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24 11, 2014

EYFS and Dinosaurs

By | November 24th, 2014|Educational Activities, Teaching|0 Comments

What was the Biggest Dinosaur?

For the Reception class at St Joseph’s R.C. Primary, the question posed this term was “which was the biggest dinosaur”?  The budding palaeontologists had been busy exploring prehistoric animals aided by their enthusiastic teaching team.  Mrs Crean had helped the children to build a dinosaur museum in the classroom.  Inside the museum, there were lots of examples of words used to describe different types of dinosaur and other animals that lived in the past.  The museum even had a gift shop and a cloakroom, a place for palaeontologists who visit the school to store their hard hats!

EYFS Build a Dinosaur Museum in their Classroom

Come to our dinosaur museum!

Come to our dinosaur museum!

Picture Credit: St Joseph’s R.C. Primary/Everything Dinosaur

The teaching team for the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) are following a very creative curriculum and the children were very confident and enjoyed handling the fossils and learning just how big some dinosaurs could be.  The dinosaur workshop enabled the children to experience what it would be like to be an Ankylosaurus moving through the forest, or an Ammonite in its shell bobbing up and down in the sea.  During the teaching session the children were encouraged to use describing words and to explore the properties of materials.  A fossil tooth feels very cold to the touch, some fossils can be small and light, whilst others can be very heavy.  Our thanks to Miss Harrison for helping when it came to carrying the specimens.  Miss Tucker made sure that everyone was given the opportunity to take part and Mrs Barnes helped organise the children into a group photograph to mark Everything Dinosaur’s visit.  Perhaps the photograph will be put up in the museum?

The Dinosaur Term Topic Challenges the Children to Expand Their Vocabulary

Encouraging the use of describing words.

Encouraging the use of describing words.

Picture Credit: St Joseph’s R.C. Primary/Everything Dinosaur

As for what was the biggest dinosaur, our dinosaur expert emailed over some information on the dinosaur that is currently regarded as the biggest scientifically described – Argentinosaurus.

24 11, 2014

Dinosaurs and EYFS

By | November 24th, 2014|Early Years Foundation Reception|Comments Off on Dinosaurs and EYFS

Question – What was the Biggest Dinosaur?

For children in the Reception class at St Joseph’s R. C. Primary, today was an important day for them as they could demonstrate their knowledge about dinosaurs and fossils to the dinosaur expert from Everything Dinosaur who came to visit their school.  Under the guidance of the teaching team, the thirty children in Reception class had set up their very own “Dinosaur Museum” with its own cloakroom and gift shop.  Just like a real museum, the eager, young museum curators had made sure that the correct signs were in use.

Early Years Foundation Stage Set up Their Own Dinosaur Museum

Come see our dinosaur museum!

Come see our dinosaur museum!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/St Joseph’s R.C. Primary

Dinosaurs as a term topic had been brought into the school as the teaching and leadership teams explored the Cornerstones curriculum, providing a more creative approach to the learning objectives for each class.  The children were certainly very excited and keen to handle the fossils that had been brought in.  The theme for the term topic was “which was the biggest dinosaur”?  When the rib bones and skull bones of some dinosaurs were seen, the children could begin to see that some dinosaurs were really very big indeed.

The dinosaur expert was keen to help the children develop their vocabularies and after some group activities to help reinforce learning the children were challenged to come up with some new words to help describe the various fossils that were displayed.

As for the biggest dinosaur, that is quite a tricky question.  The current “world record holder”, certainly the largest dinosaur scientifically described to date is Argentinosaurus (A. huinculensis).  Although, as the Everything Dinosaur, fossil expert pointed out, that fact may be challenged in the very near future as new fossil discoveries are made.

The Reception class teacher praised Everything Dinosaur stating:

“This was a wonderful session.”

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