This half term we shall start our topic with a bang (or eruption!) with a walking trip to our local beach Joss Bay, for our earth shattering topic, Tremors. Whilst there, the children will act as geologists, gathering rock samples, finding out about different types of rocks and sorting them according to their properties. By carrying out research, we’ll investigate the Earth’s layers and the location of volcanoes, discovering what causes them to erupt. Working as archaeologists, we’ll locate Mount Vesuvius on a map and find out what it was like to live in Pompeii during the eruption. We’ll write explosive shape poetry inspired by our work on volcanoes and use a beautiful and dramatic text, Escape from Pompeii, to retell a first person narrative based on the volcanic eruption. Using our model making skills, we’ll build earthquake-proof structures and test them out. Creatively using our artistic skills, we shall use collage and paint techniques to convey the dramatic effects of an eruption. While there are no real volcanos in Kent, we want our children to have an understanding of what it must be like for so many other children who live under the shadow of great disruption or upheaval. We’ll also attempt to recreate a volcanic eruption using a range of household materials– watch out, it’s going to blow!