All about dinosaurs, fossils and prehistoric animals by Everything Dinosaur team members.
2 10, 2013

Dinosaurs Go to School

By | October 2nd, 2013|Educational Activities|0 Comments

Year 1 and Year 2 Pupils Learn All About Dinosaurs

Pupils at Bentley High Street Primary School were visited by a team member from Everything Dinosaur recently as Year 1 and Year 2 were studying all things dinosaur for their autumn term Key Stage One topic.  The children were very knowledgeable and clearly the subject had been a big success with the school boasting a number of young palaeontologists under the tutelage of the enthusiastic teaching team.  The Year 1 pupils, two classes 1H and 1G, had lots of examples of their writing, posters and artwork on display in the classrooms. Mrs Gallacher’s class (1G)  had set up their very own dinosaur museum, full of examples of the work that the children had been doing over the course of the term.

Class Dinosaur Museum

Classroom dinosaur museum.

Classroom dinosaur museum.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The teaching team had carefully posted up a number of key words and phrases to do with dinosaurs and fossils.  For example, words such as carnivore and herbivore can be explained using dinosaurs such as T. rex and Triceratops respectively.  This ties in nicely with the parameters of the Key Stage One science syllabus learning about animals and habitats.  There were examples of the children’s work, how data can be handled and some applied maths on display all allied to the teaching aims and objectives for children in Year 1 (aged from 5-6).

One of the dinosaur pictures on display within 1G’s classroom was nicknamed “Tissue-oh-saurus” in reference to the clever use of tissue paper to make the bones that represented the skeleton.  Our team members have made simple illustrations such as this and they are great as a teaching aid when helping children to remember parts of the body.

A Lovely “Tissue-oh-saurus” on Display

A "Tissue-oh-saurus"

A "Tissue-oh-saurus"

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Prehistoric animals and fossils as a term topic can lend itself to all sorts of activities, not only creative illustrations such as this but also the subject can encourage children with their writing skills and sentence construction. For example, Miss Headley and class 1H had been studying a storybook about dinosaur poo, there was some fossil poo (coprolite) in one of the boxes that Everything Dinosaur had brought into the school, so in the afternoon whilst Year 2 were treated to a dinosaur workshop, Miss Headley took the fossil into her classroom and showed it to the children.  No doubt she inspired her class to make up some wonderful stories about prehistoric animals.

The Year 2 teachers Miss Stafford and Miss Morley, aided by their hard-working support staff  had got lots of examples of the children’s work posted up around the classrooms and in the adjacent corridor.  Paper plates had been used to help some of the Year 2 pupils make dinosaurs and the children were fascinated to learn that actually there was a dinosaur called Plateosaurus.  To check learning, a Plateosaurus fact sheet written by Everything Dinosaur’s experts and drawing materials featuring Plateosaurus was emailed to the school with the challenge for the children to see if they could work out whether Plateosaurus was a herbivore or a carnivore.

Children in Year 2 Create Dinosaurs from Paper Plates

Dinosaurs made from plates, a wall display featuring Plateosaurus!

Dinosaurs made from plates, a wall display featuring Plateosaurus!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

What a colourful collection of “Plateosaurs”

Part of the back wall in 2S’s class displayed a wonderful dinosaur diorama.  Interspersed between the various prehistoric animals were smaller drawings done by individual children.  The display was very bright and cheerful with the big teeth of a Tyrannosaurus rex carefully included in the artwork.

Children from Year 2 and their Dinosaur Wall Display

Colourful prehistoric animals.

Colourful prehistoric animals.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Wonderful, colourful dinosaurs, a bright red Ankylosaur, a purple Stegosaurus and looking down on the scene a lovely blue coloured Sauropod whilst in the background a volcano erupts.  The children asked about how the dinosaurs became extinct and we touched upon the relationship between dinosaurs and birds.  There was even a question asked about how dinosaurs go to sleep.  We tried our best to answer all the questions from the eager young dinosaur fans (even answered one or two questions posed by the HLTAs and LSAs as well).

2 10, 2013

Dinosaurs and Fossils Visit School

By | October 2nd, 2013|Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Dinosaurs and Fossils Visit School

Key Stage 1 Pupils Learn All About Fossils

For Key Stage 1 pupils at Bentley High Street Primary, their dinosaur themed term topic was rounded off by a visit from the dinosaur and fossil experts at Everything Dinosaur.  The Year 1 and Year 2 pupils had been studying dinosaurs as the term topic and the children had clearly enjoyed the topic and learned a lot.  The Year one pupils in classes 1G and 1H showed lots of examples of their writing, poster art and data tables that they had produced.  Mrs Gallacher (teacher 1G), had even turned part of her classroom into a dinosaur museum so that the children’s work could be displayed.

The Dinosaur Museum in Class 1G

Key Stage 1 pupils display their work.

Key Stage 1 pupils display their work.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Bentley High Street Primary

A dinosaur term topic permits the learning support providers to introduce some basic scientific concepts such as food chains as well as exploring living and extinct creatures and making comparisons between them.  It lends itself to lots of creative writing extension activities as well as helping to enthuse the children about maths and numbers, after all, what six year old can refuse a maths quiz that involves counting and then subtracting plates from a Stegosaurus or the playing of a counting game with our dinosaur experts which involves the teeth from a very large, meat-eating dinosaur.

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The teachers with the support of the teaching assistants had posted up a number of cards with key words and phrases to do with dinosaurs and fossils.  Our dinosaur expert was happy to assist and advise when it came to this extension activity.  For instance, words such as herbivore, omnivore and carnivore were explained, with the children looking at their own teeth to see their different shapes.  This dovetails into the teaching objectives and aims of the Key Stage 1 science syllabus which involves learning about animals and habitats.

 There were examples of the children’s work, how data can be presented using simple tables and very colourful bar graphs and some applied maths on display all allied to the teaching aims for children in Year 1 (aged from five to six years).

There was also a lot of very beautiful artwork on display.  We had suggested using white tissue paper to make a piece of art with the tissue representing the bones of the prehistoric animal.  The tissue paper was rolled into various shapes and stuck onto brown sugar paper.   The skeleton, our “Tissue-oh-saurus” made a lovely display.  Such simple illustrations are a great way to get the children to remember different parts of the body.

A “Tissue-oh-saurus” Created by Key Stage 1 Pupils

An innovative use of cheap and readily available teaching resources.

An innovative use of cheap and readily available teaching resources.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Bentley High Street Primary

We suggested that the skeleton should be labelled by the children to help reinforce learning about different parts of the body.

Year 2 children were keen to demonstrate their learning and we quizzed them on ideas as to why the dinosaurs became extinct.  One of the walls of the classroom (2S) had a fantastic dinosaur diorama on display.  The mural was very colourful and when we showed the teeth of a Tyrannosaurus rex, the pupils were quick to point out how accurate their wall mural was.

Year 2 Children Produced a Super Dinosaur Themed Display

Colourful dinosaurs on display.

Colourful dinosaurs on display.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Bentley High Street Primary

The teaching team thanked our team members for their help with the term topic and later on that day, we emailed over some further information and teaching extension ideas, just as we had promised.

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