Primary school

We have a range of water education resources for primary teachers and educators.

These resources are free for non-commercial use in schools, environmental education centres and for other non-commercial educational groups.

Water experiments

Looking for some classroom fun. Check out our new experiment videos.

  • Make a simple water filter - Using everyday items discover what makes a good water filter and learn how Sydney's water is filtered so it is safe to drink.
  • Make a pH indicator - Did you know we do up to 70 tests on your drinking water to make sure it’s some of the best in the world. Here’s a fun experiment to test pH and find out if a substance is acidic, basic or neutral.
  • Keep wipes out of pipes - Did you know some people use the toilet like a bin? That’s a problem for your pipes and ours. Discover what breaks down and what doesn’t.
  • Make a cloud experiment - Have you ever looked in the sky and wondered how clouds are made? How did they get there? What are they made of? Try this experiment to see a part of the water cycle in action.
  • Water evaporation experiment - Have you ever seen water disappear in front of your eyes? How does this happen? Where does it go? Try this experiment and explore how water changes from liquid to gas.
  • Water cycle and terrarium experiment - Water doesn’t really disappear forever or magically appear as new water. How does it get in a cloud? Is rain new water?  Create your own mini earth and discover how water continuously recycles round and round.
     

 Primary resources

Early stage 1

How do we use water?

This lesson sequence involves students classifying water into home and school use, identifying where water is used in a typical day and understanding the need for a clean water supply, and to not waste water.

Young boy at water tank

Rainwater tanks are a great way to conserve water at school.

Stage 1

The urban water cycle

This lesson sequence involves students singing a song about how water gets to homes and schools, recognising parts of a basic managed water cycle and investigating school water devices.

Girls filling a bucket of water at a sink

Using water in the classroom is part of the urban water cycle.

Stage 2

Does your school have a purple tap?

This lesson involves students identifying purple taps that represent the availability of recycled water. Students will also learn about the uses of recycled water.

A purple recycled water tap next to a potable water tap

A purple tap means that recycled water is available at your school. 

Stage 3

The urban water cycle

This lesson involves students identifying the processes that make up the urban water cycle.

Students working in the classroom

Our Stage 3 resources help students learn about the natural and urban water cycles. 

Water games

Play these games from around the world to find out more about water and how important it is to all of us.

Have fun and learn about the fascinating water cycle with these games and activities.


Water cycle quiz (Earthguide)

Explore a water cycle diagram and test your knowledge about the water cycle in this interactive diagram.
 

Thirstin's water cycle (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

Explore the different parts of the water cycle with Thirstin the water cup.

Catchment Detox (ABC Science)

Find out just how hard it is to manage a river catchment with climate change, increased demand for water and environmental problems putting our rivers under stress. Are you up for the challenge?