Water Safety teaching package

For elementary school students, safety when playing in, on and around water is literally of vital importance. KNRM (Search and Rescue Lifeboats Society) and Reddingsbrigade Nederland (Lifeguard Rescue Team) aim to teach children on how they can improve on their own safety (and that of others). For that purpose, DST developed a versatile teaching package for grades 7 and 8 in collaboration with primary school teachers.

Reflects the knowledge, attitude and behaviour.

Thinking about what you know and do yourself

In Water Safety, the students’ own knowledge, attitude and behaviour play a decisive role. With (online) games, testimonials from rescuers and victims, picture puzzles, a student booklet and video clips, students are encouraged to think about what they know themselves, how they behave and what they do. The teacher gets a clear manual with lesson plans, leads and background information, in which the embedded material is also established in the curriculum. Through the main website, Water Safety is also accessible for the digital whiteboard.

Also guest lectures

KNRM and Reddingsbrigade Nederland included the teaching materials in their educational programme, which also provides for guest lectures by volunteers and excursions. On request, the teaching materials are available free of charge for primary school teachers, so that each school will be able to spend time on this important subject.

Monkey House in the Apenheul

Primate park Apenheul had been looking for a new destination for an empty building for some time. DST was commissioned to draw up a plan.

Learning about monkeys by acting like monkeys.

We transformed the building (and the surrounding area) to the Monkey House. A place with a jungle gym where children of all ages can clamber and climb like monkeys. And where they can learn about monkey behaviour at the same time: how the animals eat, sleep, and chill. The kids identify themselves with the monkeys of Apenheul in a playful manner, and they learn a lot by doing so.

Without effort, children learn much about monkey behaviour.


Since the spring of 2015

The Monkey House opened to the public in the spring of 2015. In an in-house survey conducted by Apenheul, visitors gave the Monkey House an average rating of 7.9 out of 10.

Tour de France in the Classroom

Teaching materials to go with the start of the Tour de France in Utrecht

The first stage of the 2015 Tour de France started in the city of Utrecht. Utrecht City Council asked DST for assistance in developing a teaching package for this ‘Grand Départ’. To facilitate teachers who want to pay attention to the Tour (start) in an accessible manner. The teaching package had to be suitable for several subjects, both in senior and in junior secondary education.


A classroom of enthusiastic children is a magnet for cameras.

Joyful lesson in three stages

DST developed a digital platform for this project. Basic idea of ​​this platform: “A joyful lesson in three stages”. Three simple questions give some relevant teaching suggestions out of a total of 160 different methods.

1 You choose the type of education; senior or junior students.

2 You specify the class or the subject for which you would like to select a lesson. Or you choose one of the themes.

3 You choose the method that suits you and your students.


Young People’s News Show

Using the filter function on, teachers will be able to simply put a customised lesson together. Whether for short-term activities or an interdisciplinary project, teachers decide on what is interesting for his students. The teaching materials are suitable for techniques that are increasingly used in the classroom, such as the IWB and tablets.

When first launched, the package received wide attention from the press. Such a classroom full of enthusiastic children is a magnet for cameras, e.g. for the Young People’s News Show.