Learn how to be waterwise at one of Christchurch's pumping stations.
Students investigate the importance of valuing water as a precious resource, compare water use around the world, and take a tour of the pumping station. Students can continue their learning at school with a Christchurch City Council water diary and mathematical challenge.
|Year level||5 to 8|
|Curriculum level||2 to 5|
|Length||2.5 hours (morning), 2.25 hours (afternoon)|
|Site||Main Water Pumping Station (Colombo Street)|
|Number of students||Maximum of 35|
Water conservation and preservation, personal responsibility for action, the water cycle, aquifers, local freshwater systems.
From the aquifers through to our taps, students will discover how Christchurch residents access some of the world’s best water. During a visit to the water pumping station, students will compare Christchurch’s water usage with the rest of the world to see how much we waste. They will tour the pumping station to see the big water tank, water pumps and the old control room.
The programme winds up with a range of problem-solving and reinforcement activities.
Students may be able to:
|Learning area||Strands||Curriculum level||Achievement objectives|
|Science||Nature of science||1 to 4||
|Science||Planet Earth and beyond||2 to 4||
|Technology||Nature of technology||2 to 4||
|Health and physical education||Personal health and phyisical development||2 to 5||
|Health and physical education||Healthy communities and environments||4||
“The educators were knowledgeable and related well to children. Excellent content and sequence of activities – well balanced and interesting. Snakes and ladders excellent conclusion. Kids loved it!” – Teacher, Year 8
“We are so lucky with our pure water but we take it for granted and if we keep using our water as we are now, sea water will enter our aquifers because there won't be enough pressure and then we will have to use chemicals to purify our drinking water. We need to start saving water” – Student, Year 7