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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Barrow pupils have a blast with geology project

GEOLOGY rocks for Year three pupils who saw their half term project brought to life before their eyes.

The seven- and eight-year-olds at Newbarns Primary School, in Barrow, witnessed erupting volcanoes and produced their own ash cloud during a hands-on earth science workshop.

The spectacular sessions were delivered by Steven Wright from Celeld Rocks, based in Carlisle, who brought in various rocks for the children to handle.

In return Cheryl Postlethwaite’s and Wendy Prentice’s classes were able to impart their knowledge of erosion, permeability and porosity.

Miss Prentice said: “They were really engaged and really enjoyed it. Steven’s visit was the culmination of that topic for them and it’s nice that they could answer questions as well.

“As a teacher I was really pleased with what they had retained.”

Mr Wright also gave a powerpoint presentation of his expeditions to erupting volcanoes so they could see first-hand what a lava flow looks like from the air. They were then invited to use a foot pump to produce an ash cloud from a volcano and witnessed a model volcano erupt in their classroom.

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