Force of Nature
This term Year 3 are going on a whirlwind adventure with their learning, as they dive below the surface of the Earth and into a world of volcanos and earthquakes!
Our English this term will be taught through two texts which link to our topic - 'When the Giant Stirred' and 'Escape to Pompeii'. Through these texts children will discover what life might be like living near a volcano as well as about the eruption of Vesuvius and will use this knowledge in their persuasive and recount writing.
In geography, children will discover how volcanos are formed, where in the world they can be found and what causes them to erupt. They will also learn about what causes earthquakes and how these, along with other forces of nature, can cause damage.
Children will have the opportunity to respond to their learning about earthquakes and the devastation they can cause in design and technology, where they will be to designing, developing and making a prototype of an earthquake-proof building. They will even be testing them on our own earthquake simulator - a plate of very wobbly jelly!
In science, children will be learning about the term 'forces' and what different types of forces there are, including magnetism. Children will combine their knowledge to create seismometers to measure forces and will learn how these can help people detect earthquakes.