Resource ID 102141

KS3 Science

Earth & Atmosphere
"Composition of Earth & processes of change"
Key Stage ED Squirrel
Resource Title
"Composition of Earth & processes of change"
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102141 - KS3 High Ability [THIS DOCUMENT]

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This is a curriculum-based Science resource that enables students to practise their understanding of how rocks are formed, and how sedimentary rocks are important in the fossilisation process. The resource highlights the importance of sedimentary rocks as a feature of the geology of the Isle of Wight, and students are able to link what they learn in the museum with their wider understanding of these Earth processes. Students also explore the possible causes of extinction and their impact on the atmosphere.

Contextual Summary

The resource links to the geology of the Isle of Wight specifically, ensuring relevance on the visit for students whilst ensuring the wider curricular relevance is maintained. Questions have been chosen because they link directly with the key curriculum areas.

Key Skills Practised
  • Understanding of the rock cycle and processes of fossilisation
  • Hypothesising reasons for extinction
  • dentifying the impact of extinction scenarios
Learning Opportunities


This resource could be used as a pre-visit research task, but is designed to work in conjunction with the dinosaur features on display in the museum.


Completion of the resource/s linked to this document


This resource could be used as a follow-up task to compound learning or evidence their level of understanding after the visit. Other follow-up tasks could include: whole class discussion about the responses to the questions; groups presenting back their collated responses to the class; projects on Isle of Wight rocks or fossils in an area of particular interest

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to understand the rock cycle in relation to the Isle of Wight and its fossil richness, identify processes of fossilisation, and consider hypothetical reasons for extinction and their effect on the Earth’s atmosphere.

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