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29 01, 2014

School Children Make “Egg-citing” Dinosaur Discovery

By | January 29th, 2014|Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on School Children Make “Egg-citing” Dinosaur Discovery

Dinosaurs Inspire a Creative Writing Exercise

The Literacy Co-ordinator at Yeading Infant and Nursery School turned to Everything Dinosaur to help motivate Key Stage 1 pupils when it came to a novel creative writing exercise.  Mrs Siyani, wanted to motivate Year 1 and Year 2 pupils to write and a visit from a fossil expert from Everything Dinosaur was just the ticket when it came to enthusing the children to think up and write stories with a prehistoric animal theme.  The pupils discovered a strange object out in the school vegetable patch.  It was identified as a dinosaur’s egg.  Under the teaching team’s supervision, the children had to write letters to our dinosaur experts explaining what they had found and asking for help in looking after the eggs.  Would a dinosaur expert be able to visit the school?

Had the School Children Found a Dinosaur’s Egg?

Helping to motivate children with a creative writing topic.

Helping to motivate children with a creative writing topic.

Picture Credit: Yeading Infant and Nursery School

Prior to the visit the children had created various displays all about dinosaurs.  The girls and boys had made posters with lots of facts on them and explained using a comic strip format how the egg was discovered.  During a break from the dinosaur workshops, the fossil experts were give a tour of the school work by the budding palaeontologists.

A number of creative writing extension ideas and activities came out of the school visit, including one where the children were encouraged to write thank you letters to the team members.  The dinosaur themed creative writing exercise certainly proved inspirational for the children and the teaching team.

An Example of One of the Letters Sent into Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur to the Rescue.

Everything Dinosaur to the Rescue.

Picture Credit: Yeading Infant and Nursery School

A spokesperson for Everything Dinosaur stated:

“When working with the teaching team we wanted to help them come up with dinosaur themed creative writing ideas for Key Stage 1.  From our huge mail bag that we received, our school visit must have been very successful”.

29 01, 2014

School Children Make “Egg-citing” Dinosaur Discovery

By | January 29th, 2014|Educational Activities, Teaching|0 Comments

Primary School Children Get to Grips with Writing Thanks to Dinosaurs

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have received reports from Yeading Infant and Nursery School that a strange object has been found in the school’s discovery play area.  A number of children examined the large, white object with the help of their enthusiastic teachers and it has been decided that a dinosaur could have built a nest and laid an egg in the school grounds.  Encouraged by their school’s literacy co-ordinator Mrs Siyani, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils wrote letters to our dinosaur experts inviting one of our team members to visit the school to teach about dinosaurs and to help with a programme of creative writing that had been inspired by the discovery.

Could This Be a Dinosaur Egg?

Dinosaur Egg helps with creative writing week.

Dinosaur egg helps with creative writing week.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur received lots of letters from school children inviting one of the company’s experts to visit the school, our thanks to Tiya, Jeevan, Amani, Shanaiya, Habib, Praveen, Zara, Arham, Hanan and all their chums for writing to us.  Tiya even drew a picture of the object and sent it into us, with her letter.  Tiya and her friends measured the egg and discovered that it was approximately 35 centimetres long.

Tiya’s Sketch of the Strange Object Found in the School Grounds

Tiya, sketches the egg.

Tiya, sketches the egg.

Picture Credit: Tiya

A source close to the school stated that there had been reports of a dinosaur being sighted in Hayes Town Centre, although the team member from Everything Dinosaur despatched to investigate was unable to confirm whether or not a dinosaur had been spotted in this part of the London area.

Praveen Writes to Everything Dinosaur

Praveen's letter to Everything Dinosaur.

Praveen’s letter to Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Praveen

The teaching team are using the discovery as part of a week of themed writing activities with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes.  The boys and girls at the school are being encouraged to write about dinosaurs and other amazing prehistoric creatures and the teachers have prepared an innovative and “egg-citing” range of activities including Year 2 children researching about their favourite dinosaurs and creating fact sheets about them.  The Everything Dinosaur team member who visited the school was most impressed with the children’s knowledge about dinosaurs.  He promised to send to the teachers some more information and resources to help with the intended scheme of work, as well as encouraging the children to write about their dinosaur egg and what might happen if the egg hatched.

Shanaiya Invites Everything Dinosaur to Visit the School

Everything Dinosaur invited to visit school.

Everything Dinosaur invited to visit school.

Picture Credit: Shanaiya

As part of a number of dinosaur workshops held throughout the day, children got the chance to get up close to some real fossils and they learned some amazing dinosaur facts.  The Everything Dinosaur expert challenged the children to include some of the facts that they had learned in their stories and writing exercises.   He even promised (with the support of the teaching team), that some of the children’s work might even get onto this web log.  In this way, the children’s stories, fact cards and posters could be published just like a real scientist’s.

Dinosaur Discovery Helps to Inspire and Enthuse Young Writers

Dinosaurs inspire young children to write.

Dinosaurs inspire young children to write.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Perhaps the reception children, with the help of their teacher could compose a thank you letter.  Could the children have a go at designing their own dinosaur with some of the materials supplied by Everything Dinosaur?  We look forward to hearing more about the children’s work on dinosaurs and discovering what ideas the staff have had after our visit with regards to teaching about dinosaurs in schools.

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