Checking in with Class 10

Over the last few weeks. Class 10 have getting up to all sorts in the afternoons. Read on to find out what we have been up to!

Interviews with Ernest Shackleton & Frank Worsley
For our unit of work on Shackleton’s Journey by William Gill, each child in Class 10 took on the role of one of Endurance‘s crew. This role shaped their writing in-character through ship’s log entries, letter writing and role-playing.

Below, we have pictures of the boys of Class 10 being interviewed in role for a position on Endurance either by Ernest Shackleton himself (Adam) or by Frank Worsley, ship’s captain (Jack).

All the children answered well; using research they had carried out on their crew-member to come up with relevant answers to some tricky questions devised by Shackleton and Worsley.

We looked at earthquake zones around the world and thought about how it might feel to live and go to school in areas where your day-to-day life could be suddenly interrupted by the terrifying rumble of an earthquake.

We learned that all of these areas would have emergency procedures to follow in the event of an earthquake. We researched what these might be, using iPads to gain information from disaster preparedness websites.

We found that following these three simple rules could save your life!

1 DROP: By getting down on all fours, you reduce the risk of being thrown from your feet by the quake and crawl to shelter.

2 COVER: Get under the nearest available cover – e.g. a sturdy table -to protect yourself from falling debris. If a sturdy table isn’t available, it is best to shelter right up against an inside wall.

3 HOLD ON: If you have found shelter under a table or similar sturdy structure, hold onto it with one hand to keep yourself from being thrown out from under it during the quake. Be ready to move with your shelter if it gets moved about. Although you would be more exposed without shelter, you should do your best in those situations to hold on to the back of your neck and head in order to offer as much protection to those delicate areas as possible.

Volcano Art

Inspired by the art of Margaret Godfrey, we used tissue paper and PVA glue to create artistic representations of volcanic eruptions.

Watercolour Earth
During learning about how volcanoes are formed, we learned about the different layers of the Earth that start with the Inner Core in the center, followed by the Outer Core, Mantle, and Crust (on which we live).
We created watercolour models to help others understand this. On top we painted a representation of the Earth’s surface, and underneath we painted a cross-section of the Earth showing the four layers.

Marshmallow Engineers
One Friday, Class 10 became building engineers; experimenting to find which shapes make for the strongest buildings. It turned out to be trickier than it sounded!

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