Earth Matters

Block D - Volcanoes

This topic is an excellent introduction to the key aspects of physical Geography that children need to understand and describe in KS2. The children gain a thorough knowledge of the water cycle, coasts and rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, climate zones and biomes through applying the knowledge gained from their research in practical tasks such as model making, drama, artwork and dance.

Learn about the features of volcanoes, their formation and discover how they are distributed around the world. Along the way they create models, artwork, volcano dances, music and ‘David Attenborough’ style commentaries.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: How are volcanoes formed?

The children learn about tectonic plates and the formation of volcanoes before making a play dough model of the earth and its layers.

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02: Where in the world are volcanoes?

After looking at the location and also the different traits of volcanoes the children mark the Ring of Fire on a world map.

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03: What does a volcano look like on the inside?

Reinforcing the knowledge they have gained so far, the children create their own volcanic layered artwork inspired by the work of artist Margaret Godfrey.

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04: What is an eruption like?

Consolidating their knowledge of volcanoes the children create volcano dances, volcano music and make up ‘David Attenborough’ style commentaries.