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TOWERS, TUNNELS and TURRETS

Our theme for the week is tunnels! Get ready to learn all about them!

ACTIVITY 1

Can you make a tunnel? (Design and Technology)

  • Work outside to create a tunnel using natural materials such as twigs, fallen branches and grass or work inside to create a tunnel from chairs, blankets etc. 
  • Once you have made your structure investigate it to see if you can improve it e.g. make it stronger, stiffer or more stable 
  • Take a photograph of your tunnel and email it to me on p.wilks@johnhunt.notts.sch.uk
ACTIVITY 2

Tunneling Animals (Science)

  • Which tunnelling animal will you research?
  • You could research moles, rabbits, worms, ants, badgers or find your own
  • Think about how you could display your information - information map, picture, report, list, booklet, collage, poster 
  • What information could you find out?
  • Take a photograph of your work and email it to me on p.wilks@johnhunt.notts.sch.uk

 

Examples

  1. What key facts could you record?
  2. How does tunnelling help them?
  3. Do they spend all or just part of their time in their tunnel?
  4. Which physical features help them dig?
Fox
Ant
Badger
Worn
Meerkat
Mole
Mongoose
Rabbit
ACTIVITY 3

World Famous Towers (Geography)

  • What famous towers do you know?
  • Research the following towers from around the world and record key facts about them
  • You could cut out the images of the towers and stick them onto a world map along with key information or record your information as a list on paper 
  • Feel free to display your work in any way you wish
  • Take a photograph of your work and email it in
Zion-mount Carme Tunnel, Utah
Wisteria Tunnel, Japan
Cu Chi Tunnel, Vietnam
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, China
Laerdal Tunnel, Norway
Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
Thames Tunnel, England
Channel Tunnel, England
ACTIVITY 4

The True Story of 'The Great Escape' (History)

The Great Escape, as it came to be known, was a mass escape attempt from the prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III located near the Polish town of Zagan. The prisoners decided to build three tunnels and the plan was to effect the escape of at least 200 men. The tunnels were given the code names ‘Tom’, ‘Dick’ and ‘Harry’. There were two main problems to be considered – How to get rid of the dirt that was dug away and how to prevent the tunnels from collapsing. 

 

  • Follow the links below to find more about 'The Great Escape'
  • What can you find out about the different tunnels they used?
  • How many men escaped?
  • How many men made it home?
  • How many men lived?
  • Discuss the information with an adult in your house

 

The animated movie 'Chicken Run' is based on the story 'The Great Escape'. If you have a copy why not spend some time watching it with your family. You could all cuddle up on the sofa with a big bowl of popcorn or a plate full of lovely healthy snacks.                                         

                                                    

 

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