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Wider Curriculum

Today’s topic lesson in our ‘STRIKES & FLYING PICKETS’ topic is looking at how coal is formed.



Either with somebody at home or just by creating your own list of answers, discuss or write down notes about the following questions:

  • What is coal? 
  • Have you heard of coal?
  • What does coal look like?
  • Is coal used in your home?
  • What do you know already about coal? 
  • What is coal used for?  


Task 1:


Watch the following videos and make notes about how coal is formed. You may need to watch them more than once and pause them at points to help give you time to write things down!


How is coal formed? Geography for kids (1:51)


Fossil Fuels – Types and Formations. Video for kids (2:47)


Task 2:

Now that you have watched the videos on how coal is formed and made some notes, it is time to present your information.


This can be in a format of your choice but here are some examples that you could choose from.

A poster, a leaflet, an information page or even a story strip (an example is shown below to help as you can lift facts and ideas from this).


Things to include to produce a successful information page about coal and how it is formed:

  • Details about how coal is formed;
  • Where it ‘comes’ from / what coal is formed FROM;
  • How long it has taken to be formed.
  • Topic specific vocabulary (see vocabulary bank below and try to use as much as you can in the correct context).
  • Diagrams, pictures or drawings which are labelled.
  • Organised and clear layout.
  • Colours for pictures/diagrams.