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24 03, 2016

“Dinosaurs from Top to Bottom” with Everything Dinosaur

By | March 24th, 2016|Dinosaur Fans, Educational Activities, Press Releases, Teaching|0 Comments

Talking Science with Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur will be bringing a little bit of “Jurassic World” to Warrington next month when the Cheshire based company delivers a dinosaur themed presentation as part of the Talking Science series of public lectures held at the prestigious Daresbury Laboratory.

Each month, the talented team at Daresbury Laboratory put on a FREE public lecture on a scientific theme and Everything Dinosaur’s “Dinosaur Mike” has been invited in to talk about some of the latest research into dinosaurs.

Everything Dinosaur Will Be Presenting at Daresbury Laboratory

Talking Science - Talking Dinosaurs

Talking Science – Talking Dinosaurs

The Daresbury Laboratory hosts a monthly series of inspiring public lectures, themes this year include the Big Bang, super computers, imaging comets, looking for ancient royalty and climate change.  Everything Dinosaur’s contribution will be to provide a family themed, fun exploration of dinosaurs with lots of audience participation.  The team members have written a brand new presentation, building on the company’s excellent teaching reputation.

The Venue has been Checked Out by Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaurs are coming to this location in April 2016.

Dinosaurs are coming to this location in April 2016.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Talking Science lectures are FREE but reservations must be made prior to the event, for further information and to reserve tickets: Free Talk on Dinosaurs – Dinosaurs from Top to Bottom

The Proposed Running Order

One of the challenges facing the Everything Dinosaur team is to how to cram 160 million years of dinosaur evolution into a single presentation.  This is not easy to do, but with the youngest members of the audience in mind, the talk will focus on the likes of Triceratops, the tyrannosaurids and of course Tyrannosaurus rex!

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur explained:

“Our intention is to deliver a very interactive dinosaur show, with lots of information and dinosaur facts.  We will be inviting members of the audience to help us explore some of the latest research into prehistoric animals as well as setting a number of puzzles and quizzes along the way.”

Notes for Teachers and Parents

The April 6th presentation will include lots of handy teaching information.  Free support materials will be made available and these can be requested by emailing Everything Dinosaur.

24 03, 2016

A “Librarysaurus”

By | March 24th, 2016|Early Years Foundation Reception, General Teaching|Comments Off on A “Librarysaurus”

Inspiring Young Readers

Whilst on a visit to a primary school in the West Midlands to deliver a series of dinosaur workshops, we had the opportunity to view the well-stocked library.  The school, part of The Federation of Abbey Infant and Abbey Junior Schools has been rated as “Good” by the most recent Ofsted inspection.  We were also able to see and admire many examples of the children’s work on display in the uncluttered corridors.  Our dinosaur expert had been asked to work with Foundation Stage classes, the day of teaching involved conducting sessions with the three Reception classes as well as working with morning and afternoon Nursery.

The venue was the spacious school hall, which also contained a wonderful library resource.

The Well-Stocked Library in the Primary School

Love the novel way in which books are stored - a "librarysaurus" perhaps.

Love the novel way in which books are stored – a “librarysaurus” perhaps?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We were most impressed by the unusual way in which some of the books were stored.  Our dinosaur expert nick-named the two dinosaur themed book storage units “Librarysaurus”.  A well-stocked, inviting library with dinosaurs can provide the stimulation to young children to explore books, a passion for reading could develop that might last a lifetime.  During a break from our dinosaur themed workshops, our expert was able to peruse the shelves, lots of non-fiction and fiction titles for the children to read.

Ofsted Comments

We noted that in the most recent Ofsted report (focusing on Abbey Infant School), the inspector stated:

“Pupils enter Year 1 with skills slightly above those expected for their age.  Due to good quality teaching, they continue to make good progress in Years 1 and 2 and are well-prepared for their move to the juniors.  They leave Year 2 with standards above those normally expected for their age in reading, and well above in writing and mathematics.”

Perhaps the dinosaur inspired library furniture helps to enthuse the children.  During our visit we observed lots of pre-knowledge being demonstrated by the Foundation Stage children.  There was also some examples of applied learning, clearly, under the expert and enthusiastic tutelage of the teaching team the children had enjoyed learning all about dinosaurs.

 To learn more about Everything Dinosaur’s work in schools and our school visits: Contact Everything Dinosaur, Request a Quotation

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