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Fragile Earth

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This term Sycamore are learning about the Fragile Earth! Everyone will receive a Fragile Earth homework grid which contains different homework activities they can choose to strengthen their knowledge on tectonic plates, natural disasters and sustainability (e.g. recycling) - it is completely up to them which task they complete. Here is a copy of it: 

Fragile Earth!

This term we are completing a project on Fragile Earth where we are learning about the earth and different natural events. During our writing lessons, we have been learning about a major eruption in Pompeii, from Mount Vesuvius, this event occurred in 79A.D on the 24th-25th August. On Thursday 14th April, Sycamore class experienced the time period of 79AD (when Mount Vesuvius erupted) by dramatizing the event.


Michael, Emily, Belle, Aaron and James. 

Mount Vesuvius Drama

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Mount Vesuvius – Newspapers

During Week 3 of this term, Sycamore had the chance to become reporters and write a newspaper report about Mount Vesuvius on the computer. When we did this we considered our headlines, subheadings, stand first and images that hooked the audience to read our newspaper reports. As a class we created a whole newspaper about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius! We enjoyed this experience because Sycamore love it when they have the laptops.


By Leo and Michael 

Tectonic Plates

In term 5 we have been learning about tectonic plates. We have learnt that tectonics plates make up the earth’s crust and when they rub, move towards or apart from each other it can cause natural disasters (for example: earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions) to occur.


By Kadi and Rebecca


In geography we have been studying volcanoes. We learnt that a volcano forms when the pressure in the magma becomes too much and bursts through the crust, forming a crater. Over time lots of layers build up, due to eruptions. Lava explodes out of the volcano and creates a river of lava. 


By Charlie and Lucy


In the past month, Sycamore class have been learning about earthquakes, we spent time researching the levels of shock waves by looking at the different measures on the Richter Scale. We found out that the middle of an earthquake is called the epicentre – this area will get the full force of seismic shock waves. Did you know since ancient times animals have been known to act strangely before earth tremors? At a level 5.0 on the Richter Scale windows can break, by level 7.0 bridges and buildings can collapse and by level 8.0 there can be total destruction.


By Daisy and Jake 


Hurricanes form over really warm water (ocean water). They gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters. The wind must be blowing in the same direction and at the same speed to force the cool air upward from the ocean. As a hurricane’s winds spiral around the storm, they push cool air into the storms centre (eye) and hold on to moisture from the ocean. When the storm reaches land this water causes flooding. Rising air and water temperatures world-wide create more frequent and severe hurricanes. We also learnt that hurricanes can reach speeds of 120km per hour which is really fast.


By Leron, Ollie and James


This term Sycamore class have been focusing on many natural disasters including tsunamis. We personally think that learning about tsunamis was the funniest because we spent time developing our knowledge from a powerpoint and then got to draw a diagram. After that we watched an amazing demonstration, in which some of us got very wet (do not worry it was done outside!), because Miss Hillier filled a whole tray – to the top – with water…then she held on to the side, shook it, then dropped it so to represent an earthquake under the sea. When it was shaken it formed a mini tsunami. It was really fun!


By Emily and Amelie

Monsoons and Flooding

This term our topic is Fragile Earth (with a focus on natural disasters). On Tuesday 17th May we learnt about monsoons and floods. We also learnt about how they occur and top tips on how to keep safe. There are two types of monsoon; a winter and summer monsoon which are caused by different temperatures between the land and sea. Here are some top tips:

  • Pack a disaster bag
  • Stay in a high place
  • Never drive though deep water

Also flooding is caused by heavy rain which has fallen for a long time. Floods can cause loss of homes, property and life!  


By Poppy, Belle, Ed and Joel 


On Wednesday 18th May, Sycamore class had a lesson on droughts. We learnt how droughts start and what they are. Here is a bit of information:

Droughts form by it not raining or snowing for a period of time so it is really hot for a long time, therefore the ground brakes because the ground does not have moisture and this can cause people to become thirsty or starve (due to food being unable to be produced).


By Aaron and Dylan  


On Wednesday 18th May, Sycamore class spent time learning about wildfires. Wildfires, which are also known as bushfires in Australia, are unwanted land fires. They can occur anywhere but are common in the USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa. Here are a few safety rules for staying safe during a wildfire:

  • If advised, evacuate immediately; for it might spread to your house
  • Choose a safe path away from fire hazards; for might be heading towards a danger zone

The effects of wildfires can be devastating and can result in: homelessness, loss of habitats for animals and health problems for people.


By Jim and Luca