Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students bring all their investigations together and build a proposed water policy for their school. If the school has a water policy they review the policy and report on how effective it is and what amendments are required.

Learning goals:

  • Students develop a draft policy that will lead to the school using less water.
  • Students produce a communication tool to present the draft policy.
  • Students identify how the school can solve water related issues that is part of all of society’s responsibility.
  • Students provide evidence of the existing problems.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Science

  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)
  • Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluate claims (ACSIS132)

Year 7 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)

Year 8 Science

  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)
  • Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluateclaims (ACSIS234)

Year 8 English

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-9WS, SC4-8WSEN4-4B

Topic: Water

Year levels: 7 and 8

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 60 + mins

Learning areas addressed: Science, Geography, Health and physical education.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead discussion.

Resources required: Computer equipment.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Schools require policies so the school community knows what they need to do and what is happening. Policies help plan for the future and produce cultural changes within schools.

Some schools will have water policies. This may be part of a sustainability program. If the school already has a water policy, students can review the policy, find out how effective it has been and make new recommendations.

If the school does not have a water policy, the can develop a draft policy that can be presented to the appropriate school leadership team or school council.


Find out:

  • If the school has a water policy.
  • Who in the school community is responsible for any water issues.
  • If the school has a policy on students drinking water eg sharing water bottles.
  • How old the toilet cistern are and how much trouble they cause.
  • What process the school has to get a plumber to fix plumbing.
  • If the school have a plumbing budget.
  • How the garden, lawns and sport fields are
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