This week in the younger class, the children have been studying volcanoes. This work sprung from a story about the Earth and its distinct layers – inner core, outer core, and mantle. The children came to understand that a volcano is simply an opening in the earths surface allowing gas, hot magma and ash to escape from beneath the crust. The children went on to make a model volcano – interesting conversations were had around the table – ‘what type of volcano will I make?’ The children shared their thought and ideas with each other and a lot of excitement was felt. They inspired each other and worked together fuelling their own learning. They learnt about the differences between a composite volcano, a shield volcano and a cone volcano. This work was then written up in their very own Volcano Book which they made and bound together using needle and thread. To top it off an ash cloud was added!