The Rock and Soil Circus Comes to Town(KS2: RSCCT)

Provider: Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)
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Description Summary Join our circus and explore the world! Experience how KS1 and KS2 pupils might tackle an Earth related activity. Then tackle the rocks and soils part of the National Curriculum the scientific way. Test the rocks, test the soils – find out what they can tell us about the Earth we live on. Try different interactive and hands on practical activities that spotlight rocks and soils as you may never have seen them before – and enjoy the thrills and spills of ‘the rock and soil circus’ in your classroom. 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 90 minutes

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

The Rock and Soil Circus Comes to Town

Expected learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • distinguish ‘natural’ from ‘manufactured’ materials found in the ground
  • distinguish rocks, minerals and fossils
  • describe how key properties of rocks can be used in their identification
  • use different methods to determine the properties of soils
  • know the main constituents of soils
  • explain the importance of soil
  • teach these elements of the Year 3/4 curriculum with more confidence and scientific insight
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The Rock and Soil Circus Comes to Town

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

  • KS1 Starter Activity: Pirates and Buried Treasure
  • KS2 Circus Activity: Found in the Ground
  • KS2 Circus Activity: A Rocky Look, Touch and Tell
  • KS2 Circus Activity: Will My Rock Hold Water?
  • KS2 Circus Activity: The Soil Water Shake Test
  • KS2 Circus Activity: The Great Soil Race
  • KS2 Circus Activity: Save Our Soil
  • KS1 Plenary Activity: Sensory Treasure Hunt

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.