Castleton kids turn detective

Year four pupil Madeline Ward inspects a fossil through a magnifying glass at Castelton School, in the background Mike Windle talks to other pupils infront of a display they have made''w111114    Picture: Ceri Oakes
Year four pupil Madeline Ward inspects a fossil through a magnifying glass at Castelton School, in the background Mike Windle talks to other pupils infront of a display they have made''w111114 Picture: Ceri Oakes
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CASTLETON schoolchildren turned detectives to study a murder scene from the distant past.

The murder was part of a school project about dinosaurs when the youngsters designed and exhibited their own ancient animal that they named Castleterocerous.

They also learnt about Castleton Moor 160 million years ago in the Jurassic period through a study of the area’s rocks and soil.

As part of their studies, Mike Windle of the North East Geology Trust visited them and asked them to look at clues and solve a crime scene entitled Who Killed Triceratop.

Head teacher of Castleton School, Jane Douglass said: “He had a model of a baby Triceratop to study and the children learnt so much from the project.

“It really opened their eyes about looking at clues to the past and not taking things at their face value.

“Mike’s inspirational presentations and fieldwork throughout the project intrigued us all and showed how geologists use their findings to learn about the past.”

The staff also held an open afternoon when local residents came into school and brought old photographs of the area in less ancient times.

They included pictures of Gannister quarries on the moor above the village where a particular kind of sandstone was excavated used in the steelworks of Teesside, as well as the remains of the railway that transported it.