When they arrived they were shown a news bulletin that informed them of tremors in Beijing so they evacuated classrooms and headed to the basement. After cups of hot chocolate to calm the nerves, they learnt what to do in the event of an earthquake and even practiced bandaging for a sprained wrist. They also learnt some of the key terms they would be using over the course of the topic through a variety of written activities.
In the afternoon, the children explored different volcanos as they put on the VR headsets in the maker space. They investigated the aftermath of earthquakes around the world and had to guess how high on the Richter scale each earthquake had been.
The children also used marshmallows and spaghetti to create earthquake proof towers which were tested against violent tremors.
It was a busy day and an excellent opportunity for the children to build on their curiosity. They all look forward to learning more about what makes our Earth so fascinating.
By Matthew Maynard
Year 3 Parrots Teacher