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Supporting the teaching of Earth sciences at all levels
Teaching Primary Earth Science
This was written by members of the Primary Team and published until the end of 2014. Issues included ideas, activities and information on Earth science topics based on National Curriculum Science and Geography.
Year Issue Number Themes  2007 57 School Clubs 58 Recycling in Schools 59 Eco Schools 60 Environmental Systems 2008 61 Fossils 1. Introduction     62                         Fossils 2. Extra Curricular                                 extension for more  able pupils 63 Volcanoes 1. What are volcanoes? 64 Volcanoes 2. Where in the World are they?  Why are they there? 2009 65 Sea level change - Sea level rise. A consequence of Global Warming? 66 Flooding - causes and associated problems 67 Water - uses and conservation 68 Water - How clean is your water? 2010 69 Climate through time - Ancient mountains, igneous intrusions, volcanic eruptions 70 Climate through time - Temperature and Sea Level Changes , Ice Ages 71 Climate through time - Deserts, tropical swamps,  rivers seas 72 Climate through time - Warm Seas, cold and temperate seas, Ocean depths 2011 73 Investigative Challenge 74 Soil Art - pigments and chemistry
*Issues 1 to 56 cover areas such as weathering, the water cycle, out and about, resources, minerals, rocks, soils, rivers and fun and games. The full list of those still available can be obtained from Geoff Selby-Sly, e-mail address below. For further information about PEST issues 1 to 56 and Primary activities, contact: estaprimary@hotmail.co.uk Some PEST back issues can be obtained by ESTA members by going here.
Primary Workshops and INSET The ESTA Primary team presents workshops at various conferences, such as the ESTA Conference, ASE Conference and the Geographical Association Conference. Recent workshops have covered topics such as: minerals, rocks, soils, rivers and coasts, erosion and porosity and permeability. The team also provide cross curricular workshops of 50 minutes each, with a landscape theme:- The Landscape of Minerals and Rocks; The Landscape of Soils and Erosion; The Landscape of Rivers and Coasts; The Landscape of Sweet Geography. The team members are also available to provide workshops for schools or groups from the list below and only charge expenses.  Current tendency is towards cross curricular themes based around Earth Science /Physical Geography. Sessions are linked to individual requirements particularly relating to content and timing.  We aim to make everything relevant to the participants' area where possible e.g. local rocks, or environments. Each of the areas below is usually about 45/50 minutes and how they are presented depends on the audience. The depth of content depends on the length of the workshop. Activities that can be used in various combinations for INSET: Minerals. Sorting - Treasure chests activity or demo Properties and Identification (teacher knowledge) activity Story telling further ideas Mineral fight further ideas Cake mix further ideas Rocks. Identifying rocks activity or partial activity Sorting rocks activity or demo Properties of rocks activity (links to mineral one) Porosity demo (participatory) Drilling holes making wells demo (participatory) Building stone walks demo/ further ideas Weathering further ideas Rocks for breakfast demo/ further ideas Erosion demo (participatory) *** Soils. Linking to rocks & identifying components activity Separating soils (wet method) demo Separating soils (dry method) activity or demo Permeability activity or demo Painting with soil activity or demo Making your own soil further ideas Field work - soil horizons further ideas Linking to growing plants further ideas Rivers and Coasts. The life of a river demo then activity Coastal Changes demo then activity Spring in a bottle further ideas Erosion demo (participatory) *** Cross Curricular Sweet Geography / Earth Science ideas linked to DT & cooking Describing minerals and or rocks literacy links *** This activity links to several others under the five study groups above. Within the above activities cross curricular links can be made to:-  language and use of language, maths and sorting, science, art, DT, history, settlements and culture. For further information contact: estaprimary@hotmail.co.uk 
EARTH SCIENCE TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION
Registered charity number 1005331
EARTH SCIENCE TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION
Supporting the teaching of Earth sciences at all levels
Teaching Primary Earth Science
This was written by members of the Primary Team and published until the end of 2014. Issues included ideas, activities and information on Earth science topics based on National Curriculum Science and Geography.
Year Issue Number Themes  2007 57 School Clubs 58 Recycling in Schools 59 Eco Schools 60 Environmental Systems 2008 61 Fossils 1. Introduction     62                         Fossils 2. Extra Curricular                                 extension for more  able pupils 63 Volcanoes 1. What are volcanoes? 64 Volcanoes 2. Where in the World are they?  Why are they there? 2009 65 Sea level change - Sea level rise. A consequence of Global Warming? 66 Flooding - causes and associated problems 67 Water - uses and conservation 68 Water - How clean is your water? 2010 69 Climate through time - Ancient mountains, igneous intrusions, volcanic eruptions 70 Climate through time - Temperature and Sea Level Changes , Ice Ages 71 Climate through time - Deserts, tropical swamps,  rivers seas 72 Climate through time - Warm Seas, cold and temperate seas, Ocean depths 2011 73 Investigative Challenge 74 Soil Art - pigments and chemistry
*Issues 1 to 56 cover areas such as weathering, the water cycle, out and about, resources, minerals, rocks, soils, rivers and fun and games. The full list of those still available can be obtained from Geoff Selby-Sly, e-mail address below. For further information about PEST issues 1 to 56 and Primary activities, contact: estaprimary@hotmail.co.uk Some PEST back issues can be obtained by ESTA members by going here.
Primary Workshops and INSET The ESTA Primary team presents workshops at various conferences, such as the ESTA Conference, ASE Conference and the Geographical Association Conference. Recent workshops have covered topics such as: minerals, rocks, soils, rivers and coasts, erosion and porosity and permeability. The team also provide cross curricular workshops of 50 minutes each, with a landscape theme:- The Landscape of Minerals and Rocks; The Landscape of Soils and Erosion; The Landscape of Rivers and Coasts; The Landscape of Sweet Geography. The team members are also available to provide workshops for schools or groups from the list below and only charge expenses.  Current tendency is towards cross curricular themes based around Earth Science /Physical Geography. Sessions are linked to individual requirements particularly relating to content and timing.  We aim to make everything relevant to the participants' area where possible e.g. local rocks, or environments. Each of the areas below is usually about 45/50 minutes and how they are presented depends on the audience. The depth of content depends on the length of the workshop. Activities that can be used in various combinations for INSET: Minerals. Sorting - Treasure chests activity or demo Properties and Identification (teacher knowledge) activity Story telling further ideas Mineral fight further ideas Cake mix further ideas Rocks. Identifying rocks activity or partial activity Sorting rocks activity or demo Properties of rocks activity (links to mineral one) Porosity demo (participatory) Drilling holes making wells demo (participatory) Building stone walks demo/ further ideas Weathering further ideas Rocks for breakfast demo/ further ideas Erosion demo (participatory) *** Soils. Linking to rocks & identifying components activity Separating soils (wet method) demo Separating soils (dry method) activity or demo Permeability activity or demo Painting with soil activity or demo Making your own soil further ideas Field work - soil horizons further ideas Linking to growing plants further ideas Rivers and Coasts. The life of a river demo then activity Coastal Changes demo then activity Spring in a bottle further ideas Erosion demo (participatory) *** Cross Curricular Sweet Geography / Earth Science ideas linked to DT & cooking Describing minerals and or rocks literacy links *** This activity links to several others under the five study groups above. Within the above activities cross curricular links can be made to:-  language and use of language, maths and sorting, science, art, DT, history, settlements and culture. For further information contact: estaprimary@hotmail.co.uk 
Registered charity number 1005331