Water is vital to life. Whether we are drinking it, washing our clothes in it or swimming in it, we can’t live without it. 

From the water cycle to how to filter water, this page holds resources, information notes and activity plans which allow learners of all ages to gain knowledge about all aspects of this important natural resource. 

Water cycle Tai Chi

Combining relaxation and flowing movements, our Water Cycle Tai Chi activity demonstrates how the water cycle is the process by which water moves from the land to the sky and back again.

Water cycle Tai Chi (activity plan)

Understanding river systems

Every river has its own character and shape but all river systems share many basic features.  Our ‘Understanding river systems’ activity provides opportunities for learners to explore river processes and landforms. From levees to oxbow lakes, your learners will soon be able to identify these features, will understand how they form and will be fluid in river system vocabulary. 

Activity plan – Understanding a river system
Resource cards - Understanding a river system
Diagram – A river system
Diagram with answers – A river system

Want clean water? Soils, in particular peat soils, are nature’s natural filter

Discover how peat and different soils help to retain and naturally filter water and have a go at making your own water filter with our ‘Peat is Neat’ water filtering challenge.

Peat is neat water filtering challenge (activity plan)
Peat is neat water filtering challenge (worksheet)

Water pollution – focus on problem pollutants

From raw sewage to agricultural waste, if not managed and stored correctly, these pollutants can pollute our watercourses and have a negative effect on wildlife and water quality. Find out which is the worst pollutant and make your own fake samples with our activity plan and resource cards.

Problem pollutants (activity plan)
Problem pollutants (resource cards)

Problem pollutants glossary game

Don’t know your brewer’s effluent from your silage effluent? (other polluting culprits are available). We’ve devised a game to help you get active and get to grips with the vocabulary.

Problem pollutants glossary game (activity plan)
Problem pollutants glossary game (resource cards) 

Impacts of dry weather

Ever wondered what types drought we receive in the UK and what impacts they have on the natural environment?  DRY: Diary of a Water Superhero is a book which has been Created by the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience at the University of the West of England Bristol (UWE) and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It encourages discussion on how we can prepare for periods of dry weather and what we can do on an individual basis to save water. 

NRW has been a member of the DRY (Drought Risk and You) project at UK level and involved with catchment work for Ebbw. More information about the project can be found at http://dryproject.co.uk/

Storybook - Dry: Diary of a Water Superhero
Teachers notes - Dry: Diary of a Water Superhero

Dissolved oxygen in water

Dissolved oxygen is a measure of the amount of oxygen that is dissolved in water. This information note explores why it’s important, how it gets into water and investigates what factors can influence levels of dissolved oxygen.

Dissolved oxygen (information note)

Turbidity of water

Turbidity is a measurement of how cloudy, dirty or murky a body of water is. Find out why it’s important and make your own homemade turbidity meter to find out what the turbidity levels are in your water source.

Turbidity of water (information note)
Measuring the turbidity of water (activity plan)
Resource card - Measuring the turbidity of water (resource card)

What is water quality?

Poor-quality drinking and bathing water can pose risks to human health and ecosystems. This information note defines what water quality is and describes the different types of water pollution that can contaminate our water supply.

Water quality (information note)

Information note – Water quality

For further information about water quality please visit our Water Quality page:

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