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17 09, 2015

CollectA 1:40 Feathered T. rex Dinosaur Model

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CollectA Feathered T. rex Dinosaur Model in Stock

The CollectA feathered Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur model has arrived and what a beautiful model of a feathered tyrannosaurid it is too.  The model with its clearly defined shaggy coat of proto-feathers stands on a sand effect base.  This perhaps this 1:40 scale T. rex replica to be depicted in a more dynamic pose than other models.  Both hind feet might be on the ground but the model gives the impression of this seven tonne dinosaur making a swift turn, perhaps to try and get round the horns of a Triceratops or some other unfortunate Late Cretaceous victim.

The Beautiful Feathered Tyrannosaurus rex Dinosaur Model (CollectA)

We even supply a roll of cardboard with every model!

We even supply a roll of cardboard with every model!

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The paint work and detail is super, as we have come to expect from CollectA, the details of that feathery covering can clearly be seen and we love the plume of red feathers on the skull.  They make this carnivore look particularly fearsome.

To view the range of CollectA scale dinosaur models available from Everything Dinosaur: CollectA Deluxe Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

The face is extremely expressive with its green, brown and black markings and the ear opening can be made out, a nice touch often overlooked in poorer quality replicas.

The 1:40 Scale CollectA Feathered T. rex

The opening for the ear has been skilfully modelled.

The opening for the ear has been skilfully modelled.

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From nose to tail this Tyrannosaurus rex measures a generous thirty-three centimetres long.  In fact the figure is slightly bigger than this as the head and the tip of the tail are curved inwards.  On the base, the model stands fifteen centimetres tall.

We suspect that this new for 2015 dinosaur model, a 1:40 scale replica of a feathered T. rex will be a big hit with dinosaur model fans and collectors alike.  You could say that they might get themselves into a “flap” over this particular Tyrannosaurus rex replica!

17 09, 2015

Moving from Free Flow to More Structured Working

By | September 17th, 2015|Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Moving from Free Flow to More Structured Working

The Step Up from Reception to Year 1

At the start of the Autumn Term, many Year 1 teachers might be struggling to come to terms with the fact that their recently arrived charges from the Reception Year might not quite be ready for more structured work.  This can often be a problem, as whilst in Reception, the children will have been involved in much more free flowing activity.  Starting the Autumn with a term topic all about dinosaurs could help to provide a solution.  Many of the children will already have a knowledge of prehistoric animals and their fascination for these ancient creatures can be used to help the children adjust to a more formal scheme of work.

A Year 1 Classroom Ready for the Autumn Term Topic of Dinosaurs

Inspiring classroom displays.

Inspiring classroom displays.

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Dinosaurs as a teaching topic lends itself to all sorts of exciting and rewarding structured activities for young children as they make the transition from free flowing teaching to a more learning objective based classroom environment.

A Range of Dinosaur Themed Activities

  • Letter recognition exercises using dinosaur names
  • Sorting dinosaur models by shape (more capable learners might be able to sort out plant-eaters and meat-eaters)
  • Dinosaur themed counting games
  • Looking up pictures of dinosaurs on the internet or in books
  • Writing dinosaur facts
  • Making dinosaur models from cardboard, modelling clay or pasta shapes
  • Dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed drawing exercises
  • Making fossils
  • Digging for dinosaurs in the sandbox
  • Comparing our hands to the footprints of dinosaurs
  • Gathering plants and leaves for the plant-eating dinosaurs
  • Building a “Jurassic Park” in the classroom for the children’s dinosaur toys (a great way to introduce concepts such as habitats, food webs and what animals need to survive)

Everything Dinosaur provides a huge range of free, downloads to help teachers and home educationalists, simply visit: Free Teaching Resources

Dinosaurs as a term topic can really help young children to adjust to a more formal way of working, the topic area also enthuses the teaching team.  After all, who doesn’t want to know how big Tyrannosaurus rex was or how many Year 1 children could be squeezed into the stomach of an Ankylosaurus (an armoured plant-eating dinosaur, discussed in Everything Dinosaur’s workshop for schools).

The children could even create their own dinosaur museum to showcase their craft, hand-writing and numeracy achievements.  Having the children think about their own “Golden Rules” for the museum might also be a way of helping them to settle down within the classroom environment.  Why not invite parents, guardians and grandparents into the school at the end of term to see the children’s progress?

Dinosaur Museum – Helping Year 1 to Adjust to More Formal, Structured Working

Come see our dinosaur museum!

Come see our dinosaur museum!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

For inspiring dinosaur themed learning resources: Dinosaur Themed Learning Resources from Everything Dinosaur

A dinosaur themed term topic can certainly help Reception children step up to the greater demands placed upon them by the Autumn Term of Year 1.

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