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Active Planet - Earthquakes and Volcanoes

 

The Big Idea

The tectonic plates that form the Earth’s crust are always moving. Even the smallest movement can cause huge earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis that devastate communities across wide areas. If we can understand what is happening underground we can learn to predict and protect ourselves in the future.

 

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About how the Earth is formed
  • What a volcano island is and where they are in the world
  • What causes an earthquake
  • How earthquakes can be measured


In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • What makes buildings strong
  • About protective clothing and equipment
  • About how to put together a survival kit


In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • What happens when a volcano erupts
  • What happens when rock melts
  • How volcanoes can give off poisonous gas


In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to use instruments to make sound pictures
  • How to compose our own piece of music 


In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the devastation of Pompeii


In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • About hot and cold colours
  • About using different materials and techniques to represent a volcano


In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to use lots of different sequences of movement to show the story of volcanoes


In Society, we’ll be finding out:

  • About legends associated with volcanoes
  • Why people continue to live in volcanic areas despite the dangers


In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About international organisations that work after natural disasters
  • About the knock-on effects of earthquakes and volcanic activity


Theme 2: Bright Sparks! Electricity

 

The Big Idea

Electricity is a type of energy. We use electricity in our lighting and heating, TVs and computers, cars and trains, toys and games – even clocks and watches use electricity. In today’s world, most people use electricity every single day. We would find it difficult to live without electricity. But how does electricity really work?

 

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make an electrical circuit
  • Which materials allow electricity to pass through them
  • What happens when we change a circuit
  • How to build bigger circuits
  • About magnetism and electricity
  • About using electricity as heat
  • How to keep safe around electricity


In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make a house with lighting and a door buzzer


In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the history of the electric light bulb


In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How we produce electricity in our country
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