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William Smith goes to school!

12 - 16 October 2015
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Earth Science Week 2015, Northumbria University, William Smith Bicentenary
10 schools across the North East of England - More information available soon
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12– 16 October AM & PM sessions

10 schools across the North East of England - more information available soon

Cost to attendees: Free

This Northumbria University event for Earth Science Week will introduce William Smith, geological mapping, geological time, local geology and palaeoenvironments to Year 5 pupils in the North-East region. This will be done through a hands-on 2.5 hour session, where children will have the opportunity to experience their local geology through rocks, fossils and maps. 

The children will learn about William Smith and how he used rocks and fossils to draw the very first geological map. We will then present the children with rocks and fossils from the Carboniferous – Permian formations of County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. We will work with them to work out palaeoenvironments (coal measures, marine sediments, igneous rocks) and create a simplified geological map of the North-East.

The learning outcomes are twofold:

  1. expand the pupils knowledge of Earth Science and
  2. engage the children with the geology of their local area.
This event is aimed at ages 9-10 (School Year 5); rocks are introduced in Year 3 and the children should have a basic knowledge of a map.

Earth Science Week - 13-19 October 2014

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Convenor Contact

Matthew Pound

Matthew Pound
Northumbria University

Lesley Dunlop

Northumbria University