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Stormwater and wastewater lesson

Class-based lesson for new entrants through to year 8 pupils


Your pupils will have the opportunity to discover the difference between stormwater and wastewater. They will find out what happens when the wrong things go down the drain and learn what they can do at home and school to improve their environment.


During an outdoor activity, your pupils have the chance to work collaboratively to make a terrain with lakes and rivers. This hands-on activity will consolidate what they learned in class about the journey water makes from the lakes, down rivers and to the sea.

Frequently asked questions:

Will I need to provide anything for this lesson?

Yes, please provide the following:

  • whiteboard and marker pens
  • access to a stormwater drain with a water tap nearby


How long does the lesson last?

It will take approximately 1.5 hours although it can be adjusted to suit the school timetable.

Do I need to teach the children anything before the lesson?


How does the lesson link to the New Zealand curriculum?

Please download the curriculum links.

Are there any posters or materials to support this lesson?

Yes, you will receive a set of posters for your class as well as background materials in electronic format.


Book a lesson with our experienced teacher Sally Smith. Please email her the information below at ssmith@water.co.nz or phone her on (09) 539 7316.

  1. What is your name and phone number?
  2. What is your school’s name and address?
  3. How many classes in which year group(s) would like to receive lessons?
  4. What lessons are each year group interested in? (e.g. drinking water lesson)
  5. What week(s) would you like to receive lessons? If you are interested in the water quality or bugs lessons, please let us know what week(s) you would like to receive the class-based lessons and what week(s) you would like to take the field trips.
  6. Are there any days that do not suit? (e.g. assembly day or bible class day)
  7. What is your school’s daily timetable? Please let us know the start and finish times of lessons as well as the morning tea and lunch breaks times.