The postcards themselves offer material that will stretch students’ vocabulary and scientific literacy. Especially:
PostcardsFromVolcanoes Educational Benefits
Primary National Curriculum Science:
Pupils should be taught to
- compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
- describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
- recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter
Notes and guidance (non-statutory)
Linked with work in geography, pupils should explore different kinds of rocks and soils, including those in the local environment.
Pupils might work scientifically by: observing rocks, including those used in buildings and gravestones, and exploring how and why they might have changed over time; using a hand lens or microscope to help them to identify and classify rocks according to whether they have grains or crystals, and whether they have fossils in them. Pupils might research and discuss the different kinds of living things whose fossils are found in sedimentary rock and explore how fossils are formed. Pupils could explore different soils and identify similarities and differences between them and investigate what happens when rocks are rubbed together or what changes occur when they are in water. They can raise and answer questions about the way soils are formed.
Secondary National Curriculum
- the composition of the Earth
- the structure of the Earth
- the rock cycle and the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
Meet Doctor Volcano!!
Dr Volcano is the alterego of volcano scientist Dr Dougal Jerram.
Dr V sends Tanno and Iguda on their expedition to find out all sorts of information about volcanoes.
Volcanologist extraordinaire, Dr Dougal Jerram is the author of PostcardsFromVolcanoes. He’s also an author of books about volcanoes, for all ages and academic levels, which you can check out on his website at dougalearth.com. In particular, do check out the adventures of Victor the Volcano.
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