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15 05, 2016

Great Work from Year Two at Great Wood Primary

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Wonderful Dinosaur Drawings and Letters from Year 2 Classes

After a dinosaur workshop at the school, (Great Wood Primary), Everything Dinosaur challenged the two classes of Year 2 with a number of extension activities and exercises.  For example, we asked the children to think about what a dinosaur might need to survive and then to have a go at designing their very own prehistoric animal.  We received some wonderful dinosaur drawings and very clever prehistoric animal designs.  For example, Lydia sent us in a very well labelled blue and yellow dinosaur with amazing armour.

A Dinosaur Designed by Lydia (Year 2)

Lydia designed a Lydiasaurus after our dinosaur workshop in schools.

Lydia designed a Lydiasaurus after our dinosaur workshop in the school.

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Lydia)

We received lots of beautifully labelled dinosaur drawings and not just dinosaurs too.  Caleb for example, drew a picture of his favourite prehistoric animal – a giant sea monster!

Caleb’s Very Fierce Sea Monster

A swimming prehistoric animal drawn by Caleb (Year 2).

A swimming prehistoric animal drawn by Caleb (Year 2).

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary (Caleb)

We love the giant flippers and enormous teeth!

A Letter Writing Exercise – An Opportunity to Practice Handwriting

Another extension activity we proposed whilst conducting our dinosaur workshops with the Year 2 classes was to have the children write thank you letters to Everything Dinosaur.  We received letters from all the children and just like the excellent dinosaur drawings, we have pinned them up on one of the walls in our warehouse.  They do make a colourful display.

One of the Letters Sent into Everything Dinosaur

A thank you letter sent into Everything Dinosaur after a dinosaur themed workshop with Year 2.

A thank you letter sent into Everything Dinosaur after a dinosaur themed workshop with Year 2.

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary (Seth)

This exercise permitted the children to practice their handwriting skills as well as helping to reinforce learning with regards to the dinosaur term topic.  The children also had the opportunity to ask questions, as unfortunately, we could not answer all the questions during our visit to the school.  For example, Nathan asked were there lots of tall dinosaurs?  There were certainly lots of very tall dinosaurs, perhaps the tallest of all were those long-necked dinosaurs whose front legs were longer than their back legs.  Dinosaurs like Brachiosaurus, Giraffatitan  or Lusotitan, whose fossils were found in Portugal, all had very long necks and would have stood very tall, perhaps as high as a five storey building.  Then there is the immense Mamenchisaurus from China.  This Chinese dinosaur had one of the longest necks of all the known dinosaurs.  The tall dinosaurs evolved so that they could feed off the tops of trees, the parts that other plant-eating dinosaurs could not reach.

An Illustration of Brachiosaurus

The Papo Brachiosaurus dinosaur model.

The Papo Brachiosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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Once again, a very big thank you to all the children in Year 2 at Great Wood Primary school we really appreciate the letters and drawings and we are glad everyone enjoyed our dinosaur workshops.  Have fun with the rest of the dinosaur themed term topic.

15 05, 2016

Year 2 Classes at Great Wood Primary – Dinosaur Hunters

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Year 2 Classes at Great Wood Primary Explore Dinosaurs

Last month, we visited Great Wood Primary in Lancashire to work with the two classes of Year 2 to help them explore dinosaurs and fossils as part of their term topic entitled “Dinosaur Hunters”.  Our thanks to the talented teaching team Mrs Parkin, Mrs Coulthard, Mrs Stroud and Miss Nicholson for their assistance on the day.  A special thank you to Mrs Norman for helping to put the gym mats away once the two dinosaur workshops had concluded.  An extension idea we suggested was to challenge the children to “design their own prehistoric animal” and we received last week a set of beautiful and very creative dinosaur designs.  We loved looking all the different animals and reading the labels that the children had carefully added to their drawings.

A Very Colourful Display of Dinosaur Designs by Year 2 Children

A selection of prehistoric animal designs by a Year 2 class at Great Wood Primary.

A selection of prehistoric animal designs by a Year 2 class at Great Wood Primary.

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School

One of the Wonderful Dinosaur Designs (Great Labelling by Great Wood Primary)

Blake_o_saurus by Blake.  An extension activity after a dinosaur workshop.

Blake_o_saurus by Blake. An extension activity after a dinosaur workshop.

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Blake)

Some very impressive labelling of the dinosaur’s body parts by Blake (Mrs Parkin’s class).

Aidan Designed a Long-Necked Dinosaur with a Sharp Nose Horn

Aidan (Year 2) designed a long-necked dinosaur.

Aidan (Year 2) designed a long-necked dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Aidan)

Creative Dinosaur Designs

Challenging the class to design their own prehistoric animal is a great way to help reinforce learning.  Labelling of the various body parts helps a child to develop their vocabulary as well as exploring ideas about what the dinosaur might have eaten, its colour and where it might have lived – this leads on to exploring simple food chains and animal adaptations.

Both classes of Year 2 children wrote letters and these were kindly sent into Everything Dinosaur by the teaching team.  An extension activity such as writing a thank you letter gives the children the opportunity to practice their handwriting and there were certainly some splendid letters sent into us.  The letters and drawings have been posted up on one of the walls in our warehouse.

A Lovely Letter Sent in by Hannah

A thank you letter sent in by Hannah to Everything Dinosaur.

A thank you letter sent in by Hannah to Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Hannah)

Hannah and her class mates certainly seemed to have enjoyed the dinosaur workshop.  She asked how many years did a Stegosaurus live?  That’s a fascinating question and palaeontologists have been able to use the fossilised bones of dinosaurs to work out how old some dinosaurs were when they died and how quickly they grew.  The most famous Stegosaurus fossils come from the United States and these fossils are more than 145 million years old.   It is likely that some Stegosaurs could live for perhaps as long as twenty years.

A Letter from Charlie

Charlie wrote that he now knew that birds are related to dinosaurs.

Charlie wrote that he now knew that birds are related to dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Charlie)

A very big thank you to both classes of Year 2 at Great Wood Primary, we are sorry that we can’t answer all the questions but we will post up more examples of the children’s work on our social media pages and email the school to say thank you for sending them all into our offices.   As we post up the letters and drawings it will help to remind us about the fun we had delivering the dinosaur workshop for Year 2.

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