Water, Dams & Reservoirs

Water Water Everywhere.... A tour of the Valley

A guided tour around the Elan Valley dams and reservoirs. This activity is suitable for all ages as the tour can be adapted to fit the requirements of a variety of topics.

Please note: Teachers of Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupils should be aware that a fair amount of travel time is involved, and visiting inside the dam is not suitable for under sevens.

Tours of the Valley can include any of the following (please specify when booking):-

** Dams, rivers and reservoirs as a water resource
** A walk through the inside of a dam!
** The history of the valley, brought alive with old photos
** Man's impact on the environment
** Hydro-electric power
** Management of woodlands as a sustainable resource
** Environmentally protected areas
** Tourism
** Upland hill farming
** Conflicts and demands of land use and dam construction - an ideal case study
  • Duration of activity: half a day
  • Age range: KS2 upwards (see note for KS1)
  • Maximum number of pupils:1 coach or up to 3 minibuses
  • Curriculum links: Sc1, Sc3, G, H, T
  • Time of year: all year

Use of your own transport will be required for this activity

A Walk in the Valley

Walks can be designed around a particular theme if required and can be of varying lengths. Typical locations could include the old railway line (which follows a route alongside the dams and reservoirs), Nant y Gro Dam (which was blown up in the early trials of Barnes Wallis' bouncing bomb) or woodland walks.

The group can be led by the Environmental Education Ranger, or alternatively guide sheets can be designed on request for teachers to lead their own walk with their class. Places of interest and other information are included as well as activities (such as sketching) for the pupils.

  • Duration of activity: usually half a day
  • Age range: all Key Stages
  • Maximum number of pupils:30 - 60 (depending on walk location)
  • Curriculum links: Sc1, Sc2, Sc3, G, H, T, A (depending on activities chosen)
  • Time of year: all year

Use of your own transport may be required for this activity

The Water Cycle

Learn about the importance of water and its many uses in our everyday lives, identify the different stages of the water cycle and draw your own water cycle picture!

This is an indoor activity based at the Visitor Centre, using various displays. It is possible to also include a walk to see a dam and reservoir to learn about water storage and supply.

  • Duration of activity: up to half a day
  • Age range: KS1 and 2
  • Maximum number of pupils: 20-25
  • Curriculum links: Sc1, Sc3, G
  • Time of year: all year
     

Water Efficiency (also available as Outreach in your school!)

Are you a water saver or a water waster? Water covers 70% of the earth's surface, yet it is in short supply in many parts of the world, including the UK in some years.

That's why it is essential that we make the most of water and do not take it for granted! Learn how much water we waste and what simple changes you can make to help you to become more water wise.

  • Duration of activity: up to half a day
  • Age range: KS2
  • Maximum number of pupils: 20-25
  • Curriculum links: Sc1, G, M
  • Time of year: all year