Geowalks for Schools

Looking to enthuse your class with some curriculum-focused outdoor learning? Find out more about your local landscape and the processes that formed it? Get some ideas and support for your classroom teaching?

I've got wide experience of working with schools and teachers: I've taken thousands of pupils on excursions around Holyrood Park in Edinburgh (see Arthur's Seat for Schools) exploring topics such as Edinburgh's landscape and volcanic eruptions, and I've delivered hundreds of classroom workshops on volcanoes, tsunamis, Pangea, rocks and landscapes. I'm flexible, enthusiastic and remarkably good value! Please don't hesitate to get in touch to find out more.

 

Resources

I've worked with Historic Scotland to write a resource for teachers planning a visit to Holyrood Park, which is available for free from Historic Scotland.

Available as a pdf download from the Historic Scotland website.

In 2008-2009 I led the Earth Science Outdoors Project for the Scottish Earth Science Education Forum, developing resources for teachers, to encourage and support outdoor learning within a Curriculum for Excellence.

Earth Science Outdoors project page

School Workshops - indoors and out!

I can offer lots of flexibility and ideas for visits to schools, including classroom activities exploring plate tectonics, tsunamis and volcanoes. Over several years I've run workshops for upper Primary classes at Techfest in Aberdeen and the Dundee Science Festival and visited schools throughout Scotland.

The Curriculum for Excellence encourages outdoor exploration of your local landscape; I can take your class on a short excursion in the school grounds and surrounding area or further afield (e.g. Holyrood Park in Edinburgh - see Arthur's Seat for Schools).

I can also include personal experience with exploding volcanoes. I worked in the Montserrat Volcano Observatory in the Caribbean at the start of the current eruption there, and I've got lots of stories to tell about this and other volcanoes. And to experience a volcanic eruption in class, ask about Irn Bru volcanoes!

Costs are dependent on the amount of preparation required and travel costs, but I aim to keep costs low - guide price £60 for a local workshop of 1-2 hours.

These activities help tackle key outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence, including:
SOC 1-07a I can describe and recreate the characteristics of my local environment by exploring the features of the landscape.
SOC 2-07a I can describe the major characteristic features of Scotlandís landscape and explain how these were formed.
SCN 2-17a Having explored the substances that make up Earthís surface, I can compare some of their characteristics and uses.
SOC 3-07a Having investigated processes which form and shape landscapes, I can explain their impact on selected landscapes in Scotland, Europe and beyond.
SOC 4-07a I can explain how the interaction of physical systems shaped and continue to shape the Earth's surface by assessing their impact on contrasting landscape types.
SCN 3-17a Through evaluation of a range of data, I can describe the formation, characteristics and uses of soils, minerals and basic types of rocks.


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