Year 3 Spring 1: Rocks - Rocks and Fossils

Create an amazing rock and fossil museum to which you can invite other classes, parents and family,  or even members of your local community like the Natural History or Geology Society! Each session you will build up your knowledge to become expert museum curators and make exhibits, quizzes and activities for your exciting pop-up museum.

Hamilton’s science scheme provides children with a broad but comprehensive experience of primary science that systematically covers all of the National Curriculum for England objectives. Each year group is split into 6 blocks of 6 sessions, each of which can be completed within a half-term. We present them in a recommended teaching order, but you may adapt this to fit your requirements. Working scientifically, investigations and meaningful outcomes are fully incorporated in each block.

Friends and School Subscribers have access to some additional supporting material, including year and block overview documents, assessment grids and specially commissioned background science documents for Key Stage 2 subjects to give teachers added confidence and depth of knowledge as well as ideas for how to learn more.

Supporting documents for science
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01: Become rock stars!

Begin your quest to become rock and fossil experts and start to build up exhibits for the your Amazing Rock and Fossil Museum by observing, grouping, drawing, describing and naming rock samples.

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02: Rock detectives

Discover how different rocks were made by Planet Earth. Design your own fair test for rocks to check their hardness and permeability. Use a rock identification key to learn which type of rock our samples are.

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03: Rock survey

Help Dr Sarah Stone from the British Rock Society to gather important rock data from your area by going out on a Rock Survey! Gather evidence and discover the bedrock in your area and the variety of other rocks used to do different jobs. 

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04: Fantastic fossils

Meet the great fossil hunter Mary, Anning, ask questions and discover fascinating facts about her life and work. Learn how fossils are made and make your own one from plaster of Paris.

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05: Soil detectives

It’s time to put your scientific detection skills to the test with some exciting soil investigation activities. Discover the answers to some important questions about soil and learn just how important it is to life on our planet!

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06: Make ready for amazing rock and fossil museum!

It’s time to get ready for the opening of the Amazing Rock and Fossil Museum. Divide into groups and work as a team to plan and prepare your exhibits and activities. How can you share your learning and give visitors an exciting Rock and Fossil experience?