Nafferton Primary school from East Yorkshire has been crowned winner of our UK Water Explorer awards which took place in London’s Canary Wharf last week. Water Explorer is Global Action Plan's school and youth-group based environmental education project, supported by the HSBC Water Programme. It aims to highlight the importance of water conservation on a global level.

Nafferton Primary school’s award winning entry activity saw them complete a raft of Challenges including creating raps, a play and conducting a fresh water watch. They also hosted a Water Festival assembly showcasing all that they had done which attracted over 100 parents and family members and held an exciting recycled fashion catwalk show. Their position at the top of the UK leaders points board has now secured them a place in the international competition to be held on October 25th.

Luke Wynne, Global Action Plan Head of Schools, said: “The judges were so impressed with the enthusiasm, creativity and commitment of the five finalist schools this year that it made deciding on a winner a really difficult job. However, in the end Nafferton won out thanks to the variety and quality of their activities that so clearly embodied the values and teachings of Water Explorer.”

Water Explorer is a free, fully-resourced online programme for schools and youth groups and sets a range of water-based challenges for 8-14 year olds. It offers innovative and energising learning opportunities for young people, helping them to understand how to reduce their own water footprint and help others to do the same.

“The best thing about water explorer is learning how precious water is.” said Niamh, a Nafferton pupil on the day.

Speaking about their project, teacher, Tracy Guild commented: “The children have really taken the key water-saving message of the Water Explorer programme to heart. It has been lovely to see how enthusiastically they thought of exciting new ways to reduce their own water use and spread the message throughout the community.“

Nafferton Primary School competed against 317 other teams to gain their place in the UK finals, where on Wednesday 28th September they presented their project to a panel of expert judges including those from GAP, Eco-schools, STEM Learning and HSBC.

The other four UK finalists in this year’s Water Explorer Awards were:
1. Netherseal St. Peter’s Primary School – East Midlands
2. Applemore Technology College = Hampshire
3. St Bishops Stopford - Hertfordshire
4. Calthorpe Park - Hampshire

Across the 11 countries where the Water Explorer programme is delivered, children learn about;
1. Precious Water – How do we save those drips, leaks and flushes?
2. Fresher Water – Would you drink from your local lake?
3. Secret Water – Do you know how much water it takes to make a cup of tea?
4. Global Water – How far would you walk for a glass of water?

By the end of the first two years of the programme (August 2016), Water Explorer had resulted in the following (among other) benefits:
• 1,800 schools/groups with Water Explorer teams
• 99,000 actions taken by Water Explorers
• 400,000 students, teachers and communities reached by Water Explorers spreading their water conservation message
• 1.7m m3 water saved = 680 Olympic swimming pools

Water Explorer continues to run for another year and groups of interested children, teachers and leaders from schools, scouts and brownies across the UK are invited to register to take part.

Check out the Water Explorer website or follow Water Explorer on twitter or Facebook