CHILDREN from a Cramlington school extended their geology skills last term and took a trip to a local quarry.
Pupils at St Peter and Paul’s Catholic Schools, visited Marsden Quarry in South Shields to its site in a bid to improve their understanding of the subject and to learn more about its role in business and industry.
They were welcomed by north east construction firm the Owen Pugh Group, and the Year 3 students identified different rocks and soils, investigating their properties and learning about their use in the real world.
The pupils explored different areas of the quarry and tackled various exercises and after being split into two groups, one visited the quarry laboratory and examined a range of rock and mineral samples while the second was given a tour of the quarry by general manager Andy Mountford and saw the site’s large crusher machine in action.
Barbara Roper, teacher at the school, said: “Last year’s visit to Marsden Quarry left a lasting impression on the children and staff involved so we were keen to return.
“It’s not often that the pupils have the chance to go into workplaces, especially industrial settings like Marsden Quarry, and these experiences are invaluable to their learning.
“Once again the site visit was extremely worthwhile and all of the pupils enjoyed themselves.
“After our last visit a number of pupils expressed an interest in becoming engineers and pupils attending this year have been equally enthusiastic.
“We’re really grateful to the team at Owen Pugh who couldn’t have been more helpful – making the visit as fun as well as educational.”