Lapal Primary School and the Diplodocus

Pupils at Lapal Primary school in Halesowen (England) have been travelling back in time to visit the age of Dinosaurs with a range of teaching activities organised for years 1 and 2.

Students have been getting to grips with fearsome creatures such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptors as well as marvelling at peaceful plant eating giants such as the armoured Stegosaurus and the huge Diplodocus.

For these young palaeontologists and their teachers, dinosaur themed activities have included creating their own prehistoric animal models and helping to paint gigantic posters featuring well-known dinosaurs.  The posters have been used to decorate the classrooms and the corridors.

For Miss Loughton’s class (2L) the front of the classroom is now adorned with an enormous Diplodocus grazing on a tree fern.  This artwork has been lovingly created by the children aided by Miss Loughton and the class teaching assistant Mrs Holden.

 

Lapal Primary School and their Diplodocus (class 2L)

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture shows the Diplodocus mural (Diplodocus longus), we loved the spotted decorations and the addition of a tree fern so that this herbivorous dinosaur could be depicted chomping on plants.  After all, with a twenty tonne body to sustain, scientists believe that animals such as Diplodocus probably spent most of the time eating.

The Head of the Diplodocus

Diplodocus close up

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A close up of Lapal Primary school’s Diplodocus about to take a bite out of a tree fern.

Dinosaurs make a great topic for primary school children, helping them to express their creativity with story writing, imaginative play and aiding numeracy and reading development.

It was a real pleasure visiting the school and working with years 1 and 2, helping with the dinosaur experiments and showing some of our fossils.  Our thanks to all the students, teaching assistants and teachers who helped make the day so special.

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