How the Earth Works in Your Classroom(KS2: HEWYC)

Provider: Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)
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Description Bring the world into your classroom through a wide range of Earth science practical and thinking activities that cover aspects of both Science and Geography Programmes of Study and Schemes of Work for Years 5 and 6. See the ‘world in a grain of sand’ as you consider different practical activities that teach about erosion, transportation and deposition and help you to pan for gold! Use sand and water to show how rivers work and coasts can crumble - see the grains move, see the banks collapse, think where the safest place might be. Clean up your pond water, then create your own mini water cycle in the classroom before taking the ideas back out into the ‘real world’.
Duration 90 minutes

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

How the Earth Works in Your Classroom

Expected learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • explain practically the distinction between erosion, transportation and deposition
  • demonstrate these processes
  • model river and coastal processes in the classroom
  • show how water can be cleaned
  • explain the water cycle by reference to a practical model
  • teach these elements of the Year 5/6 curriculum with more confidence and scientific insight
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How the Earth Works in Your Classroom – Earth Science For Years 5/6

This workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes the following hands-on, practical activities KS2:

  • Starter Activity: ‘A World in a Grain of Sand’
  • Circus Activity: Rock, Rattle and Roll – survival of the toughest
  • Circus Activity: The DIY ETD Challenge – to show how erosion, transportation and deposition happen
  • Circus Activity: Panning for ‘Gold’
  • Circus Activity: A Model River in Action
  • Circus Activity: Coastal Crumble
  • Circus Activity: How Clean is My Pond Water?
  • Circus Activity: Make Your Own Rain
  • Plenary Activity: The Water Cycle in the World

The general activity format for each of the above is as follows:

  • Topic addressed
  • National curriculum references
  • Pupil practical or teacher demonstration
  • Time needed to complete the activity
  • Preparation and set-up time
  • Resources
  • Activity
  • Results expected
  • Pupil learning outcomes
  • Ideas for leading into the activity
  • Ideas for following up the activity
  • Extension ideas for more able or faster pupils

Workshop material also includes sections on:

  • Resource List
  • 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.