PUPILS from St Anthony’s Primary School recently became nature detectives with NI Water during a visit to the Silent Valley reservoir in Co Down.
During the study trip to the beauty spot, the children learned why the site was chosen to become one of the most important water supplies in Northern Ireland.
NI Water’s Environmental Education Manager, Jane Jackson explained: “NI Water places great importance on educating young people in the vital role water plays in our lives. Bringing the children to Silent Valley makes the learning experience much more powerful as all the activity is very ‘hands on’.
“The programme allows children to learn about the history of the site and examine how its structure has influenced the natural landscape of the area. On their exploratory travels children will also have the opportunity to observe the resident wildlife in their natural environment and investigate contrasting habitats and native flora and fauna.
“With our visitors centre recently refurbished, the children will experience what life was like in water town for the people who built the reservoir.”
The site visit is part of NI Water’s educational programme, aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 and covers a key element of Northern Ireland’s Primary Curriculum - ‘World Around Us’, which includes ‘Interdependence’, ‘Place’ and ‘Change Over Time’.