30 April 2010
A genuine geologist has been sharing his expertise with year-three pupils at Darell Primary school in Surrey.
Richard Tonge from international consultancy, WYG has been a geologist for over 10 years and was invited to the school to help the kids with their rocks and solids topic.
Speaking after the lesson, Tilly Cole, aged eight, from Ms Rachel Howard’s year-three class, said: “My favourite bit was when Richard put a really light volcanic rock into the water and all the bubbles came out.”
Keen to engage the younger generation in engineering, Richard explained what his job entails, how exciting rocks can be and the relevance of what the pupils are learning in the classroom in the real world.
Richard said: “I enjoyed my time with the kids and seeing their enthusiasm was great. They genuinely found the talk interesting and I hope they found it beneficial to their learning.”
Based on the day’s success, Richard is planning to make this an annual fixture with Darell Primary School and wants to offer the same opportunity to other primary schools.
Photo caption: Expert geologist, Richard Tongue with year-three pupils at Darell Primary School.