Pupils will be presented with a real-life natural disaster from Montserrat and will work in groups, using evidence, to make decisions about how to survive. Each group will take on roles such as scientists, politicians and members of the public. Classes will also handle specimens such as lava bombs, meteorites, obsidian and pumice.

Level: Third and fourth Level (S1-S3)
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. It is not necessary for your class to know about Montserrat before your visit. Maximum capacity 30 pupils.

You can also visit our Art, Design, Fashion, Science and Technology galleries during the day. Download our guidelines to find out more.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the topic via a gallery visit, then using images and diagrams
  • Handle and identify a range of volcano-related specimens such as Lava bombs and obsidian and learn about the different real-life careers related to volcanoes
  • Use a real-life case study of Montserrat. Pupils will work in groups, using evidence, making decision based on this evidence and then expressing opinions and taking part in a debate, taking a role of a politician, scientist or community member.
  • As a class, decide what action they would take in this scenario before discovering the real-life outcome of the eruption

Follow up activities

  • Visit our Restless Earth Gallery (Level 3) to discover more about the processes which continually shape and change the earth, including volcanoes.

Curriculum links

 

Third

Fourth

Health and Wellbeing

 

I am developing the skills and attributes which I will need for learning, life and work. I am gaining understanding of the relevance of my current learning to future opportunities. This is helping me to make informed choices about my life and learning.

HWB 3-19a

 

Social Studies

 

Having investigated processes which form and shape landscapes, I can explain their impact on selected landscapes in Scotland, Europe and beyond.

SOC 3-07a

 I can explain how the interaction of physical systems shaped and continue to shape the Earth’s surface by assessing their impact on contrasting landscape types.

SOC 4-07a

 

I can use a range of maps and geographical information systems to gather, interpret and present conclusions and can locate a range of features within Scotland, UK, Europe and the wider world.

SOC 3-14a

I can use specialised maps and geographical information systems to identify patterns of human activity and physical processes.

SOC 4-14a

 

I understand the arrangements for political decision making at different levels and the factors which shape these arrangements.

SOC 3-18a

I can evaluate the impact which decision making bodies have on the lives of people in Scotland or elsewhere.

SOC 4-18a

Science

 

Through research and discussion, I have contributed to evaluations of media items with regard to scientific content and ethical implications.

SCN 3-20b

Having selected scientific themes of topical interest, I can critically analyse the issues, and use relevant information to develop an informed argument.

SCN 4-20b

Literacy

 

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

  • communicate information, ideas or opinions
  • explain processes, concepts or ideas
  • identify issues raised, summarise findings or draw conclusions.

LIT 3-09a

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

  • communicate detailed information, ideas or opinions
  • explain processes, concepts or ideas with some relevant supporting detail
  • sum up ideas, issues, findings or conclusions.

LIT 4-09a

 

I am developing confidence when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning. I can communicate in a clear, expressive way and I am learning to select and organise resources independently.

LIT 3-10a

I can communicate in a clear, expressive manner when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning, and can independently select and organise appropriate resources as required.

LIT 4-10a 

Header image: NASA.

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