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Incursions and presentations

Organise a free classroom incursion or presentation to learn about Melbourne's water supply and sewage treatment processes.

Aimed at primary aged students from Prep to Year 6, our classroom presentations allow students to learn about a range of water related topics, including:

  • Melbourne’s water supply
  • Melbourne’s sewerage system
  • Water cycle
  • Water conservation
  • Environmental and health benefits of drinking tap water
  • Effects of dehydration of the body

They can be used to introduce water as a topic or to consolidate previous learning. The free school incursions can be tailored to your needs, with presentations for different age groups and water topics.

Presentations are only available to schools within the Yarra Valley Water district with a limit of three presentations per school, per year.

Prep to Grade 3 - The Big Book About Water (45 - 60 minutes)

Ideal audience size per presentation: 30-80 students*

The Big Book About Water presentation opens with a fun, theatrical performance which demonstrates the water cycle. This is followed by an engaging reading of the Big Book About Water which involves students acting out different types of precipitation, producing condensation, and counting the number of buckets filled by a leaking tap.  The bright, colourful drawings and the sheer size of the book will keep younger students engaged, as well as provide the opportunity to explore the toolbox of water saving items.

Primary - Choose Tap: Better for your health & the environment (45 - 60 minutes)

Ideal audience size per presentation: 25-35 students

This fun and engaging activity will get students up and moving as they learn about all about water. Students are first introduced to the story of “Smell-bourne” (Melbourne’s nickname in the 1880s) which covers the development of Melbourne’s sewerage system and closed catchment water supply through an interactive song and presentation. This is followed by a presentation of a tub containing the average amount of water in a child’s body to demonstrate the effects of dehydration on different parts of the body. The incursion concludes with an interactive rap song to recap the importance of hydration. Check out the clip.

Grades 4-6 - All About Water (45 -60 minutes)

Ideal audience size per presentation: 30-80 students*

This presentation will get students thinking about the value of water to not only their lives, but for all living things. It opens by involving student volunteers to help show how water first comes to the earth and how evaporation produces fresh water from our salty seas. Thereafter, students are presented with the story of “Smell-bourne” (Melbourne’s nickname in the 1880s) and how healthier and more pleasant our city has become since the sewerage system was built. The story then moves on to Melbourne's closed catchment water supply before examining how water is used in the home and how it can be used more wisely. Extra themes and content can be included on request.

* up to 100 students is acceptable if space is appropriate.

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