Christ The King RC Primary School

Earthquakes and Volcanoes:

How does the Earth shake, rattle and roll?

Our earth is dynamic and ever-changing. In this unit, children will explore the dynamism of the earth. They will learn about its structure and look particularly at the causes and distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes and their effects on landscape and people. They will also be introduced to the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, the most active region on earth, and consider why people choose to live on the flanks of volcanoes and in earthquake zones when both can be life-threatening. Furthermore, children will learn that volcanoes have existed throughout geological time, and that there are actually several different types!

How can I support learning at home?

You can reinforce and support pupils' learning through lots of ways:

  • Describe the effects of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
  • Give some reasons why people choose to live in earthquake zones and close to active volcanoes
  • Know where the most active earthquake and volcanic areas are and find them on a map
  • Name and research examples of volcanic eruptions and major earthquake disasters
  • Research the effects of topical earthquakes and eruptions on the local population (damaged and destroyed roads and buildings, flooding) and wider population (such as disruption to air traffic by volcanic ash clouds) and on landscape.
  • Do an Internet search to see if there are any webcams recording the events.
  • Find out about the effects of major eruptions including those of Krakatoa in 1883, Pinatubo in 1991 and Vesuvius in 79 AD on Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Read through and discuss the following information at: 

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