We offer fun, engaging, hands-on sessions for primary and intermediate students.

Schools across Auckland are making the most of our free education programme and learning about water, wastewater and their local environment.

Pupils can enjoy our programme through a lively afternoon with our experienced teacher, or we can provide you with a range of comprehensive teaching resources including our ever-popular DIY Freshwater Detectives™ kit.

By giving students a deeper understanding of water quality and how to protect their waterways, we give children the tools and knowledge they need to become proactive community members when it comes to conserving water and improving our environment. They become our smallest water guardians and often make positive change happen in their home too.

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Our in-demand education coordinator, Sarah Slater, can introduce your class to the wonders of water. All lessons are designed with the key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum in mind and ensure that your students will have an interactive, fun and valuable experience.

Watercare's Education Programme Co-ordinator Sarah Slater assembles Freshwater Detectives Kit.

Email Sarah for more information.

education@water.co.nz

In your email, please include some basic information about your school and which lessons your year group (or wider school) might be interested in.

Check out our range of exciting lessons

These resources can be successfully integrated into teachers' lessons to encourage students to be Water Guardians in a local, national and global sense. While water-focused, they discover ideas and foster a connection to the wider environment, science, and social and community based action.

Lesson 1 ~ Water quality

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Lesson 1 ~ Water quality

Students will learn about the water cycle, how streams become polluted and how to identify freshwater bugs.

See how this lesson relates to the New Zealand Curriculum here.

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Lesson 2 ~ Drinking water

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Lesson 2 ~ Drinking water

Students will learn where their water comes from, how it gets to their homes and school, and how much is needed to do common daily activities.

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Lesson 3 ~ Water Conservation

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Lesson 3 ~ Water Conservation

Students will learn about droughts, how to measure rainfall and how they can make changes to save water at home and at school. 

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Lesson 4 ~ Wastewater

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Lesson 4 ~ Wastewater

Wastewater isn’t the most appealing thing to talk about, but it is vital that our entire community understands the wastewater process. Students will get an insight into the fundamentals of wastewater including what it is, how it's treated and how it's disposed of.

See how this lesson relates to the New Zealand Curriculum here.

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Lesson 5 ~ Stormwater and wastewater

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Lesson 5 ~ Stormwater and wastewater

Another hands-on lesson where students work collaboratively outdoors. They will learn the differences between stormwater and wastewater, what causes overflows and what they can do to improve their local environment.

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Lesson 6 ~ Bugs

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Lesson 6 ~ Bugs

This fun, hands-on lesson with education coordinator, Sarah Slater, is always a hit. Students gain an understanding of how water quality and bugs go hand-in-hand!

See how this lesson relates to the New Zealand Curriculum here.


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Lesson 7 ~ Water cycle

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Lesson 7 ~ Water cycle

All school students learn about the water cycle at some point, but we like to teach it in an experiential and memorable way. This lesson covers the three states of water - solid, liquid and gas - and how they relate to the water cycle.

See how this lesson relates to the New Zealand Curriculum here.

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Lesson 8 ~ Wastewater soup

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Lesson 8 ~ Wastewater soup

Students learn about wastewater - what it is, how it's treated today and how we used to treat it.

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Support materials

With each lesson, you will receive relevant support posters for your class, as well as background materials in electronic format. You may also like to download some of our other posters and fact sheets for your classroom here!