This half-term, we’ve been geographers. Specifically, we’ve been learning about volcanoes. We’ve studied plate tectonics and learnt how volcanoes are formed. We’ve investigated where they are and thought about whether volcanoes are a good or bad thing – the answer isn’t as obvious as it seems.
In particular, we’ve studied two volcanic eruptions in detail: Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 (which you might remember) and Mt Vesuvius in 79AD (which you probably don’t remember – although I’m regularly told how old parents are).
We learnt about the negative aspects of volcanic eruptions: the disruption to travel, the destroying of infrastructure and the loss of life. And, we learnt about the positive aspects of volcanoes: geothermal energy, rich soil for farming and tourism.
Help at home by…
- asking your child about their learning
- researching volcanoes at home
- looking for articles or books about volcanoes
- using Google Earth to look at some volcanoes
A little challenge, can your child…
- tell you some information about the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010
- tell you some information about the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD
- explain some of the positive and negative aspects of volcanoes
- tell you where some volcanoes are
A little extra challenge..
- Can your child tell you more about the word volcano and what it means (a clue: it’s Latin!)