Foundation Stage 2 Learn All About Dinosaurs

Last week, was a very busy week for the teaching team at Everything Dinosaur.  They have lots of dinosaur and fossil workshops to try to fit in before schools begin preparing for the end of the autumn term.  On Friday, one of our teaching staff visited The Berkeley Academy in Cheshire to work with two Reception classes who had been studying life in the past and prehistoric animals.  Whilst being given a tour of the school by the dedicated teaching staff, our dinosaur expert spotted several examples of the children’s dinosaur themed arts and crafts on display.  One classroom (Class 2), had even constructed a dinosaur den in a part of their classroom.

Class 2 Children (Reception) Had Created a “Dinosaur Den” in their Classroom

A dinosaur den spotted in a Reception classroom.

Children in Class 2 (Berkeley Academy) have a dinosaur den in their classroom.

Picture Credit: The Berkeley Academy/Everything Dinosaur

There were lots of fiction and non-fiction prehistoric animal themed books for the children to peruse.  The mission statement for the school is “It’s all about doing your best” and some of the Year 5 students had helped with decorating the dinosaur den, creating some very colourful examples of dinosaurs out of pieces of tissue paper.  These had been placed alongside some “Plateosaurs” that the Reception children had made.

Tissue Paper Dinosaurs and “Plateosaurs” Decorate the Dinosaur Den

A Brachiosaurus spotted in the dinosaur den.

Children in Year 5 at Berkeley Academy (Cheshire), helped to decorate the dinosaur den in the Reception class.

Picture Credit: The Berkeley Academy/Everything Dinosaur

Berkeley Academy aims to create a learning environment in which all the children can thrive.  The eager, young palaeontologists had been developing their knowledge about dinosaurs and during our dinosaur expert’s visit the children were keen to demonstrate their pre-knowledge and they were very confident answering questions and contributing to the workshop.

Year 5 Have Helped to Decorate the Reception Class

A brightly coloured dinosaur made from tissue paper.

A brightly coloured meat-eating dinosaur created with tissue paper by Year 5 children.

Picture Credit: The Berkeley Academy/Everything Dinosaur

The dinosaur den makes a wonderful safe, secure and stimulating environment for the young children to learn about simple food chains, what animals need to keep them happy and to discover famous fossil hunters like Mary Anning.

To help develop hand-to-eye co-ordination and motor skills, the children had been challenged to write their names inside a silhouette of a dinosaur.  These dinosaurs were posted up onto a “wow wall”, we hope the dinosaur feet we provided will help to further stimulate the children’s writing skills.

Writing and Dinosaurs Combine to Help Reception Children Improve their Motor Skills

Dinosaurs and writing activities (Foundation Stage 2)

The Reception class children wrote their names on a dinosaur.

Picture Credit: The Berkeley Academy/Everything Dinosaur

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