Welcome to Yorkshire Water's Teachers zone! This section has been developed for teachers to make teaching about water fun! We’ll help you develop engaging and interactive lesson plans that cover the water cycle, renewable energy and water conservation - key parts of the current school curricula.
We're working with schools up and down Yorkshire to make sure that we create interactive lesson plans jam packed with interesting content that kids simply love!
Whether it's looking at what happens when waste goes down the toilet (a personal favourite with the kids!), or looking at renewable energy and water conservation, there's a whole host of interesting water teaching resources that you can have access to with just the click of a button!
Our education centres are located at Headingley Water Treatment Works (Leeds), Ewden Water Treatment Works (Stocksbridge, Sheffield) and Tophill Low Nature Reserve (Hutton Cranswick, East Yorkshire). At our water treatment works, students can learn about the water cycle, the environment and how we ensure Yorkshire has a constant supply of fresh drinking water. At Tophill Low Nature Reserve, students can explore a range of programmes including Life underwater, Life on the water, Wonderful woods, Nature detectives, Minibeasts and Wild World.
It’s fun, thought provoking, engaging and free to primary schools!
A fantastic new learning resource 'The Green Classroom' provides key stage 2 teachers with lesson plans and work books that use a range of key primary school subjects to teach the curriculum topic of water.
This fantastic initiative was launched by Calendar's weatherman Jon Mitchell.
Below are all of our available 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.
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.
Lack of water can affect a child's performance so if they're tackling a really tricky equation it might be worth getting them a drink first!
Children will love this one - the colour of their wee may indicate that they are dehydrated. They can keep a check on the colour of their urine to make sure they're drinking enough water using our fun peeometers.
Caffeine in fizzy drinks can disrupt sleep making children feel tired during lessons - water's a much healthier alternative!
In the summertime when the weather is hot... children should be drinking more water when it's warm outside.
If they've a water bottle - make sure they fill it up regularly, otherwise you could always ask them to drink a glass of water when they get back in the classroom.
WaterAid is a charity close to our hearts because it plays a massive role in providing safe water and sanitation in Africa and Asia as well as educating people about problems with hygiene and hydration.
Free teaching resources
WaterAid has developed a variety of interactive educational resources for anyone wishing to find out more about the work it does. Its Learn Zone is a free teaching resource for primary and secondary schools which includes thought provoking questions, engaging role-plays and fun classroom activities.
We ran a community campaign to bring fresh drinking water to Yorkshire's primary schools, installing over 1,400 water coolers
THE PUPIL PIPELINE
Discover more about WaterAid's fundraising event whereby school pupils form a human 'pipeline' around their schools grounds, buildings and halls, passing one or more buckets of water from pupil to pupil without dripping a drop.