Year 4 Anglian Water Visit


Today, in Year 4 we have had such an informative day, learning from someone who works for Anglian Water!
We started the day off learning all about where our water comes from, looking again at the Water Cycle from last term and using all the scientific terminology to help our explanations…

As the morning went on, we became water quality scientists! Looking at a range of liquids in six cups, we had to decide whether they were clean or not. First, we had to look at them carefully, then with our eyes closed we had to give them a smell… and then we had to make our decision about what they could have been, were they water, and were they clean. This was a lot of fun! And we were pretty good at guessing what the liquids were!

To finish the morning off, we looked at ways that as a school or our families could use less water and not waste as much. Some ideas we had were:
– If you like cold drinks, don’t wait for the tap to run cold water, instead fill your glass and put it in the fridge.
– If you like baths, just use a bit less water! It could save a lot!
– If you like showers, try speeding up and use less water!
– When you wash your hands or do the washing up, rather than running the tap constantly use a bowl or a plug.
– When you brush your teeth, when you aren’t using the water don’t keep the tap running.
These were just a few of our ideas! Can you think of anymore?

In the afternoon, we started to look at sewers and really having a think about what is flushable and what isn’t. To do this we even had a go at putting different things into water and creating our own sewer. First, we made the predictions and then tested it out! We looked at a range of items including cooking oil, tea, baking powder, cereal, toilet paper and wipes. It was fascinating to see what happened to all of these things in water and learn about what happens in the sewer system! It made us all very aware of our actions!
We learnt in the end though that anything is only flushable if it does any of the three “d”s!
These are
– dilute
– dissolve
– disintegrate
If it doesn’t it shouldn’t be flushed!

Over the day we learnt how as a community, we borrow water, use it, clean it and return it to nature ready to start its cycle again!
It has been such an informative and interesting day! We learnt a lot that hopefully we can share with you too!