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Stoney Middleton Rock Activity

Learning outcomes

Most pupils will understand/be able to:

  • The need for safe and sensible behaviour, responding to instructions
  • How to prepare for an outdoor activity
  • Identify limestone rock and recognise a fossil
  • How limestone is formed and how old it is
  • How lead can be found in limestone
  • Recognise evidence of lead mining

Some pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Describe the basics of cave formation
  • Identify some types of fossils and understand what a fossil is
  • Describe something about the life of a lead miner
  • Understand lead mining in the past and different methods of mining

Key words/phrases

Behaviour of Light, Calcite, Carboniferous, Conservation, Determination, Fossil, Egg and Notch, Geology, Lead Mining, Limestone, Mining, Perseverance, Reef, Weathering and Erosion

Curriculum links


Identifying and solving problems as in outdoor activities; adapting to unfamiliar contexts; recognise hazards, control risks; determination to succeed; healthy physical activity


Physical and human characteristics of real places Science: scientific thinking, evidence from observations


Work in groups, different roles and responsibilities


Half day activity.


Stoney Middleton Dale.


Activity is always led by a fully qualified member of Hagg Farm staff.

Supporting materials

Rock Activity curriculum pack.

Health and safety

Appropriate clothing and footwear required. Care for, use and return of equipment in good state. Safety pack (with first aid kit, emergency shelter etc), mobile phone, technical equipment and any personal medication (inhalers etc). Risk assessment no. 14. Pupil ratio 1:12. plus helper. AALA licensed.

Activity session

  • Briefing to include aims of activity, what the activity involves, safety, location and environmental issues.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment issued.
  • Discussion of teamwork, involvement and leadership.
  • Completion of Eyehole Cave.
  • Discussion of formation of limestone and cave processes.
  • Discussion of past history of the area and the lead mining industry.
  • Students have opportunity to experience the cave environment and potential risks.


(at Hagg Farm if cold/wet)

  • Have learning outcomes been met?
  • A range of reviewing techniques with students using writing, speaking skills and creativity to express feelings about activity, performance, involvement, teamwork.
  • Scientific, geographical and historical learning linking to curriculum, as above.