Time to go Teaching
Sunday morning and team members at Everything Dinosaur, are in the office sorting out teaching materials ready for another busy day carrying out dinosaur themed experiments and science themed course work with school children. We have an early start tomorrow morning (5am), so it is even more important that we prepare all the teaching materials and resources today before we set off tomorrow for a trip to the Lake District and a school visit.
The school is holding a “Dino Day” and we are the guests of honour. Well as a matter of fact, I think the pupils are rather looking forward to the fossil casting experiments and the work on the dinosaur trackway we have planned, than meeting up with one or two old fossils such as ourselves. As qualified teachers with the backing and support of a number of Government led educational organisations, Everything Dinosaur gets involved in a lot of school work, supporting national curriculum activities at key stages 1, 2 and 3. Having to contend with dinosaur fans at various ages from 4 years to 12 years can be a bit of a challenge in itself but with the innovative and enthusiastic approach from our staff we seem to manage this.
Tomorrow we are conducting a series of experiments, the morning session is dedicated to dinosaur digestion, linking in with school work associated with teeth and nutrition, with a sub-plot of food chains. In the afternoon, we are turning “dinosaur detectives” and taking the slightly older children on a trip back in time to the early Jurassic to look at the evidence that a dinosaur trackway (trace fossil) can provide.
Dinosaur Detectives – Looking at Evidence and Interpretation
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur
This morning we intend sorting out what we need and in readiness for another 15 hour day. Spending so long out of the office, we turn to the equipment we use on our fossil hunting expeditions, most importantly of all, the lunch boxes, and the thermos flask. After all, we must be properly provisioned.