click on the name of the pdf to view, download and print

The Green Classroom lesson plan - a series of nine lesson plans that use Science, Mathematics, Citizenship, Geography, English, Art & Design and ICT

The Water Environment Book - information & experiments

The Green Classroom work booklets - fun, colourful work booklets to use with your class as your work through the series of nine lessons

The Green Classroom certificate - we've created a certificate that commends pupils who've worked extra hard on this topic - download as many copies as you like

Water Cycle Poster - to put up in your classroom

Water Treatment Poster - to put up in your classroom

How we treat waste water poster - for the classroom

Science Pack -  exciting water facts and fun, interactive experiments for pupils

Poo Power booklet - the materials can be used for class based work, home study, assembly preparation, extension activity and community outreach.

Pee-o-meter - tinkle test to assess hydration levels

Soak It Up

How to Order Resources

To order any of our resources above, please complete this form.

WaterAid teaching resources

WaterAid provide a host of resources to download and order. Click on the link below to connect to the WaterAid website and learn of the work we do with WaterAid.

WaterAid teaching resources

RNLI

The charity’s volunteer crew provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations.

Royal National Lifeboat Institute information

Water is one of nature's greatest gifts. It falls from the sky as rain before finding its way into rivers or sinking into the ground. Eventually it returns to the sea, where it evaporates, forming rain-clouds and the whole cycle starts again.

The water cycle is very important to us here at Yorkshire Water, as it enables us to provide two million homes and businesses in Yorkshire with fresh drinking water every day. Here you can find out more about how we make water work for you:

How we collect water

Considering the water cycle is truly a cycle, there's no real starting point, but if we had to pick somewhere to begin our exciting journey we'd probably say the sun.

Before we can extract the water from rivers, reservoirs and boreholes there are three main steps in the cycle - evaporation, condensation and precipitation:

Evaporation

The sun heats up the water from the oceans where it evaporates and rises into the air as water vapour. The vapour then rises into the earth's atmosphere, along with water transpired from plants and evaporation from the soil. Ask your pupils to think about what happens to a puddle when the sun comes out.

Condensation

As the water vapour rises, the colder temperatures cool the vapour so that it condenses to form water droplets in clouds. Clouds are formed when water droplets and pieces of dust join together in the atmosphere. If it's warm outside ask your pupils to think about why water forms on the outside of a glass when you pour cold water into it. If it's a cold day you could always ask them why water droplets appear on the inside of the window.

Precipitation

As the water vapour condenses the air can't hold it anymore so it falls back to earth as rain, sleet, snow or hail. The word precipitation comes from Latin and means "falling". Try asking your pupils to remember the name of this process the next time it rains.

Water treatment

A lot goes on at our water treatment works to make your water safe for drinking. The extent of the treatment varies depending on where we collect the water from - if it's from a borehole the water usually only requires minimal treatment, if it's from lowland river sources and upland reservoirs it will go through a tougher treatment process.

When water reaches our works it will normally go through the following stages to remove the "baddies":

Screening

The water passes through a huge metal strainer to remove debris like leaves and twigs.

Flocculation

Approved chemicals are added to act like a magnet for smaller impurities like dirt, natural colour and bacteria. The chemicals form a sort of jelly called floc.

We've developed an interactive guide to water treatment including cool sound effects and animations. Pupils can follow a gang of baddies on their doomed journey through the water treatment works.

Clarification

The floc has to be taken out of the water, so air is bubbled through the tanks to make the floc float to the surface to form a blanket, where it is scraped off. This process is called Dissolved Air Flotation or DAF for short. At some works that don't have DAF, the floc instead sinks to the bottom of the tanks and is taken away - this process is called sedimentation.

Filtration

The clarified water is passed through filters filled with layers of sand and gravel to remove any final traces of the floc and metals such as iron and manganese. These filters are cleaned regularly, every one to two days.

Ozonation

Ozone is a gas which is a powerful oxidant and is used at a few of our water treatment works. It is bubbled through the water to remove any traces of pesticides or similar compounds.

Granular Activated Carbon

Granular Activate Carbon is used in filter beds to remove the by-products of ozonation, as well as traces of any other substances which may also be found in the water.

Chlorination

Chlorine is then added to the water. This kills off any microbes that may still be present. A small amount of chlorine is left in the water as it travels to your home to ensure the water at your tap is of the highest possible quality.

We've only given you the basics of water treatment here. If you'd like to know more about how you can include this subject in your lesson plans, download our Science Pack - there are exciting water facts and fun, interactive experiments.

Water distribution

Having removed the "baddies" from the water we've collected it's now ready to be delivered to the homes, businesses and schools across Yorkshire.

We do this using our Yorkshire Grid which allows us to transfer water from one part of the region to another depending on where it's needed most. This means that, come rain or shine and wherever you are in Yorkshire, you can be assured that your water will always be on tap.

The grid also means that that the water your pupils drink at school has not necessarily come from the nearest source, it may have travelled several miles before it reaches them. Think of it like one giant water vending machine that never runs out of their favourite drink!

Collecting and treating waste water

How we treat Yorkshire's waste water

Getting water into your home and school is only half the story. Once it has been used, it's up to us to collect and treat Yorkshire's waste water and return it safely to the environment.

Collecting waste water

We have a network of around 20,000 miles of underground pipes, collecting the raw sewage from the region's homes, liquid waste from industry, and rainwater that falls on roofs and roads. After the water has been used, it enters a waste pipe, travels into a drain, then into a sewer pipe that joins others to form something we call a trunk sewer.

Eventually it reaches one of over 600 waste water treatment works across the region where we improve the water before putting it back into the environment.

Treating waste water

At our treatment works the waste water goes through six key stages before it's good enough to be released into rivers and the sea:

1. Screening

We remove debris and large objects such as wood, rags, paper and plastics by passing the waste water through specially designed metal grids called screens.

2. Primary treatment

Sewage is transferred into large tanks called settlement tanks where most of the remaining solids sink to the bottom forming sewage sludge. The sludge can either be composted to improve soil quality, burned in an incinerator or digested by special bacteria to produce gas which can be burned to generate electricity - poo power as we like to call it.

Discover more about poopower in the classroom - download our guide to how human waste can help generate electricity. Key stages two and three.

3. Secondary treatment - stage one

The liquid sewage flows on to stage three which involves biological treatment. Here, the sewage is trickled over filters of stone containing billions of "goodie" micro-organisms which feed on the "baddies" and remove any organic pollutants.

4. Secondary treatment - stage two

Sometimes the sewage is mixed with the micro-organisms in a tank.  Oxygen is bubbled into the tank so that the "goodies" can breathe and go to work.

5. Final treatment

Finally, the sewage enters our settlement tanks where any remaining micro-organisms and sludge sink to the bottom. At coastal sites we also zap the waste water with ultra-violet light to kill of any surviving bacteria.

Returning water to local rivers and sea

It's important for our environment that the water we use is returned safely to the rivers and the sea. Many of our rivers are cleaner now than since the industrial revolution over 100 years ago. This is because we've been hard at work updating and modernising many of our waste water treatment plants in the region.

We also play a massive part in improving Yorkshire's coastal bathing waters thanks to a multimillion-pound investment in our waste water treatment in these areas.

To see how we're encouraging biodiversity and putting rivers back at the heart of communities in Yorkshire visit our Biodiversity page.

If you'd like to learn more about how we're helping keep Yorkshire's coastal waters clean, take a trip to the seaside.

Yorkshire Water’s ‘Big Wish for Ethiopia’ strives to deliver safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to those less fortunate, whilst educating customers and influencing stakeholders on the challenges faced by millions.

Request a talk on our Big Wish for Ethiopia

We are delighted to offer schools and youth organisations the opportunity to have a free talk or workshop.

Using our Big Wish resources and utilising our knowledge of WaterAid, our dedicated speakers will come along to your school or youth group and tell you all about our Big Wish for Ethiopia and how we can all help to provide clean water and sanitation for everyone, everywhere.

We can come along and talk in your assembly, run a class workshop or support your Cub/Scout/Brownie/Guide evening with fun and engaging activities.

To request a speaker, please complete this form.

School and youth group resources

We've developed two resources, one for Schools and one for youth groups. You can download all these resources here:

The Big Wish Youth Groups
- The Big Wish Schools
- The Big Wish Sponsorship Form
- Big Wish School Poster
- Lesson 1 slides
- Lesson 2 slides
- Assembly Slides
- Wishing well Templates
- Paying in form
Fundraising Ideas
- Big Wish Sanitation Lesson Plan
- Big Wish Sanitation Presentation
- Big Wish Sanitation Worksheet 1
- Big Wish Sanitation Worksheet 2
- Big Wish Sanitations Statement Cards

You can also fundraise and donate via our dedicated JustGiving page.

Case Study - Introducing Mekedelawit

14 year old Mekedelawit is a grade 7 pupil and WASH club member at Bruh Tesfa Primary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In the slum area that the school is in 25% of the population are disabled; this school has WASH facilities for both disabled and non-disabled students.

Mekedelawit is an ambassador for hygiene education. "Our club's primary role is to keep the school clean, and to teach students how to be clean. I was selected because I am a good communicator."

Her favourite subject is English and when she grows up she wants to be a pilot.

Mekedelawit talks about the impact the WASH facilities have had on the health of her and her fellow students:

"Before the construction of the latrines and water provision, children got sick. But now we have these facilities and knowledge about how to use these latrines we do not get sick."

"I want to say thank you to everyone who was involved in the construction of the water and sanitation facilities."

Our School Linking Programme

Want to make a big difference?  Why not sign up to our School Linking programme?

Bring learning to life with WaterAid

Could your school raise £1,000 for WaterAid this academic year? Take on the challenge and follow the journey of schoolchildren in Ethiopia, Madagascar and Nepal as their schools receive clean water and toilets for the first time.

Through updates, talks, photos and films, WaterAid's Schools Linking project will show the challenges children face and the transformation that water and toilets bring - helping your pupils to think global and act local to help some of the world's poorest people.

By joining Schools Linking, your school will receive;

Termly updates from schools in Ethiopia, Madagascar and Nepal
Classroom talks or workshops from a local trained WaterAid storyteller
Your starter pack and fundraising materials
Curriculum linked teaching materials
Plus the chance to share a letter with a chosen school!

To learn more please get in touch by completing this form.

We'd love to hear from you!

When our Education Team aren’t busy delivering sessions at our education centres, we occasionally have availability to come into school and deliver outreach sessions.

We also have access to a number of volunteers who love delivering talks and workshops about the fantastic work WaterAid does to improve access to clean water and sanitation in developing countries.

Booking an outreach programme for Key Stage 2

Should you be unable to visit one of our fantastic education centres, we may be able to you instead!

What we can offer will depending on our availability, but ideally, we would come into school for the full day.

Please note we are unlikely to have availability for ‘assembly only’ requests unless it is for a WaterAid talk.

We will start with offering a 30 minute whole school assembly increasing awareness of the work done by Water Aid and can follow this with up to four one-hour workshops.

In a workshop, individual classes of up to 35 students will find out more about your chosen topic, supported by two of our experienced education advisers. An hour is the ideal length of time to deliver the content at a relaxed pace, but we are happy to work with your school timetable. We can offer double workshops across a morning or afternoon session, but you may find in this case a visit to one of our centres will be more informative. Please specify which workshop(s) you are interested in when booking.

Facilities required for our workshops: Interactive whiteboard/projector, pens & paper, water or handwashing facilities (can be outside the classroom).

Water Aid

By the end of this workshop, students will know about the importance of having access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. They will have learned about alternative methods of sewage disposal and had the opportunity to make a toilet in their classroom! They will know about the importance of handwashing and will have had the chance to practice good handwashing techniques. They will be encouraged to think about ways in which they can increase their own responsibility when it comes to their personal water use.

The Water Cycle

During this workshop we will cover the water cycle and changing state.  Students will learn about the work that Yorkshire Water does; make a water cycle in a bag and be encouraged to think about ways in which they can be responsible with their own water usage.

Making water safe to drink

In this workshop, we demonstrate the stages that raw water has to go through in order to make it safe to drink. Students will see how flocculation works, observe flotation through ‘raisin races’, and have a go at filtering a dirty water sample. They will consider the cost of water and discuss water conservation. It would be helpful if students were familiar with the water cycle before the workshop.

Can we flush it?

This workshop addresses the waste water treatment process (from the sewers to the sea). Students will learn about things that should be flushed down the toilet (the ‘3Ps’!); will think about the effects of putting things into the sewers that should not be there; and will investigate what happens when we flush wipes. Students will sort common waste items and discuss the effect of plastics on the environment. It would be helpful if students were familiar with the water cycle before the workshop.

Request a talk on our Big Wish for Ethiopia

We are delighted to offer schools and youth organisations the opportunity to have a free talk or workshop.

Using our Big Wish resources and utilising our knowledge of WaterAid, our dedicated speakers will come along to your school or youth group and tell you all about our Big Wish for Ethiopia and how we can all help to provide clean water and sanitation for everyone, everywhere.

We can come along and talk in your assembly, run a class workshop or support your Cub/Scout/Brownie/Guide evening with fun and engaging activities.

To request a speaker, please complete this form.

Living with Water

These sessions are available to schools in the following postcodes:

HU2, HU3, HU4, HU5, HU6, HU7, HU8, HU9, HU10, HU13, HU16

Our Education & Living with Water teams are able to come into your school and deliver the following outreach activities:

  • An assembly
  • Classroom based workshops

Assembly

The assembly presentation is approximately 45 minutes and is an interactive presentation that emphasises how components of the water cycle can result in areas of flooding. The problems caused by flooding are highlighted, discussed and the benefits of having a family flood plan put forward. The assembly includes a recap of the water cycle, a description and explanation of flooding, a role play activity and a video which demonstrates how the Living with Water partners are joining forces to put in place flooding resilience and how the community can be involved in preparing and planning for flooding events.

Classroom based workshops (Key Stage 2)

This one-hour workshop provides a series of activities that allow students to consider the implications of flooding in their local area. These are four planned activities; a demonstration of our SuDS model, an investigation looking at the rate of water flow through different materials, a discussion about the importance of having a family flood plan and a decision-making activity based on a planned flooding kit. All students have access to the four activities in rotation to gain an appreciation of how the water cycle and planning for a flooding event are important considerations in areas susceptible to flooding.

We can deliver up to 4 one-hour workshops during the school day.

To request an outreach session, please check on the availability listing for Tophill Low Nature Reserve, and then request one of the dates that are listed as free on that page.

To access our booking form click here

For more information about Living with Water