Our learning experience is called Earth Shattering!
Hook: On Tuesday 13th November, the children will spend the morning making 3D models of volcanoes. In the afternoon, they will become scientists, experimenting with making chemical reactions from a range of everyday materials.
The children will demonstrate their understanding of how and why volcanoes erupt and how this relates to the Earth’s structure. They will use their scientific knowledge to make their volcanoes erupt.
Take home task:
Choose from one, or even more, of the following. Alternatively, choose something of your own – get creative!
Hand in date: Monday 10th December 2018
To inspire the children at the start of this Learning Experience, they will work in groups to make 3D volcanoes before becoming ‘Crazy Scientists’ where they will be given the opportunity to explore range of chemical reactions.
In Geography, the children will be looking at a whole range of different natural disasters including volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, avalanches and floods. To start the learning experience, they will learn about the different sections of the Earth and tectonic plate boundaries. Following on from this, they will begin to understand what makes a volcano and explore the different types of volcanoes, as well as where they are located in the world. The children will look at the effects of volcano eruptions on people and the environment and complete some of our own research. In addition to this, they will discuss global warming and take part in a debate.
In this subject, children will immerse themselves in the story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and its devastation of Pompeii. They will investigate what life was like before the city was destroyed; looking at Roman homes and buildings, with a particular focus on the role of The Forum.
Through this they will develop their understanding of how historians learn about the past and the significance of the artefacts which have been found at this site.
The Science, this term will focus on materials and their properties. During hook day, the children will investigate reversible and irreversible changes. This learning will culminate in them making choices about the most appropriate materials to use when erupting the volcanoes they have made. Further to this, they will develop their scientific skills through carrying out an investigation into solubility. The children will make predictions, develop their understanding of how to carry out a fair test and look at the different ways in which they can report and present their findings.
English this term will link to our history work on Pompeii. The children will use their knowledge of the story of Mount Vesuvius to create their own narrative, focusing on an escape from Pompeii; this will show the drama and devastation of the eruption. They will explore techniques writers use to do this through their reading of engaging texts.
From this they will then look at examples of non-fiction writing in order to create their own travel guide to Pompeii for children. The objective will be to inform the reader whilst also entertaining; developing the children’s ability to write in a variety of styles and for a range of purposes. Finally, the children will develop an information leaflet to be used as a museum guide for an exhibit of artefacts from Pompeii. They will need to include their historical knowledge as well as engaging the reader with high quality descriptive language and interesting anecdotes.
The children with do lots of work with fractions this half term. Initially they will consolidate their understanding of equivalent fractions then use this to reduce fractions to their simplest form. Following this, they will apply this understanding to ordering and comparing fractions with different denominators. As they become more confident, they will begin to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. Throughout their learning the children will apply strategies taught to problem solve and reason ensuring they make good use of mathematical vocabulary. Towards the end of the half term, the focus in this subject will be linking fractions to their decimal and percentage equivalents.
How you can support your child at home:
This term our PE day will be on a Wednesday and we will swim on a Friday.