Earth Science Around Your School(KS3: ESAYS)

Provider: Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)
Free Accreditation opportunities: No accreditation but a 'Certificate of Attendance' is available upon request

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Description See how Earth science principles can be illustrated out of doors, often without a rock in sight, and how pupils can be engaged in discussions about Earth processes and products. Please contact ESEU to arrange a convenient date and time for this NO FEE workshop; travel and sundry expenses are the only costs incurred.
Duration 30 minutes

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Categories Secondary, Sciences, KS3, Management, Teaching staff, Assistant Headteacher, CPD Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher, Business Manager, Technicians, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, Head of Department / Faculty, Personal Development, Work-life Balance, Outdoor Activities, Sustainable Development, ICT / Computing, Sciences, Education system, Subject Knowledge, After-school meetings, Demonstration lesson, Team lesson planning/teaching, Learning walk, Earth Science / Geology, DVD / CD ROM
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Expected learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • apply Earth science principles in a range of opportunities provided by the school buildings and grounds
  • use the outdoor opportunities identified for enhancing the teaching of Earth science at KS3 and KS4
  • approach Earth science more effectively through a 'How science works' context
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Earth Science Around Your School

This workshop lasts approximately 30 minutes and includes:

  • Earth Science Out-of-Doors: preserving the evidence
  • Neighbourhood Stone Watch
  • Key to some rocks commonly used for ornamental purposes
  • Sorting Out Sequences
  • Tackling Rock Exposures Scientifically

The general activity format for the above is as follows:

Preserving the evidence: what is happening? What is the evidence? What might be preserved? What clues might be found?

Neighbourhood Stone Watch: school spot, homeward rock spot

Key to some rocks commonly used for ornamental purposes

Sorting Out Sequences: the stratigraphic principles for sedimentary sequences – principles or laws? Applying the principles

Tackling Rock Exposures Scientifically:  clues to look for?  What was it like here when the sediments were laid down and buried?  What changes happened before the sedimentary rocks came back to the surface?  How is the rock being attacked now?  What effect has this had on the shape of the land?  What could the rocks be used for?  Have they been used in the past?

Workshop material also includes sections on:

  • The National Science Curriculum (2007) Perspective
  • Resource List
  • Teaching Points
  • Risk Assessments

Earth Science Education Unit workshops have been devised for teachers and trainee teachers. They are intended to provide participants with a range of activities that can be used in the classroom, whilst helping them to develop the skills for using the activities in an engaging and motivating way that will enthuse and educate their pupils, whilst developing their critical thinking skills. The workshops should also develop the background Earth science knowledge and understanding of the teachers involved.

The workshop format may be transposed directly into a classroom, but often this is not appropriate. Similarly, individual activities, and the worksheets on which these are based, may be transferable directly into a classroom situation, but will often require modification for the classes and situations in which they are used, during which suitable risk assessments are undertaken.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.