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2 11, 2015

Why Would a Dinosaur Not Make a Good Pet?

By | November 2nd, 2015|Educational Activities, Main Page, Teaching|0 Comments

Year 2 at Bishop King CE Primary School Study Dinosaurs

As part of the extension activities suggested by Dinosaur Mike of Everything Dinosaur during his visit to Bishop King CE Primary School (Lincoln, England), to work with Key Stage 1, the children in Year 2 were challenged to have a go at designing their very own dinosaur.  Having met Tyler and explained that in the past a huge marine reptile roamed the seas of what was to become the United States of America, one of the company’s “pinkie palaeontologist challenges” was set.  Could the pupils come up with their very own prehistoric animal?

A Wonderful Oliversaurus from Oliver

Oliver designs a dinosaur.

Oliver designs a dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Bishop King CE Primary School

The children took to their task with gusto.  We challenged the class to think carefully about their dinosaur, what colour would it be?  Would it have a long neck or a short neck, a big body or a little body?  We wanted to see lots of lovely labels including pointing out where the dinosaur’s skull was, a word we introduced to the classes during our fossil handling activities.

A Big Green Dinosaur with Navy Blue Spikes on His Back

A big green dinosaur.

A big green dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Bishop King CE Primary School

The term topic for the two classes of Year 2 children this autumn has a science focus.  The aim is to decide whether or not a dinosaur would make a good pet.  This subject area acts as an umbrella topic, linking in with exploration of food chains, habitats and life cycles as well as learning about different parts of the body.  This particular extension exercise dovetails nicely into art as well as supporting literacy, vocabulary development and handwriting skills.

Excellent Labelling Just Like a Scientist

A very colourful dinosaur design.

A very colourful dinosaur design.

Picture Credit: Bishop King CE Primary School

When it comes to providing posters for conferences detailing research, it is important to provide accurate, well annotated diagrams.  This is a useful skill within palaeontology and it seems from these examples here that the pupils at Bishop King CE Primary have started to hone their science skills at an early age.

Commenting on the drawings, that were very kindly sent into Everything Dinosaur by class teacher Miss Knapp, a spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur stated:

“A new dinosaur is named and described approximately every three weeks.  By the time the children break up for Christmas it is very likely that a further two dinosaurs will have been formally named and described.  Dinosaurs were a very diverse group of reptiles, over the 165 million years in which dinosaurs existed they evolved into all sorts of forms, as well as the giants such as Diplodocus and Tyrannosaurus rex, some dinosaurs could fly, others lived in trees whilst some types of dinosaurs excavated burrows.”

Our congratulations to the children in Year 2, they have come up with some beautiful and very colourful dinosaurs and Everything Dinosaur team members were most impressed with all the clear labelling.  We hope our dinosaur workshop went some way to help the children to answer the question why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?

2 11, 2015

Year 2 Get to Grips with Fossils

By | November 2nd, 2015|General Teaching|Comments Off on Year 2 Get to Grips with Fossils

A Day of Dinosaurs and Fossils with Year 2

Year 2 pupils at Anfield Infants and Nursery school started the second part of the autumn term with a “dino-tastic” day thanks to a visit from Everything Dinosaur.  All three classes in Year 2 will be studying dinosaurs and fossils as a term topic up to Christmas and our dinosaur expert provided a provocation session to enthuse children and teachers alike.

The school provides a dinosaur themed term topic each year and there are some splendid examples of prehistoric animal themed artwork dotted around the classrooms and corridors.  Around one corner lurks a very colourful three-dimensional sculpture of a Triceratops.  One of the activities the children took part in was to explore the role played by the horns of dinosaurs in communication.  Could the children remember how Triceratops signalled to alert the herd that a Tyrannosaurus rex was approaching?

A Colourful Triceratops Spotted in School

Writing about a pet Triceratops.

Writing about a pet Triceratops.

Picture Credit: Anfield Infants and Nursery School/Everything Dinosaur

One of the extension activities we provided involved the children imagining what it might be like to have a pet Triceratops.  Everything Dinosaur’s expert explained about the jaws and teeth of Triceratops and then challenged the children to compose a story about a pet Triceratops visiting their school and having lunch.  Just how much would it eat on its visit?  It’s a good job we were able to demonstrate what a large appetite this dinosaur had.  We think Anfield Infants and Nursery School would have to order in more breakfast cereal!

Other extension activities we provided involved measuring dinosaur tracks and a novel way of calculating just how long a T. rex was.  With the workshops focused on tactile activities and discovery learning, these extension ideas were introduced with the specific aim of giving the children more confidence with numbers.  Our expert briefed the teachers on the extensions and provided all the resources they would need to conduct the work in the following days after the dinosaur workshop in school.

Tyrannosaurus rex Looks On

We spotted a Tyrannosaurus rex

We spotted a Tyrannosaurus rex

Picture Credit: Anfield Infants and Nursery School/Everything Dinosaur

We loved the teeth on the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex artwork on display.

The children had a fantastic (or should that be “dino-tastic”) time on their first day back after the half-term break.

Commenting on the workshops provided by Everything Dinosaur, the teacher of the Year 2 class called “Bright Sparks” stated:

“It was a very interactive session, the children thoroughly enjoyed it and were so engaged!”

We promised the children that if they wrote thank you letters to Everything Dinosaur, then our team of experts would answer any dinosaur related questions that they included within their thank you letters, but we did explain that we wanted to see proper use of full stops, capital letters and of course question marks.

What a great start to the second half of the autumn term for Year 2!

For further information on Everything Dinosaur’s work in schools with Key Stage 1 children and to request a quotation: Contact Everything Dinosaur – Request a Quotation

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