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Week 2- commencing 30th March

Monday 30th March

In areas where earthquakes happen often, builders have to make sure that they build houses and other buildings that can withstand an earthquake and don't get destroyed.  These are called earthquake-proof buildings. It is particularly important that skyscrapers (really tall buildings) are earthquake-proof because if they collapse, it will cause a lot of destruction. 

Today, you are going to design your own earthquake-proof skyscraper and then tomorrow (Tuesday) you are going to make a model of it! 

Below is a planning sheet for you to use to design your earthquake-proof skyscraper. You can either print off the sheet and fill it in or copy and complete the sections of the plan into your home learning book. 

Make sure that you label your drawing of your earthquake-proof skyscraper. You need to also think carefully about which tools and materials you are going to use to build your model (for example, scissors are a tool and cardboard boxes are a material). It is completely up to you which tools and materials you use. You can use whichever tools and materials that you have around your house. Please make sure that you ask an adults permission before using something though!

Below is a Powerpoint which gives real life examples of earthquake-proof skyscrapers from around the world. The Powerpoint also gives examples of techniques builders use to make sure that the skyscrapers don't collapse. You may like to use these techniques in your design. 

Tuesday 31st March

Today, you are going to build a model of the earthquake-proof skyscraper that you designed yesterday. Remember you can use any tools and materials that you have in your home to make your model but please get an adults permission before using them!

There are three success criteria that your model skyscraper needs to fulfil:

  • It must be able to stand upright on a table. 
  • It has to be able to withstand 10 seconds of shaking.
  • It has to be 30cm or taller. 

Once you have made your model, test it by placing it on a table and then shaking the table. Does your skyscraper stay together and not collapse? Does it also meet the other success criteria?

Wednesday 1st March

Have you been watching and completing Joe Wicks' Daily workouts? Today's task is for you to be like Joe Wicks and create your own workout. Your workout needs to have at least 5 exercises which can be written down in your home learning book. If you are unsure of what exercises you could include in your workout, you can watch some of Joe Wicks' videos for inspiration. There is a link to this on the Year 4 home learning homepage. 

Once you have created your workout, why not get your family to try it out where you lead them through the exercises!

Thursday 2nd March

During this time, the NHS are working very hard and are doing an amazing job to help those who are unfortunately not very well get better. To show your appreciation for the work they are doing, you might have stood outside your door at 8pm one evening last week to clap for them. You may even know someone who is working for the NHS as a doctor, nurse, social worker etc. 

Your task today is to create a poster or card thanking the NHS for all the working they are doing. You can either do this on a piece of paper or in your books. If you know someone who works for the NHS, you may even want to given them your poster/card once you are finished. 

Friday 3rd March

During geography this term, you have learnt about the different habitats found within the tropics and what each of these habitats' climates are like (climate is weather over a long period of time). There is a Powerpoint below to help remind you what these tropical habitats are and what their climates are like. 

Your task today is to copy and complete the table below comparing the similarities and differences between the climate here in the UK and the climate in the tropics. You will need to think about the climate in all four types of tropical habitats, not just one of them. 

Similarities between the climate in the UK and the tropics Differences between the climate in the UK and the tropics.

Once you have completed your table, there is an answer sheet below. You might have even thought of some other similarities and differences that aren't on the answer sheet!