Learn

Providing learning and outreach opportunities for the whole community – Reconnecting people with water’s journey from source to tap

Learning

The Erne and Derg river systems are excellent places to learn about our precious freshwater environment and the wonderful wildlife that lives all around us.

We can deliver learning in schools and community groups, please get in touch to discuss your requirements using the contact form below.

The Education Programme

The Source to Tap Education Programme is targeted at the UK’s National Curriculum Key Stage 1 & 2 and Ireland’s Primary School Curriculum (1999) – Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) topics. Our aim is to provide learning opportunities that educates children about water’s journey from source to tap and how our use of water impact on its quality along the way.

Our education programme offers 5 different units:

Unit 1: Where does our water come from?
Pupils will learn about water and the water cycle and get the opportunity to create their own water cycle as a class.

Unit 2: How are our rivers formed?
In this unit pupils will learn about what a river is, how rivers are formed and the journey it makes. Pupils will also learn about catchments and about the Erne and Derg catchments that they live within.

Unit 3: What lives in our rivers?
Pupils will learn about the wildlife found in our rivers and learn about our riverbank habitats and learn about how food webs operate in these habitats.

Unit 4: How do rivers get polluted?
In this unit pupils will learn about pollution, the signs of pollution, pollution by agriculture. Pupils get to learn how to measure water quality and learn how it can affect river invertebrates.

Unit 5: How does water get from our rivers to our taps?
In this unit, pupils will gain an insight into the process of how our water is treated before it can be sent to our taps for drinking. The pupils will make their own Water Treatment Plant enabling them to see how water is treated before it is safe to drink.

Each unit (or a combination of units of your choice) will be delivered, in your school, by the Project Officers through a combination of short talks and hands-on experiments and activities. Each unit lasts approximately 1 hour. Each session is supported by an activity booklet which each child will be able to keep afterwards.

If your school would be interested in booking one of our educational visits. or if you would like to discuss it further. please contact us using the form below.

Outreach

We are happy to provide lectures and talks to suit you and your group’s needs. These can be delivered at a location and time of your choice, be this at your regular meeting place or a public venue.

Contact our Project Officers to talk about your requirements and to book a talk by using the form below.

Throughout the project we will be organising a series of public events and appearing at agricultural shows, community events and in public spaces around the project area. To find out about our next event which you may like to come along to visit our Events page.

Get in touch to find out more and book your learning experience

If you would like to learn more about our Learning and Outreach Programme or book one of our Project Officers to give a talk to your school or group, please use the form below to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.




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