Cleaning water learning journey

A photo view of a water treatment works

The Cleaning water learning journey is for learning and teaching about the chemistry of cleaning water in the context of a water treatment plant. 

It develops knowledge and understanding and skills relating to separating mixtures into their components using physical methods.

In this journey, learners build up knowledge and skills through a curriculum focus in sciences. The lesson ideas allow them to see the purpose and relevance of learning about cleaning water and how that knowledge is applied in the world of work. Learners could then apply these skills to an engineering challenge where they are asked to design and explain processes relating to cleaning and moving water for a community from a developing country who do not have access to a clean, safe supply. This learning journey would create opportunities to work with other departments such as technologies.

There are rich opportunities to work with partners in this journey by inviting someone from Scottish Water in to help learners gain insights into the world of work or from a charity to help develop their understanding of some of the issues surrounding access to a clean, safe water supply.

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Experiences and outcomes explored

Sciences > Materials > Properties and uses of substances > SCN 3-16a
I can differentiate between pure substances and mixtures in common use and can select appropriate physical methods for separating mixtures into their components.

Languages > Literacy and English > Listening and talking > Finding and using information > LIT 3-06a
I can independently select ideas and relevant information for different purposes, organise essential information or ideas and any supporting detail in a logical order, and use suitable vocabulary to communicate effectively with my audience.

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    Supporting resources for the lesson ideas in the Cleaning water learning journey.

  • Water for a community

    An engineering challenge to help a community in a developing country to get a clean, safe water supply by working with the local community and using sustainable, affordable technologies.