Year 6

Creators and destroyers

On average, a volcanic eruption occurs somewhere on Earth each week! Volcanic eruptions are often seen as devastating events, but they are also instrumental in providing rich fertile soils and mineral deposits.

Creators and destroyers addresses AC Science Understanding ACSSU096 Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth’s surface, through the context of volcanoes.

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Creators and destroyers provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • examine the effects of a volcanic eruption
  • explore the relationship between the shape of a volcano and lava viscosity
  • discuss the potential benefits and risks of living near volcanoes
  • use data to draw conclusions about the geological events

Students apply their new learning by:

  • analysing data and conducting research into the locations of volcanoes around the world and the factors that cause them to occur in the locations

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development. In Creators and destroyers, students represent and explain their understanding about how sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth’s surface, by creating these representations:

  • Cross section
  • Factual recount
  • Glossary
  • Ideas map
  • Oral presentation
  • Summary
  • Data table
  • T-chart
  • Word wall


This is a classic Primary Connections sequence aligned with the Australian Curriculum V8.4. It is only available as a downloadable package.

The Creators and destroyers sequence package includes all the resources you need to teach this sequence, including:

  • The Creators and destroyers unit PDF
  • Equipment list
  • Australian Curriculum v8.4 alignment
  • Student eResource sheets
  • Assessment resources:
    • Assessment rubrics
    • Work samples
    • Student self-assessment
    • Achievement standard class checklist

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