NI Water’s travelling classroom, the Waterbus, recently paid a visit to Abbots Cross Primary School in Newtownabbey.
During the visit, the children were introduced to H20, a water drop figure and mascot for the programme, to help them learn about water and to understand the importance of water conservation. The children also learnt what can and can’t be put down the toilet through a ‘bag it and bin it’ activity, what NI Water does to clean the water and how sewage is treated.
The programme is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils and is designed to complement a key element of the Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum - the ‘World Around Us’.
NI Water’s Environmental Education Manager, Jane Jackson said: “NI Water places great importance on educating young people in the vital role water plays in our lives. The Waterbus is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about the water cycle, why water is essential for good health and how they can help to conserve this precious resource.
“The Waterbus is very popular with schools and we are delighted with the reputation it has come to have. It goes to prove that the work we do on it is of value to today’s pupils and our future generations of water users.”
A teachers’ learning pack, complete with classroom activities, is available to download from www.niwater.com/education