Pupils get a lesson in geology at quarry site

St Peters and St Paul's RC School Cramlington pupils Ellie Gordon,8, Charlotte Hamberg ,8 and Kane Charters 8, watch Owen Pugh lab technician John Davison perform an Hydrochloric acid test to check whether the quarry rock is limestone.
St Peters and St Paul's RC School Cramlington pupils Ellie Gordon,8, Charlotte Hamberg ,8 and Kane Charters 8, watch Owen Pugh lab technician John Davison perform an Hydrochloric acid test to check whether the quarry rock is limestone.
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SCHOOLCHILDREN have had a rocking good time, thanks to a Wearside business.

Owen Pugh Aggregates invited youngsters to visit its Marsden quarry site for a close-up look at the world of rocks, minerals and soil during National Science and Engineering Week.

The 31 children were split into three groups, each of which explored a different area of the quarry and tackled various exercises.

One group visited the quarry laboratory and examined a range of rock and mineral samples. The second group witnessed the site’s large crusher machine in action and the third group participated in a health and safety lesson with the quarry’s general manager Andy Mountford.

“We do a lot of work with local schools and colleges to help young people discover more about geology and engineering and Marsden Quarry makes an ideal outdoor classroom,” said Andy.

“We have a large and impressive site, with our own laboratory and the materials that we work with are inert, so it’s a hygienic environment. That allows us to give young visitors a great opportunity to learn more about geology, engineering and the growing importance of sustainability in engineering, which is reflected in the recycling of building materials we undertake.

“The kids were really enthusiastic and keen to learn, which of course makes running the sessions that bit more rewarding.”

Barbara Roper, a teacher at St Peter and Paul Roman Catholic School, in Cramlington, said: “The children were really excited about their quarry visit and had a fantastic time in Marsden. We have been doing a lot of work in school as part of National Science and Engineering Week and the national curriculum, but are always keen to explore ways to deliver a more creative learning environment.

“This trip to Marsden Quarry added a great deal to our pupils’ understanding of geology and helped them to make the connection between the rocks and soil that they see from day to day, and the buildings in which they live, play and study.

“The team at Owen Pugh couldn’t have been more helpful – they really looked after the children and made sure that the visit was as enjoyable and entertaining as it was educational.”

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