Term Two.

This term we will be investigating the circumstances that lead to someone becoming a hero. We will be looking at this through the context of natural disasters such as volcanoes and earthquakes.

Technology/Maths Unit

WALT design for a specific purpose.
SC: Think about purpose:
- the user
- functionality – how will it work?
- look and style
Your mission is to design and then build an earthquake-proof building.
You will have

46 toothpicks
4 pegs
2 sheets of paper
2m of Sellotape
a small blob of blutack

These are the building requirements:

  • Model must be at least 50cm in height and be able to fit on an A4 piece of card – 50 points
  • Model must have at least 2 level stories clearly identifiable – 50 points
  • Model must be earthquake proof. If your building survives the shaking at each level you will get points:
A 3.5 Richter scale shake will get you 20 points
A 6.5 Richter scale shake will get you 40 points
A 9 Richter scale shake will get you 60 points

  • Points will be given for originality and style – 10 to 40 points

Maximum score possible is 200 points.

Draw some designs neatly in your book and label them. Plan what materials (and how much) you will use.
Decide on the best design or use parts of all designs. Who will do what when building?

Planning and Design Stage


Building Stage


Final Presentations




Please place your reflective comments here.

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Check out this link to see what happens to a house in an earthquake.

What does an erupting volcano sound like? Watch this video of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland to find out.

Click on this **link** to test your volcano vocabulary.

Videos that may help you with your research.

Presentation tools page.

Learn about layers of the earth and take the quiz here.

Concept: Heroes of the Past
Context: Science/ Social Science / Technology
Theme: Causes and Effects
Key Questions: How have the actions of heroes of the past impacted on our lives today? What are the circumstances that lead to someone becoming a hero? Values Encouraging us to value excellence
School Beliefs Reinforcing our school beliefs in achievement and quality
Principles Through the principle of hauora - well-being
Key Competency Focus Thinking
Students will see themselves as capable learners by:
  • using creative, critical, metacognitive and reflective processes to make sense of and question information, experiences and ideas.
  • reflect on and evaluate the learning; make comparisons between the ideas generated at the beginning of the inquiry and those evident towards the end.

Using language, symbols and texts
Students will see themselves as capable learners by:
  • interpreting and using words, numbers, images, movement, metaphor and technologies in a range of contexts.
  • create records of experiences and information gathered.

Key Understandings
  • Actions of a hero can affect future generations.
  • Heroes arise out of crisis / times of need.

Underpinning Knowledge
  • We can all be heroes

Key Vocabulary
volcano, volcanoes, landform, magma, molten, eruption, mantle, tectonic, active, intermittent, dormant, extinct, fault, tsunami, mineral

Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
  • Investigate and describe processes which change the Earth's surface over time. Assessment: Labelled diagram / model.
  • Describe how people's ideas / actions have impacted on the lives of others. Assessment: Inquiry presentation.
  • Explain how building and construction methods have been adapted to suit particular environments. Assessment: Present an example and explain the adaptations made and why.

Term One.

Room 16 shared their thoughts about what a hero is. This is a display of the main words and ideas we came up with...