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Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 1 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!  
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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