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3 10, 2014

Year 2 Dinosaur Workshop Extension

By | October 3rd, 2014|Educational Activities, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Teaching|0 Comments

St Joseph and St Bede R.C. Primary make Dinosaur Video

Year 2 under the supervision of their enthusiastic teachers made a comic strip and video presentation after a visit by Everything Dinosaur.  Our team members had conducted a dinosaur workshop with the class back in September and as part of a planned extension activity we had pretended to leave a clutch of dinosaur eggs behind for the schoolchildren to discover and then look after.

The children asked if they could look after the eggs and we agreed.  However, disaster has struck, one of the eggs has hatched and a baby dinosaur has escaped.

St Joseph and St Bede Primary School Children Make a Video

Picture Credit: St Joseph and St Bede R.C. Primary School

We think the baby dinosaur is going to be all right.  It was spotted on the school’s CCTV climbing out of a window and heading off out of the school gates to start a “dinosaur adventure”.  We provide lots of extension activities and support to schools when we conduct dinosaur and fossil workshops in schools.  One of the suggestions we have made, is for the dinosaur to be pictured (photoshop comes in very handy), at a number of famous landmarks.  The “Cretaceous critter” can then send the class postcards and emails all about where it has been and what it has done.  The children can plot the dinosaur’s travels on a map (great for helping with geography lessons).  They can also write back to the dinosaur, which in itself is a great lesson plan for a creative writing session.

Where has our Baby Dinosaur Got To?

Dinosaur adventure!

Dinosaur adventure!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Congratulations to the school children and the teaching team for making such a super video.

3 10, 2014

Year 2 – Dinosaur Workshop Extension Idea

By | October 3rd, 2014|Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Year 2 – Dinosaur Workshop Extension Idea

St Joseph and St Bede R. C. Primary Explore Dinosaurs

As a term topic, studying dinosaurs at Key Stage 1 lends itself to all kinds of imaginative and creative learning activities.  The teaching team for Year 2 at St Joseph and St Bede R. C. Primary school have provided an example of this with an extension activity organised in co-operation with Everything Dinosaur team members following our visit to the school.

During the dinosaur workshop we explained that as far as we know, all dinosaurs hatched from eggs.  Working in collaboration with the Year 2 teachers, we pretended to have left behind some dinosaur eggs after we had finished packing up our fossils and other equipment.  The  children wrote informing us about the eggs (helpful exercise regarding sentence construction, spelling, format of letter and so forth), we agreed that it would be a good idea if they looked after the eggs for us.

Disaster has struck!  Earlier this week the children discovered that an egg had hatched and that the baby dinosaur had disappeared.  The pupils then created their own comic strips all about their “Dinosaur Disaster”.

Dinosaur Disaster at Primary School

Picture Credit: Year 2 St Joseph and St Bede Primary School

This is a great example of an extension activity.  The children are encouraged to investigate, explore ideas and to use different media to tell a story.  We suspect that the school’s baby dinosaur is going to have lots of adventures and thanks to photoshop, it is going to turn up in some amazing parts of the world.  Postcards sent to the school by the dinosaur will then act as a catalyst to introduce other subject areas into the scheme of work.

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