Now we have completed our Science unit on Light, we are now ready to move onto our next series of lessons where we will be investigating ‘what is under our feet’ in our unit on rocks and soils. You will find a Knowledge Organiser below with lots of useful information to help you with this topic. If you can, print it off and use it for the next few weeks.
Today's lesson focus is to introduce the children to new topic and make them aware of the different types of rock around us. They need to understand that a rock is not a living thing and that we have naturally forming rocks as well as man made rocks. They may be able to make some connections between this new learning and the work done previously on how coal was formed and see the similarities between this process and how sedimentary rocks are formed.
LI: I can gather information in a table.
I can describe different properties of rocks.
The power point gives children some clues and photos of the different types of rocks that are all around us. They may be able to connect to these and recall places they've been and the different rocks they have seen. We are trying to encourage them to use the vocabulary on the knowledge organiser when it comes to describing what they see.
Some words you might use to discuss the properties of a rock: hard, soft, permeable, impermeable, durable (meaning resistant to weathering), high density, low density. Density measures how ‘bulky’ the rock is (how tightly packed the molecules are).
Can you use your daily exercise to get outside and see if you can see any different rocks? Are there man-made rocks that have been used to build with? Have you got anything in your house that is made from different types of rock? Use your knowledge organiser and the new vocabulary to describe the different types of rocks you can find.