Class-based lesson and field trip for pupils in years 5 to 8
Discover during the class-based lesson:
Depending on the duration of the class, your pupils will have the opportunity to learn about:
Your pupils will also have the opportunity to practice testing the turbidity, pH and nitrate levels present in water samples.
Investigate during the field trip:
Your pupils will have the chance to put theory to the test. They will measure and record the turbidity, pH and nitrate levels of their local waterway and identify the bugs living there. Once they return to the classroom, they can examine their results and make an assessment on the quality of the water in their waterway.
Frequently asked questions:
Will I need to provide anything for the lessons?
Please provide the following for the class lessons:
Please provide the following for the field trip:
What will I need to do before the field trip?
You will need to:
identify a freshwater stream, creek or stormwater pond within walking distance of your school
recruit adult helpers to accompany the children to the stream (please refer to your school policy on the correct ratio of adults to children)
carry out a risk management assessment
How long will the lessons last?
They will take approximately 1.5 hours although they can be adjusted to suit the school timetable.
Do I need to teach the children anything before the lessons?
How do the lessons link to the curriculum?
Please download the curriculum links.
Are there any posters or materials to support these lessons?
Yes, you will receive a set of posters for your class as well as background materials in electronic format.
You may also like to download the following resources:
20 Amazing Water Facts
20 More Water Facts
Water Conservation Tips
Water Pollution Facts Sheet 1A
Water Pollution Facts Sheet 2A
The Water Cycle
The Water Purification Process
Drips and Rainbows
Macroinvertebrate fact files
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 1 - Dobsonfly
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 2 - Flatworm
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 3 - Water Fleas
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 4 - Water Mites
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 5 - Cranefly
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 6 - Freshwater Shrimp
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 7 - Freshwater Limpet
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 8 - Mosquito Larva
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 9 - Amphipods
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 10 - Mayfly
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 11 - Rat-tail Maggot
Macroinvertebrate Fact File 12 - Leeches
Book a lesson with our experienced teacher Sally Smith. Please email her the information below at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on (09) 539 7316.
What is your name and phone number?
What is your school’s name and address?
How many classes in which year group(s) would like to receive lessons?
What lessons are each year group interested in? (e.g. drinking water lesson)
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.
Are there any days that do not suit? (e.g. assembly day or bible class day)
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.
Would you like our teacher to visit your school to brief staff in the term prior to the lessons? If so, please let us know what days would suit and which term you would like the visit.