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24 04, 2014

Key Stage 1 – Developing Writing Skills

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Year 1 and Year 2 Send Everything Dinosaur Thank You Letters

Another trip to Yorkshire, a county we know very well, not just because of all the schools we visit but also because we have been on plenty of fossil hunting expeditions in that part of the world.  Year 1 and Year 2 pupils at Hoylandswaine Primary had been studying fossils and Everything Dinosaur’s visit helped reinforce their learning.  We were asked lots of questions about Mary Anning, the children had been studying the lady who “sells sea shells on the sea shore”.  They were fascinated by the Ichthyosaur fossils and the huge Ammonites.

We were also asked lots of questions about extinction events and our dinosaur experts then challenged the children to write a thank you letter in return for the fossil themed activities that they had been involved with.  We set one of our “pinkie palaeontologist challenges” to the class – could they start the letter correctly?  What about the punctuation?  How would they end their letter to us?

Setting a creative writing challenge is just one of the  many extension activities that arise out of Everything Dinosaur’s fossil workshops.  The children set about their task that afternoon and under the enthusiastic tutelage of their teachers, soon all the children had completed letters.

An Example of One of the Thank You Letters Received

Jacob loved learning all about Spinosaurus.

Jacob loved learning all about Spinosaurus.

Picture Credit: Jacob (Hoylandswaine Primary School)

The teacher wrote us a short note, which was included in the envelope that contained the children’s letters.

Miss Birkinshaw wrote:

“Thank you for visiting us.  The children really did have a fantastic morning”.

Teacher Praises Everything Dinosaur

The children had a fantastic time.

The children had a fantastic time.

24 04, 2014

Hoylandswaine Primary School Send in Thank You Letters

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Year 1 and Year 2 Show Off their Writing Skills

Last month, a team member at Everything Dinosaur visited Hoylandswaine Primary School to help teach about dinosaurs and fossils as the Year 1 and Year 2 students had spent a good portion of their term learning all about prehistoric animals.

Under the guidance of Miss Birkinshaw, the teacher and with the support of Mrs Burr (teaching assistant), the school children had been studying how fossils are formed, the life of Mary Anning, dinosaurs and the extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous.  The enthusiastic, young palaeontologists had even had a go at making their own fossils and creating their own dinosaur dig site in the classroom.  Our dinosaur expert felt very much at home surrounded by all the artwork and posters showing dinosaur facts and figures that the children had made.

At the end of the morning’s teaching, the Everything Dinosaur team member challenged the children to write a thank you letter.  Could they start their letter correctly?  Could they include a dinosaur fact or perhaps tell us about their favourite part of the morning’s dinosaur themed activities?  Would they use connectives, proper sentences, could they think of a way of ending their letter?

Having returned from some fieldwork, there was a bulging postal sack waiting in the office and amongst all our correspondence was a set of thank you letters from Hoylandswaine Primary.

Thank you Letter Received from Jacob

Jacob loved learning all about Spinosaurus.

Jacob loved learning all about Spinosaurus.

Picture Credit: Hoylandswaine Primary Year 1/2 – Jacob

One of the many thank you letters received by Everything Dinosaur, young Jacob has illustrated his letter with some three-toed dinosaur footprints.

Gracie’s Thank You Letter to Everything Dinosaur

Gracie's favourite thing was learning all about giant sharks.

Gracie’s favourite thing was learning all about giant sharks.

Picture Credit: Hoylandswaine Primary Year 1/2 – Gracie

Gracie chose to illustrate her letter with pictures of dinosaurs and a marine reptile swimming in the sea.  We had lots of colourful letters and we have posted them all up onto our huge warehouse wall so that we can look at them and smile whilst we are sorting out fossils and working on our dinosaurs.

Thank you Letter Sent in by Katie

"Amazing fossils"

“Amazing fossils”

Picture Credit: Hoylandswaine Primary Year 1/2 – Katie

A very big thank you to all the children who sent us thank you letters, there are too many to post up here but we have put them all up onto our warehouse wall.  Miss Birkinshaw even got in on the act and sent us a short note to thank Everything Dinosaur for their morning’s teaching work at the school.

Teacher’s Thank You Note

"The children really did have a fantastic morning."

“The children really did have a fantastic morning.”

Picture Credit: Hoylandswaine Primary Year 1/2 – Miss Birkinshaw

Setting a creative writing exercise such as this, is very worthwhile.  Often it can be difficult for the teaching team to motivate the children to write, but this follow up exercise enables the teacher to assess a child’s writing and reading progress as well as testing recall and how the pupil conveys information.  At Everything Dinosaur we always follow up letters we receive and we send out a reply to the school so that the children can learn a little more about the work we do and what we have been doing since our school visit.

Once again, our thanks to all the children in Year 1 and Year 2 who sent in thank you letters.

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