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Water resources for Primary Science students and Teachers

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Launched to support Terrific Scientific, a new BBC schools initiative, our water fact sheets have two versions - one for primary school students aged 9-11, and one for teachers, older students and anyone else.

Water Hardness

Have you ever noticed that tap water tastes different depending on where you are? Have you ever seen a white coating inside your kettle or the shower head, or found that the shower gel won’t lather up? All these effects are caused by differences in the ‘hardness’ of the water. 

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Download the fact sheet for Primary School students

Download the fact sheet for teachers


Groundwater

Water hidden underground is vital to our supply of drinking water in many regions, but can also cause flooding. Find out more in our groundwater factsheet.

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Download the fact sheet for Primary School students

Download the fact sheet for teachers

Water Resources

Fresh water is needed for every part of our lives, but access to safe water is becoming increasingly difficult for millions of people worldwide. Find out about water scarcity and where Earth's water is found.

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Download the fact sheet for Primary School students

Download the fact sheet for teachers

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Terrific Scientific

Terrific Scientific is an exciting new BBC Primary Science initiative, with schools all over the UK taking part in experiments on a variety of topics. Water experiments supported by the Geological Society are running 6 February to 11 March.

Sign up now on the BBC website, or explore an interactive map of the experiments

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