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National Schools Geology Challenge

 Resources for schools

Key Stage 2 (1st-2nd Level) age 7–11

Primary School Year 3-6 (England & Wales), P4-P7 (Northern Ireland & Scotland)

Quick Links: Geological Society Resources | Resources from other organisations | School visits



Activity Sheets




Other Resources from the Geological Society

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

KS2 Earth science classroom activities:

Classroom Volcano | Chocolate Rock Cycle | Rocks for dinner


Geology Rocks! Podcasts

Radio programmes for 8-12 year olds developed by Fun Kids and the Geological Society, bringing the world of geology to life. Topics range from geological time and fossils to volcanoes, how different rocks form and how they are used in our everyday lives.

Your Planet Earth: talks & practical exercises

Talks & discussion points for the 7-9 and 14-15-years age groups. Topics include volcanoes, dinosaurs, natural hazards, plate tectonics, climate change, oil and gas, geological time, rocks and minerals, Ice Ages, Evolution and the history of life.

Resources from other organisations


Terrific Scientific: A BBC primary science initiative

Take part in UK-wide experiments and explore classroom resources for 7-11 year olds on a variety of topics.


Discovering Geology: Resources from the BGS

Education resources from the British Geological Survey for schools and colleges, lifelong learners or anyone interested in the Earth. Topics include geological hazards, time, climate change and the geology of Britain. Install a seismometer in your school to detect earthquakes or explore UK geology with Minecraft.

British Geological Survey: Make-a-Map

A simple interactive geological map of the British Isles for amateur geologists, students and teachers. View the main rock units with accompanying timecharts, create custom maps highlighting specific rocks, or print outlines for students to colour in.


Jurassic Coast Fossil Finder

A database of around 1,000 fossils from the Jurassic Coast Museums. You can search for a particular fossil by its common name, or browse the fossils by type.

Earth Learning Idea

Earth Learning Idea (ELI) publish Earth-related teaching ideas and practical resources every two weeks. Each activity is designed to create student participation for maximum learning, with most requiring minimal cost and equipment. They are fun, engaging and produce excellent learning outcomes!

The Big Jurassic Classroom

Primary School classroom resources on fossils and geological time from Jurassic Coast, categorised into age groups from 3 to 11.


Earth Science Teachers Association: Primary Earth Science Teaching archive

An archive of activity worksheets for primary schools.

Teaching resources from Teachit

Teaching resources for Key Stages 1 and 2.

School resources by level & age

Key Stages, GCSEs and A Levels refer to the National Curriculum taught in England, Wales & Northern Ireland; Levels, Standards and Highers refer to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

Arrange for a geologist to visit your school



Geobus St Andrews and Geobus UCL visit schools in Scotland and London, providing Earth science resources and teaching.