ESCAPE FROM POMPEII ( Extreme Earth )
Upper School Spring Term Project 2021
This term, children will be learning about the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius and its effects on the Roman town of Pompeii. This project combines learning of History and Geography. We will learn about the Founding of Rome, life during this period and Boudicca’s Rebellion. We will develop our map reading skills and World Geography knowledge as we trace the growth of the Roman Empire. We will also develop our understanding of British, human and physical geography by learning about Roman roads and their importance for transport, trade and defence. Further geographical learning will come from our studies of different natural disasters, how and where they occur, including volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts and hurricanes.
Children will develop their Science skills by learning about forces such as gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction, all of which play important and dangerous parts in natural disasters on our planet. They will also be learning about properties of materials by imagining that they are Romans who need weapons, shields, armour and building materials. We will explore magnetism, malleability, flexibility, conductivity and transparency.
When natural disasters occur, aid from around the world is urgent and we will learn about the work of the British Red Cross charity. As one of the Queen’s charities, the British Red Cross benefited from the fundraising of the song ‘Sing’ by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band. During Music lessons, children will learn to play this song on the keyboard by reading musical notation on the bass and treble clef.
In Art, children will explore and recreate Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ using a variety of different artistic techniques such as line drawing, shading, collage and layering. They will experiment with different materials (poster paint, pastels, crayon, pencil) to create a range of effects and use these in a completed piece of work. In learning about a great artist and his work, we will be exploring how to draw familiar objects with correct proportions and with three dimensions.
During Literacy, pupils will continue to develop their key writing skills through various genres, including newspapers, information texts and narratives, all based around the theme of Pompeii