Rock detectives

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Age group

Key stage 2+ (can be adapted to Key stage 1)


Through practical experience and group discussions, students will identify, classify and explore the properties and different types of rocks. They will discuss how these rocks are formed and how their properties make them suitable for their uses.


• To understand how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are formed

• To appreciate and explore how the different properties of the rocks make them suitable for different uses

• To use experimentation to explore a rock’s properties and use the information collected to correctly identify them