Year 5 have been learning about volcanoes and earthquakes. We were lucky enough to have a volcanoes workshop from an expert with a PhD in earthquake and volcanic studies!
We learnt all about the structure of the earth, learning language like the core, mantle and crust. She explained to us how tectonic plates move and how this can cause earthquakes and volcanoes. We got to wear amazing 3D glasses to watch lava coming out of a volcano – it looked like it was erupting straight towards us! We are now able to name the two different types of volcano – shield and composite, as well as naming the different categories – extinct, dormant and active.
Another skill we have learnt in Year 5 is how to locate these volcanoes on a map and how to use an atlas. We located the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and learnt all about the amazing natural hexagon shape that the lava created when it cooled (pictured below). We have also linked our geography to our English writing, as we are currently writing a newspaper article about the Mount St Helens eruption (pictured below).