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Thockley Primary School

ThrockleyPrimary School

Earthquake in Year 4!

As part of their enquiry question, ‘Just how powerful is our natural world?’, Y4 have conducted an experiment which involved designing and building a structure that was ‘earthquake-proof’.  Using what they have learned about architectural techniques which help buildings to survive an earthquake, they designed their structures to have wide bases, X shapes and deep foundations.  They then tested how their structures performed during a simulated earthquake which was actually a tray full of jelly that wobbled like the earth’s surface.  If your child is in Y4, be sure to ask them about the techniques that they used and how their structure survived the earthquake!