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CPD Workshops for Teachers

Teaching the Dynamic Earth

Scottish Workshops

Curriculum for Excellence: Earth science workshops for Social Studies and Science in Scotland
(two hour workshops which can be tailored to 90 minutes if required)

Early Level to First Level

Scotland Rocks!
Engage pupils in the study of the rocks found in the world around them and help them to recognise the amazing stories they can tell about Scotland's geological past, through this cross-curricular workshop. Hands-on activities show how children can learn to find, describe and classify common local rocks, and to simulate processes involved in their formation. These activities create opportunities to develop a range of language, scientific and creative skills. They help pupils to study the many different properties of rocks and lead naturally into investigations of landscape-forming processes.

The final workshop activity draws all these ideas together and demonstrates how Scotland's wonderful variety of landscapes is directly related to the diversity of the rocks that underlie them.

Upper Primary Second Level

Scotland beneath your feet I: rock and soil
Try a series of 'hands-on' activities to develop pupil understanding of the processes that have created Scotland's soils, minerals, rocks and diverse landscapes. See how to use these activities to motivate and enthuse pupils in the primary classroom, whilst developing their own understanding of Earth processes and promoting their thinking and investigational skills. The ideas contained in this workshop can be quickly implemented and meet some of the specific Curriculum for Excellence outcomes and experiences, whilst further developing thinking skills in pupils See our video page.

Scotland beneath your feet II: disaster and resource
Try a series of 'hands-on' activities to develop pupil understanding of the processes that can cause global natural hazards, whilst also affecting Scotland.  Consider the crucial role played by Scotland's Earth resources. See how to use Earth science activities to motivate and enthuse pupils in the primary classroom, whilst developing their own understanding of Earth processes and promoting their thinking and investigational skills.

Upper Primary Second Level to Lower Secondary Third Level

Scotland's Rocky Journey
Try a series of 'hands-on' activities to develop pupils' understanding of the processes that have created Scotland's diverse landscapes.  Using simple simulations, they learn how to link all of Scotland's rocks into a series of processes that together form the Rock Cycle.  Some of these processes act very quickly and some very slowly, but together a whole cycle takes millions of years.  Each process produces a new product, and the products are the rocks that together have built Scotland.

The final workshop presentation describes how James Hutton made detailed observations of rocks in various parts of his native Scotland 250 years ago and cleverly applied scientific reasoning to deduce the existence of the rock cycle.   This brought a major scientific breakthrough and laid the foundations of our modern understanding of the planet we live on.

Secondary Third Level to Fourth Level

Scotland on a Plate: understanding Scotland's rocky journey
The 'Scotland on a plate' workshop gets to grips with the wide-ranging evidence for the theory that underpins our detailed modern understanding of our dynamic planet – the theory of Plate Tectonics.   Since Scotland has contributed so much to the science of geology, it is critical for Scottish school pupils to be given the opportunity to study this remarkable example of Science 'in action'.  The workshop begins with an introduction to the main features of the theory and progresses through a series of activities that are designed to help students develop their understanding. It uses several independent sources of evidence supporting the theory, including using climatic data from sedimentary rocks , igneous rock patterns, fossil evidence, seismic records, geothermal patterns, geomagnetism, and large-scale topographical features, both above and below sea-level.   The workshop concludes with a reconstruction of plate movements over the past 450 million years which explains in perfect detail the record contained in Scotland's rocks - of an amazing journey across the face of our planet. See our video page.

Resources to Accompany Scottish Workshop Material

A free specially-designed CD ROM of resources is also available when Scottish CPD workshops are delivered; includes comprehensive teaching notes and many ready to use images.

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