Earth Matters

Block E - Earthquakes

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 and key aspects of earthquakes. Find out about the movement of tectonic plates and about seismic waves. Learn about life in an earthquake zone; compile and practise a class earthquake drill; find out how buildings are built to withstand earthquakes and then design your own earthquake-proof structure.

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: Earthquakes and plate tectonics

Learn about earthquakes and the movement of tectonic plates.

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02: What happens when an earthquake strikes?

What happens when an earthquake strikes? Find out about seismic waves and make a DIY seismograph.

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03: Living in an earthquake zone

Gain an understanding of life in an earthquake zone. Compile and practise your own class earthquake drill.

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04: Earthquake survival

Identify the factors that make buildings withstand earthquakes and make an earthquake-proof structure using marshmallows and straws on a ‘ground’ of jelly.