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Volcanoes - Journey from the Centre of the Earth

Travel from the very centre of our planet, discover the shifting plates and get blasted out a volcano!  During this workshop pupils will build up an integrated picture of the earth’s structure and link this to volcanoes, earthquakes and mountains.  They will have the chance to handle real volcanic rocks and compare the mantle with silly putty.  Group discussions on how volcanoes can affect people’s lives’ lead into a team game where pupils become detectives to work out which rock belongs to their volcano.

You may also be interested in studying this topic outside - see the Outdoor Learning section of our website for details!

  • Social Studies

People, place and environment: I can describe the physical processes of a natural disaster and discuss its impact on people and the landscape.


I can explain how the physical environment influences the ways in which people use land by comparing my local area with a contrasting area.

SOC 2-13a

  • Sciences

Materials: Having explored the substances that make up Earth’s surface, I can compare some of their characteristics and uses.

SCN 2-17a

  • Literacy and English

Listening and Talking—Tools for listening and talking: When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking.

LIT 2-02a

Finding and using information I can select ideas and relevant information, organise these in an appropriate way for my purpose and use suitable vocabulary for my audience.

LIT 2-06a