Thames Water's Water Counts initiative is a programme of activities that support cross-curricular problem solving as recommended by the National Numeracy Strategy and Maths Year 2000.
The aim is to help pupils to practise their maths skills in real-life situations, whilst also developing their awareness of water as an important natural resource.
The Water Counts project has been developed by Thames Water in a unique partnership with Reading Borough Council, Central Berkshire EBP, Reading Learning Network, The Reading Oracle Shopping Centre and WaterAid. The beneficiaries of the programme are parents, teachers and all 1,700 Year 5 students in the 33 Primary schools in the Reading area.
The programme, which was launched on the 5th June 2000 by children's TV presenter Johnny Ball,comprises a variety of maths activities and multi-media materials being offered to schools in the area. The pupils will also have the opportunity to visit the company's Fobney water treatment works as part of a series of open days. These visits will include the children following a maths trail around the site and having to do mental arithmetic to advance around a giant snakes and ladders board game. Water Counts also includes a Parents and Public Day, where pupils will be able to take their parents to visit the Thames Water Waterwise Home at the Oracle shopping centre in Reading.
A wide variety of resources have been produced to support the project.
For further details on Thames Waters Water Counts Programme contact Education Liaison Officer, Sally Howard on 0118 957 7686