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Posted on June 21st 2017
Geology Rocks in the Playground
In order to learn about geology, Year 8 have been focusing on extending learning beyond the classroom.
To understand the significant role that rocks play across different landscapes we took to the playground to see what examples we could find.
The boys became geologists and managed to find a variety of different rocks. We then sought the advice of Mr Cooper, who is a passionate geologist, to inform us further about their origins.
The Boys’ quickly grasped how to differentiate between igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. As well as looking for ‘loose’ rocks we discussed how architects and builders use different materials to strengthen buildings and make them aesthetically pleasing.
We examined the white stone arches (pictured below) that the boys walk through to get into school and saw a variety of fossils within it leading us to conclude it was a sedimentary rock.
“It is so interesting because I walk through here every day and have never stopped to look at it and see these fossils,” said Pele.
After gathering and discussing a plethora of rocks we put our art skills to the test by sketching the rocks and writing down their vital stats such as weight and texture.
This is excellent preparation for GCSE geography that has a 25% element of fieldwork skills. This unit has opened our eyes to the importance of rocks in the natural landscape but also to how humans rely on this geographical resource across the urban environment.