On World Water Day 22nd March, Portsmouth Water launched their new education website and offering to local schools.
Portsmouth Water’s education programme, “Water is Life”, has been designed working alongside TeachTalkLearn, an education specialist company, and in partnership with the Staunton Farm Education Team.
The programme will be delivered as part of regular school visits to Staunton Farm. Every schoolchild on an educational visit to Staunton Farm will be given information on how to be a good citizen and how this relates to looking after the valuable resource of water.
Alongside the education programme, which will be delivered by the Staunton Education team, will be a website full of resources and activities for all Early Years Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 children to enjoy, both in the classroom and at home. This includes “Blue Peter” style videos of how to carry out simple experiments about water – all using items easily found in the home.
The activities are designed to be easily understood for pre-school and primary aged children, with supporting information for adults and parents so they can engage in the learning together. This is the underlying principle of the “Water is Life” education programme of “everybody’s learning together”.
Ian Limb, Head of HR at Portsmouth Water, said on the launch “I am delighted that we have built on our longstanding education partnership we have with Staunton and have put together, with TeachTalkLearn, a programme designed to support children in their learning all about our precious resource - water.
Vicky Howard, Director at TeachTalkLearn, “Our ethos is to get children learning by engaging in everyday activities and this was a perfect partnership with Portsmouth Water and Staunton Farm to put this into practice into a bespoke education programme to be enjoyed by school visits to the park or simply by utilising the resources on the website”.
Abi Peett, Education Officer at Staunton Farm, “We were involved with TeachTalkLearn as part of our partnership with Portsmouth Water and I am really looking forward to delivering the “Water is Life” programme. It is important that every child that attends a school visit leaves understanding the importance of water and the impact it has on us all”