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The Bristol Water Foundation is doing its bit to help families across the region with the challenges of homeschooling by providing a range of water-related resources linked to the national curriculum.

“During the first lockdown, we got to thinking about homeschooling and how to make it fun,” said Sharna Smith, self-appointed Water Professor at Bristol Water. “With the help of real teachers, pupils, subject experts and graphic designers, we’ve developed an awesome new resource hub!

“And this is just the start. There’s also a mind-blowing range of worksheets and experiments about cleaning and distributing water available at the turn of a tap whenever you need it, as well as environmental issues such as plastic waste and water! We’ll be working on making resources not only for KS2 going forwards, but adults alike.

“For example, we’d encourage you all to try a navy shower which emulates what navy sergeants did at sea to save the limited water on the ship. It involves turning the shower off while you shampoo and clean.”

One of the worksheets, meanwhile, offers a fun timeline of Bristol’s water supply in relation to historical events, including the sinking of the Titanic, the world wars and even when Bristol Zoo opened.

Roo from St George’s Primary School in Bristol learning about hydration from a worksheet from the Bristol Water Foundation

Local children’s book author Michelle Cassar, commented, “This stunning interactive hub for kids will inspire everyone who sees it (not just kids!) to get involved in learning about protecting our life force – water – on our blue planet.”

Bristol Water will also be working with over 30 local organisations this year to help young people prepare for the world of work. This includes pupils from the region’s schools, universities and youth groups. As part of this initiative, a special mentoring scheme has been set up by the company to benefit those from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Bristol Water Foundation can be accessed here