All about dinosaurs, fossils and prehistoric animals by Everything Dinosaur team members.
24 02, 2014

Dinosaurs Visit a Liverpool School

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Year Two Pupils at Anfield Infant and Early Years School Get to Grips with Dinosaurs

Year Two pupils returning to school after the half-term holiday started a new topic today.  For the next few weeks the children will be learning all about dinosaurs, fossils and other prehistoric animals.  A team member from Everything Dinosaur was invited to visit the school to help launch the topic and to meet all the budding young palaeontologists.  Whizz Kids, High Flyers and Bright Sparks  were very enthusiastic and there were some  wonderful questions asked, such as how did dinosaurs get their name?  How big were the teeth of dinosaurs?  Why did the dinosaurs go extinct?

All the questions asked on the day were answered.  It was great to see how much prior knowledge many of the children had and we are looking forward to seeing examples of their creative writing and reading through the questions that they will prepare over the next couple of weeks and send in to us either by email or by letter.

High Flyers along with Miss Ross and Miss Colebourne created a giant picture of a meat-eating dinosaur, as it had three fingers on its hand, we did not think this was a Tyrannosaurus rex, with its three-fingered hand perhaps it could have been a Giganotosaurus!

Impressive Artwork Created by Year Two Pupils

A splendid meat-eating dinosaur.

A splendid meat-eating dinosaur.

Picture Credit: High Flyers/Everything Dinosaur

Teaching about dinosaurs in school can be a very rewarding experience.  Dinosaurs as a term topic can help children to become passionate readers, develop vocabularies and can give them an outline of some simple scientific principles such as evaluating information and formulating ideas.  There is some wonderful artwork on display around the school to help inspire the pupils, including an amazing 3-D dinosaur scene featuring several beautifully painted prehistoric animals, even a flying reptile (Pteranodon).

Anfield Infants and Early Years School Dinosaur Artwork

Fantastic dinosaur artwork.

Fantastic dinosaur artwork.

Picture Credit: Anfield Infant and Early Years School

What super artwork!  We will have to post up some more pictures onto the Everything Dinosaur Facebook page so that our Facebook fans can see these pictures too.  It seems that when it comes to teaching about dinosaurs in school, here is one set of teachers with their support team who have made it a “roaring” success.

24 02, 2014

Teaching About Dinosaurs in Liverpool

By | February 24th, 2014|Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Teaching About Dinosaurs in Liverpool

Anfield Infants and Primary School Learn all About the Dinosauria

With Everything Dinosaur team members having worked at Liverpool Museum, it seemed only natural for us to extend our work in Merseyside by getting involved in a number of school visits to deliver dinosaur themed workshops.  Working with children up to Key Stage 3, our dedicated staff have been conducting a number of such visits over the spring term.  With the return to school after the half-term break, Year 2 pupils at Anfield Primary and Infants School started their dinosaur topic today.  Over the remainder of the spring term the enthusiastic pupils will be learning all about dinosaurs and to “kick off” this subject area one of our dinosaur experts visited the school.

Dinosaur Themed Artwork on Display at the School

Dinosaur mural on display at Anfield Primary School.

Dinosaur mural on display at Anfield Primary School.

Picture Credit: Anfield Primary

 The children in the three classes that were involved in the dinosaur and fossil workshops (Whizz Kids, High Flyers and Bright Sparks) had prepared lots of questions.  The start of this new scheme of work had provided ample opportunity for independent learning as well as group work.

Lots of Questions Prepared for Everything Dinosaur

School children compile questions.

School children compile questions.

Picture Credit: Anfield Primary

Questions ranged from how big were the teeth of dinosaurs?  How did the dinosaurs get their names?  More capable learners demonstrated a lot of subject knowledge by asking more specific questions such as how fast could Utahraptor run?

We did our best to answer all the questions asked and our extension materials helped the teaching team with their follow up lessons and activities.

The High Flyers class along with Miss Ross and Miss Colebourne created a huge picture of a meat-eating dinosaur, as it had three fingers on its hand, we did not think this was a Tyrannosaurus rex, with its three-fingered hand perhaps it could have been an Allosaurus or even a Giganotosaurus.  The fact sheets we provided on carnivorous dinosaurs certainly helped the children to understand the difference between these large meat-eating dinosaurs.   The scale drawings led to an exercise being suggested whereby the children sorted these Theropods and placed them in order of potential size.

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