Tarmac launch ‘Quarryville’ online resource centre
TARMAC have brought quarrying into the virtual world with the launch of a new online educational resource designed to help children better understand both the earth’s mineral resources and the processes behind extracting them.
The resource, which can be found at www.tarmac.co.uk/quarryville, contains a wealth of information, resources and games about the Earth and its minerals. Created as an educational tool for use by children and teachers, the web site supports the National Curriculum through the inclusion of a number of pupil activities.
Vicky Fletcher, PR manager at Tarmac Ltd, commented: ‘The Quarryville resource has been created to help teach children about the science and safety-led issues behind the quarrying industry in a fun and informative way.
‘The site is fully interactive and packed full of useful information, all of which supports key stages 2 and 3 of the National Curriculum. We hope that the site proves an essential resource for teachers embarking on science and geography-led initiatives as well as those relating to information and communications technology (ICT) and citizenship.’
Nine pupil-activity areas include ‘Rock Quarry’ and ‘Sand and Gravel Quarry’, which explore materials, their properties and the workings behind a quarry. ‘Laboratory’ focuses on minerals and limestone while ‘75 Stone Street’ looks at the use of rock in house-building and everyday objects.
‘Museum’ has been created to introduce children to archaeological and geological issues and ‘Safety’ examines the dangers of playing in or around quarry sites.
Ecological areas are also explored in detail, with the ‘Eco Centre’ area of the site dedicated to landscape restoration, wildlife conservation and community issues. ‘Recycling’ looks specifically at the importance of using recycled products and challenges the notion of such products being of inferior quality.
Finally, a ‘Gallery’ section provides an opportunity for pupils to record their visit to a quarry by writing a record of their trip and posting artwork or photography for inclusion on the web site.