In this workshop children learn what a fossil is, how they were formed and what they can tell us about the past. Be amazed at how old fossils are and understand the difference between coal and fossils. Handle ancient fossils, using a magnifying glass to analyse and spot fossilised plant materials. Complete wax rubbings of fossils for a class art project and make a fossil to take home or to create a class museum.
KS1 – KS2
Make your own fossil to take home.
Science, History, Geography, Art.
Mechanisms of Mining
Students look at images of pit heads, cage, wagons and think about what they do, which bits move and how they move before discussing forces. In groups, children will explore and investigate levers, pulleys and gears in a carousel of activities and challenges.
KS2 – KS3
Carousel of activities: levers, pulleys and gears.
Science (forces), History, Geography, DT.
Investigate the reasons why coal was so important, how it was used and its global impact – both positive and negative. Discuss the need for developing renewable energy sources and suggest how this could be done.
KS2 – KS4
Make your own windmill to create a class windfarm.
Science, PHSE, Technology, History.