Travel to Montserrat where a volcano is about to erupt! Pupils take on real-life roles as politicians, scientists and community members who have to work cooperatively to decide what action they will take to survive.

Level: Second level (P4–P7)
Cost: £70
Length of workshop: 75 minutes starting at either 10:15/11:45/13:15
(check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: August – June, subject to availability
Booking: Complete our online booking request form.

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

Split your class into three groups who will work together throughout the workshop. Maximum capacity 33 children. It is not necessary for your class to know about Montserrat before your visit.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the topic using images and diagrams.
  • Handle and identify a range of volcano-related specimens such as lava bombs.
  • Use a real-life case study of Montserrat. Pupils will work in groups, using evidence, making decisions based on this evidence and then expressing opinions, as politicians, scientists and community members.
  • As a class, decide what action they would take in this scenario before discovering the real-life outcome of the eruption.

Follow up activities

Curriculum links

Early

First

Second

Health and Wellbeing

 

Through taking part in a variety of events and activities, I am learning to recognise my own skills and abilities as well as those of others.

HWB 1-19a

Opportunities to carry out different activities and roles in a variety of settings have enabled me to identify my achievements, skills and areas for development. This will help me to prepare for the next stage in my life and learning.

HWB 2-19a

Social Studies

   

I can describe the physical processes of a natural disaster and discuss its impact on people and the landscape.

SOC 2-07b

Science

 

I have contributed to discussions of current scientific news items to help develop my awareness of science.

SCN 1-20a

Through research and discussion I have an appreciation of the contribution that individuals are making to scientific discovery and invention and the impact this has made on society.

SCN 2-20a

I can report and comment on current scientific news items to develop my knowledge and understanding of topical science.

SCN 2-20b

Literacy

 

When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect.

LIT 1-02a

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

 

To help me develop an informed view, I am learning to recognise the difference between fact and opinion.

LIT 1-08a

To help me develop an informed view, I can distinguish fact from opinion, and I am learning to recognise when my sources try to influence me and how useful these are.

LIT 2-08a

 

When listening and talking with others for different purposes, I can exchange information, experiences, explanations, ideas and opinions, and clarify points by asking questions or by asking others to say more.

LIT 1-09a

When listening and talking with others for different purposes, I can:

  • share information, experiences and opinions
  • explain processes and ideas
  • identify issues raised and summarise main points or findings
  • clarify points by asking questions or by asking others to say more.

LIT 2-09a

Photo by NASA.

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