Get ready to blast off with George to explore the universe!
We started this topic with our curious hats on.
Looking at images from space, we came up with questions we hoped to answer over the next few weeks.
At Reading time, we had time to ‘check out’ the space topic books.. but we were only allowed one minute with each book. There was some great conversation about the books and since we only had just enough time to find something interesting, but not enough time to read the book, we were eager to get our hands on the books later!
Art work by Peter Thorpe
As part of our launch sequence, we were amazed by the art work of Peter Thorpe. We studied how he uses colour effectively and applied some of his ideas in our own work.
Autumn Term 1
Our Extreme Earth topic began with a legend about a volcanic island. We wondered who the giant was and what he was stirring. After some careful language study, we realised that the giant was the volcano and it was waking up!
The legend is set on a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. We used atlases and Google Earth to take a look at these 'countless thousands' of islands. In writing, we had a go at writing complex sentences to describe the idyllic setting.
As we read the story, we noticed that there was only a picture to describe the volcanic eruption - no words! So we decided we should help the author by writing the words for this part of the story. To do this we needed to gather some powerful verbs and descriptive adjectives.
We noticed that the people in the legend did not know how a volcano worked so we decided to find out for ourselves. We started by learning about the Earth beneath our feet.
Mrs. Roper told us that the Earth’s crust was not smooth and that we should peel our oranges to find out what it’s really like! Each piece we peeled off represented a tectonic plate. When we put the peel back on the orange, we noticed how the tectonic plates fit around the Earth like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
Next, we discovered what happened as the tectonic plates moved. Using Oreo biscuits, we simulated what happens at the plate boundaries.
Convergent Boundary (plates collide)
Divergent boundary (plates move apart)
Transform boundary (plates slide side by side)
We learned that earthquakes often occur at Transform boundaries. Reading a story about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 inspired us to write the opening to our own earthquake disaster story, set in school.
Look at the state of our classroom after the earthquake! (We’re hiding under the tables)
Investigating Seismic Waves
When architects design buildings, they try to make them in such a way that the building can resist an earthquake. They design them to bend and sway but not crack and fall. Using toothpicks and marshmallows, we designed and built our own buildings.