Visits to your school

A member of our Education Team can visit your school to lead one of our in-school education programmes for Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5.

A brief description of the programmes we offer is listed below. If you have any questions about specific areas of the curriculum that you would like to cover, please Contact us, as we may be able to help.

Students gain an understanding of how the water cycle works, how water supports life, where their tap water comes from, and an appreciation of why and how water should be conserved.

This half day programme consists of three sessions:
1. Water Cycle Drama
Curriculum links: Geography, Science
Students understand how the water cycle works through role play.

2. Be Water Wise
Curriculum links: Geography, Science, Citizenship
Students take part in an interactive activity to gain knowledge of the amount of water that common activities use. They will also learn practical ways they can reduce their personal water usage at home and at school.

3. Water Experiments (cleaning dirty water, what goes down the toilet)
Curriculum links: Science
Students use ‘scientific skills’ to find out how water is cleaned and made safe to drink, and establish which items commonly cause blockages in waste water drains.

Please note:
• Activities are designed for groups no larger than 35 students We can offer this half day programme to a maximum of 65 students with one Affinity Water representative. All activities can be accommodated in a large classroom but work better in a larger space such as a hall or learning support centre. Close access to a tap and sink is preferable, where possible
• An assembly can also be included within the day, either for the whole school or for the students involved in the activities

Students survey their school and collect data to establish how water is being used and possibly wasted. They will be able to identify key areas for improvement in water usage behaviours, which could be incorporated into a school-led campaign/ initiative following the water audit day.

This half day or full day consists of two or three sessions:
1. Water Audit
Curriculum links: Science, Mathematics
Students survey their school and collect data to identify how and where water is being used and how it is potentially being wasted. Students consider ways that the school can be more water efficient to save water, energy and money.

2. Water Eco Action Playground (water use / conservation)
Curriculum links: Geography, Citizenship
Students take part in a series of interactive, familiar, old school games as part of a ‘pop up playground’, enabling them to gain knowledge of how water is used and wasted. They will also learn practical ways they can reduce their personal water usage at home and at school. Please note that a large space is essential due to the size of the games (there are two games each measuring 3m squared, as well as some smaller games). An alternative water conservation activity can be provided if your school does not have a suitable space available.

Plus a choice of one of the following activities:
A. Water Experiments (cleaning dirty water, what goes down the toilet, pollution)
Curriculum links: Science
Students ‘work scientifically’ to find out how water is cleaned and made safe to drink, the source of common pollutants in water sources and their own personal impact on this, and establish which items commonly cause blockages in waste water drains.

B. Water Supply Challenge
Curriculum links: STEM
This game challenges teams to design, build and test a water supply network, simulating a real life engineering project.

Please note:
• A half day consists of two sessions (water audit and water eco action playground)
• A full day consists of three sessions (water audit and water eco action playground plus one additional activity)
• We can offer the half day programme to a maximum of 65 students and the full day
programme to a maximum of 95 students with one Affinity Water representative
• Each activity is designed for groups no larger than 35 students. Depending on the number of students, a carousel system of activities may be required, with some sessions led by school staff
• All activities can be accommodated in a large classroom but work better in a larger space such as a hall or learning support centre. Close access to a tap and sink is preferable, where possible
• An assembly can also be included within the day, either for the whole school or for the students involved in the activities.

Students gain an understanding of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths involved in the building, maintenance and daily operations of the water industry. They will learn about the scientific processes involved in getting clean and safe drinking water to their taps, where water comes from and an appreciation of why and how water should be conserved.

This half day or full day programme consists of two sessions:
1. Water Eco Action Playground (water use / conservation)
Curriculum links: Geography, Citizenship
Students take part in a series of interactive, familiar, old school games as part of a ‘pop up playground’, enabling them to gain knowledge of how water is used and wasted. They will also learn practical ways they can reduce their personal water usage at home and at school. Please note that a large space is essential due to the size of the games (there are two games each measuring 3m squared, as well as some smaller games). An alternative water conservation activity can be provided if your school does not have a suitable space available.

Plus a choice of one of the following activities:
A. Water Flow Investigation (Years 3-6)
Curriculum links: STEM
Students experiment with a range of equipment to investigate the basic laws of physics that govern the flow of water through a pipe. They will need to apply their own STEM skills to work through the investigation.

B. The Water Supply Stress Test (Years 3-6)
Curriculum links: STEM, Geography, Citizenship
This activity allows students to consider the complexity of water related issues within a local and global context. They will take part in an interactive game to help them understand the impact that humans can have on their own water sources, and identify ways that everyone can play a part to help protect this precious natural resource.

C. Water Supply Challenge (Years 5-6)
Curriculum links: STEM
This game challenges teams to design, build and test a water supply network, simulating a real life engineering project.

Please note:
• The day can be run as a half day (for groups of 65 and under) or a full day (for groups of 95 and under) with one Affinity Water representative
• Each activity is designed for groups no larger than 35 students. Depending on the number of students, a carousel system of activities may be required, with some input from school staff
• The same session can be repeated with different groups throughout the day or different sessions can run for the same group
• All activities can be accommodated in a large classroom but work better in a larger space such as a hall or learning support centre. Close access to a tap and sink is preferable, where possible
• An assembly can also be included within the day, either for the whole school or for the students involved in the activities.

Students gain an understanding of the the STEM behind the water industry, scientific processes involved in getting clean and safe drinking water to their taps, where water comes from, common pollutants found in water and how they are removed, and an appreciation of why and how water should be conserved.

This programme consists of a maximum of three of the following sessions. This is either the same session repeated three times to three different groups, or all three sessions taught to a single group.

A. Water Supply Challenge (1h – 1h30m)
Curriculum links: STEM
This game challenges teams to design, build and test a water supply network, simulating a real life engineering project.

B. The Water Supply Stress Test (1h – 1h30m)
Curriculum links: STEM, Geography, Citizenship
This activity allows students to consider the complexity of water related issues within a local and global context. They will take part in an interactive game to help them understand the impact that humans can have on their own water sources, and identify ways that everyone can play a part to help protect this precious natural resource.

C. Water Flow Investigation (1h – 1h30m)
Curriculum links: STEM
Students experiment with a range of equipment to investigate the basic laws of physics that govern the flow of water through a pipe. They will need to apply their own STEM skills to work through the investigation.

D. Water Experiments (cleaning dirty water, to flush or not to flush, pollution) (1h – 1h30m)
Curriculum links: Science
Students ‘work scientifically’ to find out how water is cleaned and made safe to drink, the source of common pollutants in water sources and their own personal impact on this, and establish which items commonly cause blockages in waste water drains.

Please note:
• Activities are designed for groups no larger than 35 students
• A maximum of three different sessions can be delivered in one day
• The same session can be repeated with different groups throughout the day or different sessions can run for the same group
• All activities can be accommodated in a large classroom but work better in a larger space such as a hall or learning support centre. Close access to a tap and sink is preferable, where possible
• An assembly can also be included within the day, either for the whole school or for the students involved in the activities.

Students will gain an understanding of how water resources are managed within the water industry. Depending on the choice of sessions, they will focus on either local and global water issues, water supply management, or river catchment management.

This programme consists of a maximum of three of the following sessions. This is either the same session repeated three times to three different groups, or all three sessions taught to a single group.

A. Local and Global Water Issues (1h – 1h30m)
Curriculum links: Geography, STEM, Citizenship
Students will consider the complexity of water related issues within a local and global context. Through a range of interactive activities, students will explore issues at a local and global level around physical and economic water scarcity, the challenges of transporting and cleaning water, the inequalities in access to safe water and water technology in the developing world. They will also learn practical ways they can reduce their personal water usage at home and at school.

B. The Water Supply Stress Test (1h – 1h30m)
Curriculum links: STEM, Geography, Citizenship
This activity allows students to consider the complexity of water related issues within a local and global context. They will take part in an interactive game to help them understand the impact that humans can have on their own water sources, the implications of demand and unpredictable rainfall patterns on a limited water supply and identify ways that everyone can play a part to help protect this precious natural resource.

C. River Catchment Debate (1h15m – 2h)
Curriculum links: Geography
Students will be introduced to the concept of river catchment management, land use and management techniques. This session is based on a real life scenario of land uses, stakeholders and conflicts on a site located within a river catchment. The session comprises of student-led research of the stakeholders involved. This leads into a decision making activity where the students present their stakeholder proposals and then discuss which is the most appropriate land use for the site.

Please note:
• Activities are designed for groups no larger than 35 students
• A maximum of three different sessions can be delivered in one day
• The same session can be repeated with different groups throughout the day or different sessions can run for the same group
• All activities can be accommodated in a large classroom but work better in a larger space such as a hall or learning support centre. Close access to a tap and sink is preferable, where possible
• An assembly can also be included within the day, either for the whole school or for the students involved in the activities.


To support our Water Saving Programme we offer free programmes to schools

Action H20 –The Science of Saving water! Interactive show 45 minutes

Affinity Water has teamed up with the wacky team from Mad Science to help children learn about the science of saving water in the home and why it’s so important. The Mad Science team visit your school with their interactive show, with fab experiments highlighting the importance of saving water! From a massive dry ice cloud hovering over the audience to a great toothpaste race, saving water has never been so much fun!

The show includes take home materials for each student as well as FREE teaching resources.

T:  01727 824700
E: actionh2show@gmail.com

Note: this programme is only available for schools in our Water Savings Programme area. Please contact the Mad Science Team quoting ‘Action H20’ to check if your school is eligible.

Watch the video below to learn more

Challenge: Water

A STEM based, water saving initiative for secondary schools.

Challenge: Water is a FREE secondary school programme that encourages young people to use their creativity and skills to develop innovative solutions to water issues in their area, as well as globally.

The KS3 programme, developed by WaterAid,  is delivered by Affinity Water.  It provides young people with the opportunity to collaborate and create innovative solutions to water efficiency, by developing a product and behavior change campaign, whilst competing against other schools. Past examples include, developing shower apps and creating a water saving toothbrush.

This opportunity has provided our students with a life changing opportunity and something to share in an interview situation with future colleges, universities and employers.”  Angela Manley, Onslow St Audrey’s

The ideal size of the group of students is 20 and is ideal for a STEM club. Students need to be able to meet between sessions delivered by Affinity Water.

When does it take place?

The programme runs the duration of the spring term in the 2017-18 academic year. The celebration and judging event takes place at the start of the summer term. Limited places are available now.

The Big Bang Fair Eastern

Projects can be entered into the Big Bang Eastern 2018. For more information visit: www.setpointherts.org.uk

For more information or to get involved:
Email: education@affinitywater.co.uk
Phone:  07801 677 002

Note: this programme is only available for schools in our Water Savings Programme area. Please contact us quoting ‘Challenge Water’ to check if your school is eligible.

Watch the video below to learn more

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