Our Term 4 Literacy unit looks at 'Escape from Pompeii.' Read on ........
"And then, in one terrible endless moment, they heard mighty Mount Vesuvius roar. Its top exploded in a scream, and flames ripped upward to the sky. A massive cloud of silver ash rose to the heavens, twisting and bubbling in every direction until everything was in total darkness."
Tranio, like most Roman boys, likes to watch whatever is going on: tradesmen selling their goods, ships unloading their exotic cargoes, politicians making speeches in the forum. But one hot August day a very different scene unfolds. The ground begins to shake, the sky to darken. People run gasping for air. Heading for the harbour, Tranio and his friend Livia hide on a boat and witness one of the most terrifying moments in recorded history-the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of their beloved city, Pompeii.
Christina Balit's fictional tale is based on the latest research. With her dramatic illustrations and a historical note, this story makes an exciting introduction to a fascinating subject.
Our Term 4 Science unit is.......................ROCKS!!
Through this unit, children will compare and describe different kinds of rocks; describe how fossils are formed and hopefully have a go at making their own fossils. They will recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter; to see how we can group rocks based on their properties and make systematic and careful observations; to explain Mary Anning’s contribution to palaeontology; write Mary Anning’s diary as a piece of extended writing and, hopefully, write a review of The Natural History Museum based on our visit!