Water Wise Schools
We teamed up with the Children’s Food Trust to run the Wise up with Water Challenge for schools.
We were really impressed with schools #waterwise ideas to encourage children to choose drinking water, as part of our Wise up With Water Challenge with the Children’s Food Trust.
Here are some of the ideas from schools that were highly commended by the judges:
The winning school – Bolton-by-Bowland CE Primary School’s key stage 2 children came up with ideas for the challenge that could be implemented across the school to encourage everyone to drink water. Their ideas included:
- Creating posters and sending home newsletters to highlight the importance of drinking water
- Nominating a pupil to be the ‘water champion’ for drinking lots of water and challenging the other children to keep up with him/her
- Replacing water labels with sticky labels saying ‘drink me’ to encourage the pupils to drink water.
The children in year three at St Aloysius Catholic Junior School, London had a fantastic, creative idea for their challenge. They collected all the empty water bottles that they’d drunk and made a model of a man from the bottles, which the children named ‘Hydro Man’. They campaigned around the school with posters, getting children to complete a survey they’d designed to measure how much water their class mates drank before and after the challenge. Hydro Man was placed in a prominent place in the school to remind the children to drink water.
Wylye Coyotes Afterschool Club in Codford, Wiltshire made a score board and recorded how much water each child drank every day for a month. The 25 children, (ranging from pre-school to year six) also decorated their water bottles. Not only did they show artistic flair, they also put the left over water bottles to great use and developed their green fingers. They used the empty bottles to make a mini greenhouse to put over the raised beds in their garden – used to grow crops through the winter.
The whole of Hill View Primary in Banbury took on the Wise up with Water Challenge. With special #waterwise assemblies and lessons that included work on the water cycle, water as a healthy drink, and exploring the sugar content of drinks, to name just a few topics. The staff did a pre and post ‘teaching tally’ and found three times more water was drunk after the lessons.
At Cavendish High Academy, a special school in Runcorn, the children got creative for their challenge and made models out of their used water bottles. The fun and interactive sessions were a real team effort and went alongside discussions around the health benefits of drinking water.
Wise up with Water resource
Wise up with Water is free to access and the resources will be available throughout the 2015 academic year. Materials are available to all primary school teachers and families across the UK, and include curriculum-based lesson plans designed to creatively educate children on the role of water in the body and healthy hydration.
To download the resources please visit: www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk
How Do Plants Drink experiment
Click here to download a guide to the “How do Plants Drinks” experiment from Stefan Gates’ Wacky Water Workshop:
For more information about hydration for children see our Hydration and water facts for kids web page.
About the Children’s Food Trust
The Children’s Food Trust protects every child’s right to nutritious food. It carries out work in these core areas.
- The Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking programme comprises the nation’s biggest network of healthy cooking clubs, involving a diverse range of participants across hundreds of local communities. It drives sustained changes in participants’ choices for healthier eating.
- The Trust’s work to improve school food has helped reverse decades of decline in school meal take up and drive up standards. It was pivotal in developing the revised school food standards launched in January 2015 and it supports schools and caterers in practical solutions to provide universal infant free school meals.
- The Trust produced the first national guidelines for food and drink in early years settings. Its Eat Better, Start Better programme, has trained more than 1,300 practitioners, delivered more than 1,500 healthy cooking sessions, and engaged over 12,700 parents and carers in how to provide healthy food for young children. www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk.