Bletchley Park Primary School Waterwise Schools application (video transcript)

This is a text transcript for our video on Bletchley Park School and their Waterwise Application

Hi. My name is Katrina. I am the teacher at Bletchley Park Primary School that has been in charge of organising our Waterwise Application. In a moment I'm going to take you through a tour of some of our resources and activities that the teachers and students have done throughout the year.

Bletchley Park Primary School opened in 2008 with a very small number of students. In recent years it has grown rapidly and now has nearly 1000 students. It has two specialist science teachers who have been able to focus quite highly on the science of water.

The school has a strong sustainability and environmental focus. We've designed student learning areas to reflect this. We have an amazing sensory garden, a number of edible gardens planted by the students, and a chook yard with a variety of chickens that students can interact with and collect eggs for our canteen.

Bletchley Park is surrounded by man-made waterways and a few natural waterways that have survived development. We believe it is important to help educate the community in the care of these waters. We have displayed posters around the school, announced waterwise tips during assembly and informed the parents about Bletchley Park’s waterwise activities on the school website.

During the construction of the school, concrete water drops and water panels were placed around the school to show the water cycle and the use of water, making people more aware of how they use their water.

In pre-primary, we learnt about the weather. We learnt that rain is water and puddles are water.

In year 1, we learnt about the water cycle. We drew pictures and learnt how to save water. We explored how some things can float or sink. We made mixtures with water.

The students in year 2 classes had a whole term investigating water as a natural resource of the earth. We made models of erosion. We made a water cycle spinner and investigated diluting liquids. We did a water walk around the school and learnt how to save water.

Year 3 students have investigated how water is used and how humans can better save water. Year 3 also investigated the properties of water, exploring diluting and dissolving, water pressure and surface tension. We also looked at the ocean as a water habitat. We have designed frog ponds and researched frogs we can find in our school.

Year 4 students designed a water board game that taught the players how to save water. Many classes also investigated animals that live in water and the features of water environments such as the ocean, swamps and rivers.

Across the year 5 students, water education was integrated into literacy and numeracy lessons. We did water poetry, instructional texts on water-saving and maths investigations using statistics to graph the use of water at our school.

Year 6 and 7 students work in combined classes. We also integrated water education into our literacy and numeracy lessons. We created brain maps on water-saving and wrote texts on protecting waterways. We researched and graphed information on water use across the school.

During National Science Week, students participated in two water-related contests. For the Premier's Marine Emblem Contest, students had to research a WA marine animal and put forward an argument why it should be selected as the WA emblem.

For the Rivers Regional Council Calendar Contest, students had to produce a poster advertising protection of the waterways. This resulted in one of our students being published in the 2014 calendar.

For National Water Week, the school wanted to make the students more aware of the water that was wasted at drinking fountains. All year students, from pre-primary to year 7, participated in an investigation where they had to find out how much water was used while having an average drink from the drinking fountain. They then calculated how much water this equated to for one student a day, for a week, for a term, even for a whole year and then times’d it by all the number of students at our school.

Some chose even to compare the water usage with having a drink bottle, while others included the wasted water from washing hands and flushing toilets. The results were published on the school’s website.

Thank you for watching our Waterwise Proposal. I hope you have enjoyed seeing the work that the students have done as much as we’ve enjoyed participating in the investigations. Thank you.