All about dinosaurs, fossils and prehistoric animals by Everything Dinosaur team members.
//Key Stage 1/2

Articles that focus on teaching ideas and activities aimed at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

5 03, 2018

Facts About Dinosaurs

By | March 5th, 2018|General Teaching, Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Facts About Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Facts

A visit to a school in the chilly south of the country to work with four groups of Year 4 children who have just started their topic for the second half of the Spring Term.  The spacious and well-appointed classrooms already had some dinosaur themed work on display.  Our fossil expert spotted a display board with some A4-sized print outs that had been posted up.  One of the Learning Support Assistants (LSA’s), explained that the facts had been pinned up in a diagonal shape, this would permit the children to look at the published facts, research whether they were accurate or not and post up their own findings either above or below.

Testing Dinosaur Facts (Published Facts About Dinosaurs)

Dinosaur facts.

Dinosaur Facts – testing ideas and challenging perceptions.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/LHPA

Encouraging Independent Enquiry

The children were being challenged to conduct their own independent research to test the validity of the statements on the print outs.  Could they uncover evidence to either support or refute the statements (facts)?  The eager, young palaeontologists could then post up their responses either above or below the statements, the position on the wall indicating how much they agreed with the statement or how much they disagreed with the statement following their independent enquiries.  This would provide a visual display as well as giving a valuable lesson in working scientifically.  The Year 4 classes were being challenged to look for evidence, assess the validity of the evidence and either to support or refute the statements that had been posted up.

We wish the young scientists well with their endeavours, our fossil expert chatted to many of the children over the course of the day.  They were all enjoying their dinosaur and prehistoric animal term topic and many of the children already possessed a lot of knowledge about dinosaurs.  One confident learner explained in remarkable detail how the dinosaurs (non-avian dinosaurs), became extinct.

An eager dinosaur fan even asked could we come back when she was in Year 5?

For further information about Everything Dinosaur’s dinosaur workshops with Year 4 and to request a quotation for a school visit: Contact Everything Dinosaur Request a Quotation

20 02, 2018

Helping Out Year 6 on Twitter

By | February 20th, 2018|General Teaching, Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Helping Out Year 6 on Twitter

Working with Year 1 Helping Year 6

Another school workshop successfully conducted, this time working with a class of Year 1 children over the course of a morning as they began their term topic all about dinosaurs.  The workshop acted as a provocation to launch the new scheme of work after half-term, it enthused the children and our dinosaur expert was able to provide teaching resources and extension activities to support the teaching team.  The Year 6 students at the school had been tasked with managing the school’s Twitter feed.  We were happy to give our permission (with the school’s blessing), for some pictures of the morning’s activities to be posted up on-line.

During the course of the morning, the Everything Dinosaur team member took a photograph of a piece of artwork on display.  This image was then “tweeted” to the Year 6 children and they were challenged to turn detective to see if they could work out where the photograph had been taken.

Helping to Support Year 6 on Twitter

Spotting a dragon.

Can the children at the Welsh school spot the dragon?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Twitter is Useful for Parents, Guardians and Grandparents

Twitter can be very useful for schools.  It allows parents, guardians and grandparents almost instant access to information about what the children at the school have been doing.  Examples of work can be demonstrated, a well-written story can be featured, preparations for a school event such as a Summer Fayre can be highlighted.  Social media such as Twitter can provide parents, grandparents and guardians with a sense of engagement.  Good luck to Year 1 with their dinosaur studies and best wishes to Year 6 as they maintain and grow the school’s presence on Twitter.

2 02, 2018

Key Stage 2 Showcase Their Science Skills

By | February 2nd, 2018|Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Key Stage 2 Showcase Their Science Skills

Year 5/6 Showcase Their Science Skills

Children in Year 5 and Year 6 at Carlton Primary School in West Yorkshire were keen to show one of our team members their science displays.  Everything Dinosaur was visiting the well-appointed school to conduct a series of dinosaur and fossil themed workshops.  After a short meeting with the teachers to identify learning objectives, our fossil expert had the opportunity to admire some of the marvellous displays in the spacious corridors.  Year 6 children had been learning about evolution and the life of Charles Darwin and the scheme of work incorporated dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals to help provide a context for their studies.

Key Stage 2 Scientific Working

Key Stage 2 science display.

Year 6 illustrate life in the past and create dinosaur fact sheets.

Picture Credit: Carlton Primary School/Everything Dinosaur

 The topic permitted the children to indulge their non-fiction writing skills and the written work was supported by some excellent prehistoric animal illustrations.  Studying Darwinism, natural selection and evolution is a core element in the science curriculum for Upper Key Stage 2 and there was plenty of evidence of working scientifically posted up onto the walls of the corridors.

Upper Key Stage 2 Showcase Their Artwork

Prehistoric animal artwork.

Year 6 created some stunning dinosaur themed artwork.

Picture Credit: Carlton Primary School/Everything Dinosaur

 Three Dimensional Fossils

The Key Stage 2 classes had also created some three-dimensional fossils using various materials, the children had been exploring the properties of materials and considering the use of perspective in their prehistoric animal artwork.  Although the lesson plans were focused on science, the creative teaching team had incorporated a range of cross curricular activities.

Researching Tyrannosaurus rex

Year 5/6 study evolution and natural selection.

Non-chronological reports and working scientifically with Upper Key Stage 2.

Picture Credit: Carlton Primary School/Everything Dinosaur

Researching T. rex

As part of a challenging and varied scheme of work the schoolchildren were asked to research Tyrannosaurus rex and to consider how this famous Late Cretaceous predator was adapted to its environment.  What were those tiny arms used for?  Could the Upper Key Stage 2 children formulate some theories?

It was great to see how the children in Year 5 and Year 6 at Carlton Primary School had studied dinosaurs as part of a wider scheme of work looking at the work of Charles Darwin and evolution.

26 01, 2018

Year 1 at Green End Primary School (Dinosaurs)

By | January 26th, 2018|Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Year 1 at Green End Primary School (Dinosaurs)

Classes 1EN and 1B Learn About Dinosaurs

Children in Year 1 at Green End Primary (Manchester), have embarked on a new topic for the rest of the Spring Term.  They are learning all about dinosaurs and fossils.  The eager young palaeontologists have already conducted some dinosaur themed research, learning about herbivores such as Brontosaurus, Diplodocus and Stegosaurus.  The children in classes 1EN and 1B have produced fact sheets all about the dinosaurs they have been studying.

Year 1 Children Write Fact Sheets About Plant-eating Dinosaurs

Facts About Stegosaurus

Stegosaurus facts.

Picture Credit: Green End Primary/Everything Dinosaur

Some carnivorous dinosaurs have been studied too.  The teaching team are using different types of dinosaur to help support the children’s learning when it comes to considering simple food chains.

As part of a provocation to help enthuse the two classes, Everything Dinosaur was invited into the school to lead two dinosaur and fossil themed workshops, one for each of the classes.  These workshops were held in the superbly appointed communications room.  The children are really lucky to have such a well-resourced school.

The Communications Room Became a “Dino Den” for the Morning

Green End Primary Communications Room.

The beautifully appointed communications room at Green End Primary.

Picture Credit: Green End Primary/Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Displays

The spacious classrooms already contained some wonderful dinosaur themed displays and plenty of evidence of the creative approach of the teaching team to this particular scheme of work.  It seems that the teachers, ably supported by the teaching assistants and learning support have designed a challenging scheme of work that appeals to a wide variety of learning styles.

A Dinosaur Display in a Year 1 Classroom at Green End Primary

A dinosaur display in a Year 1 classroom.

A dinosaur themed display in a Year 1 classroom at Green End Primary.

Picture Credit: Green End Primary/Everything Dinosaur

The children will be learning all about the famous, British fossil hunter Mary Anning, our dinosaur expert ensured that Mary Anning was introduced during the dinosaur and fossil workshops.  In addition, we set the classes a number of challenges in the form of extension activities.  One of the teachers promised to send into our offices a picture of some of the children’s work to demonstrate how enthusiastically the children had responded to the morning of dinosaur themed workshops that we had conducted.

We are looking forward to seeing the children’s work.

19 01, 2018

Reception and Key Stage 1 Study Dinosaurs

By | January 19th, 2018|General Teaching, Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Reception and Key Stage 1 Study Dinosaurs

Reception and Key Stage 1 Study Dinosaurs

Children at Hanging Heaton CE (VC) Junior and Infant School (West Yorkshire), had an exciting and very special Friday morning.  Class 1 and Class 2 are starting a topic all about dinosaurs, fossils and life in the past and to help start the term topic, Everything Dinosaur was invited into the school to deliver two dinosaur and fossil themed workshops.  An early morning start, to avoid the worst of the weather and traffic, permitted the Everything Dinosaur team member the chance to admire the tidy classrooms with their display boards ready to be adorned with various prehistoric animal facts, examples of writing and dinosaur inspired artwork.

Class 1 (Reception and Year 1) Have a Palaeontology Lab!

A display board all prepared for the dinosaur term topic.

The mixed FS2 and Year 1 class at Hanging Heaton Primary near Dewsbury (West Yorkshire) are going to be posting up lots of fascinating dinosaur facts in the classroom palaeontology lab.

Picture Credit: Hanging Heaton CE (VC) J & I School/Everything Dinosaur

Spacious and Well-appointed Classrooms

The spacious and well-appointed classrooms have lots of display boards, so that the children’s topic work can be highlighted.  Class 1, which consists of a mixed group of Reception and Year 1 children even have a part of the large classroom designated as a palaeontology lab, just the place to showcase all their dinosaur discoveries.

A Display Board in Class 2 Ready for Dinosaur Facts and Figures

A dinosaur display board (Key Stage 1),

A display board ready for the dinosaur term topic in class 2, a mixed Year 1/2 class at Hanging Heaton Primary.

Picture Credit: Hanging Heaton CE (VC) J & I School/Everything Dinosaur

Class 2 have a display board all ready to post up their dinosaur themed work.  The inflatable Pterosaur makes a lovely addition, perhaps the children will learn about flying reptiles as part of their studies.  Prior to the two workshops, our dinosaur and fossil expert briefed the enthusiastic teaching team on how to maximise the learning from the sessions.  In addition, a number of extension resources were provided.

Over the course of the morning, there were lots of opportunities for the teaching team and the learning support assistants to take plenty of photographs, all very useful when it comes to recalling and recounting activities.

Once back in the office, the dinosaur expert sent over some additional teaching resources to help support the two classes with the scheme of work.  A challenge for the children was could they design their own dinosaur?  We look forward to seeing the results.

For further information on Everything Dinosaur’s work in schools: Contact Everything Dinosaur, Request a Quotation

16 01, 2018

Dinosaurs a Roaring Success at Barford Primary School

By | January 16th, 2018|General Teaching, Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Dinosaurs a Roaring Success at Barford Primary School

Year 1 Pupils Study Dinosaurs at Barford Primary School

Children in Year 1 classes (1G and 1L) at Barford Primary (Ladywood, Birmingham), are spending part of the spring term learning all about dinosaurs, fossils and life in the past.  The enthusiastic teaching team have put together a diverse and challenging scheme of work and they have lots of exciting activities planned for the budding dinosaur experts in Key Stage 1.

The well-maintained school buildings are adorned with amazing artwork, posters and display boards that showcase the children’s talents as well as providing inspiration and celebrating the rich culture and diversity of the local community.

In the small hall, in which Everything Dinosaur conducted their dinosaur themed workshops with the two classes, there stands a pair of prehistoric animal sculptures.  On one side of the hall is a colourful Tyrannosaurus rex and by the opposite wall a Stegosaurus can be seen.

The Beautiful Sculpture of a T. rex at Barford Primary School

A T. rex sculpture.

The Tyrannosaurus rex sculpture in one of the halls at Barford Primary (Birmingham).

Picture Credit: Barford Primary/Everything Dinosaur

Inspiring Artwork and Inspirational People

The culture of the local community is celebrated throughout the school with many inspirational figures depicted on the walls of the corridors linking the classrooms, famous figures from history such as Mary Seacole, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.  The Tyrannosaurus rex and the Stegosaurus sculptures are not the only animals in the school, there are several beautiful penguins and even a statue of a large deer, all helping to motivate the children.

The Stegosaurus Sculpture on Display at Barford Primary School

A Stegosaurus on display at a primary school.

A very colourful Stegosaurus sculpture on display at Barford Primary (Birmingham).

Picture Credit: Barford Primary/Everything Dinosaur

According to the last Ofsted inspection letter, more than half of the pupils at the school speak English as an additional language.  However, the teaching team with the support of the senior management, have devised effective policies to support these children.  Dinosaurs as a term topic lends itself to all sorts of different learning, we are looking forward to seeing some of the children’s creations inspired by our design a dinosaur extension activity.   At the end of the topic, parents and guardians will be invited in to see some of the pupil’s work.  These events are very popular with the “grown-ups” eager to see what their charges have been up to.  Mary Anning will feature prominently in the term topic and we provided additional teaching resources including a “sea shells tongue twister” for the children to try.   Can they create their own poems about dinosaurs?

15 01, 2018

Key Stage 1 Classes Study Mary Anning

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Key Stage 1 Classes Study Mary Anning

Children in Year 1 and Year 2 at St John with St Mark Primary in Bury have been studying dinosaurs and fossils.  As part of a provocation to help enthuse the children, the classes were set some homework, could they write some facts about Mary Anning in their work books?

Learning About Mary Anning (Key Stage 1)

Key Stage 1 children learn about Mary Anning.

Key Stage 1 children are challenged to find out facts about Mary Anning.

Picture Credit: St John with St Mark Primary School/Everything Dinosaur

Enthusiastic Researchers

The teaching team was very impressed with the research that the children had carried out.  When Everything Dinosaur’s fossil expert visited the school, he was shown some of the entries in the work books that the children had completed over the weekend.  The Key Stage 1 children had found out lots of amazing facts about this Georgian lady who became a famous fossil collector on the Dorset coast.

The dinosaurs and fossils term topic has got off to a fantastic start, well done to all the eager, budding palaeontologists in Year 1, Year 1/2 and Year 2.  During the workshops we conducted at the school, our dinosaur and fossil expert made sure to include lots of information about Mary Anning to help support the children’s learning.

16 11, 2017

Workshop Inspires Dinosaur Poster

By | November 16th, 2017|General Teaching, Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Workshop Inspires Dinosaur Poster

Dinosaur Poster Created After Dinosaur Workshop

Our thanks to the pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 at Streethouse Primary (West Yorkshire), who sent into Everything Dinosaur’s office a wonderful set of posters and thank you letters after our recent dinosaur and fossil workshop at the school.  There were some wonderful examples of cursive hand-writing amongst the letters and some stencil inspired prehistoric animal drawings.

Year 5 and Year 6 Pupils Inspired by Dinosaur Workshop

Prehistoric animal inspired posters.

A Year 5/6 pupil created a colourful prehistoric animal poster.

Picture Credit: Streethouse Primary School

Exciting Dinosaur Themed Term Topic

Everything Dinosaur was invited into the school to work with the Key Stage 2 class for a morning.  The workshop provided a provocation for the term topic and during the morning, we challenged the children to have a go at a variety of extension activities.  It seems that our workshop was a great success, earning 5* stars from the teaching team and a comment on the poster, says it all, “it was awesome!”  The prehistoric animal stencils have helped produce a variety of posters and some stencils were even used to illustrate the thank you letters we received.

Examples of Posters and Letters Sent into Everything Dinosaur

Amazing prehistoric animal posters.

A fantastic collection of letters and posters created by pupils in Year 5/6.

Picture Credit: Streethouse Primary School

The photograph above shows just some of the fantastic collection of letters and posters created by pupils in Year 5/6.

We are glad to have helped inspire the children and we wish them and their dedicated teachers every success with the term topic.

9 11, 2017

Streethouse School – Dinosaurs

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Barbara Hepworth Class Study Dinosaurs and Fossils

Children in Barbara Hepworth class (Year 5/6), at Streethouse Junior, Infant and Nursery have been studying dinosaurs, fossils and prehistoric animals this term.  As well as a challenging and enriching scheme of work built around English, maths and science, the teaching team have been inspired by Dame Hepworth and introduced a dinosaur sculpting challenge for the children.

Year 5/6 Pupils Make Clay Model Dinosaurs

Making clay model dinosaurs.

Year 5/6 at Streethouse school make clay model dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Barbara Hepworth was a celebrated English, 20th Century, artist and sculptress who was one of the leading lights of modernism.  I am sure Dame Hepworth would have been most impressed with the clay models that the children produced.  Our dinosaur and fossil expert, who had visited the school to deliver a morning of teaching activities with the class, was given a guided tour of the clay model exhibits.  The budding artists were keen to demonstrate their knowledge by explaining what inspired them when it came to prehistoric animal model making.  The clay models make a fine display amongst all the excellent examples of handwriting that were pinned up onto the spacious classroom walls.

6 11, 2017

Why Do Asteroids Always Land in Craters?

By | November 6th, 2017|General Teaching, Key Stage 1/2|Comments Off on Why Do Asteroids Always Land in Craters?

Why Do Asteroids Always Land in Craters?

With the need to work scientifically being emphasised in the national curriculum for England (science syllabus), Everything Dinosaur team members have been busy supporting teaching teams with their schemes of work.  As well as providing all the usual assistance and support, staff at the Cheshire based company have just introduced a new pair of primary school lesson plan downloads to help support a dinosaur or space themed term topic.  The lesson plan is entitled “Why do asteroids always land in craters?”  The aim of this lesson plan is to challenge the Key Stage 1 children to create an experiment to test ideas about what happens when a space rock crashes.

Why Do Asteroids Always Land in Craters?

Why do asteroids always land in craters?

Why do asteroids always land in craters – lesson plan and teaching notes.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Simple Experiment to Encourage Working Scientifically

Two downloads have been created, one aimed at KS1, the second targeted at KS2.  Both these lesson plans challenge children to work scientifically.  For example, the Key Stage 1 download focuses on exploring the physical properties of materials and encourages the use of simple, comparative tests, whilst the Key Stage 2 download challenges older children to devise a suitable experiment to test this idea about asteroid impacts.  A list of suggested resources is provided in both downloads and the photographs and bullet points provided help with tailoring the exercise to meet the specific learning needs of the class.

Free Download Linked to Space and Dinosaur Term Topics

Teaching resources for a dinosaur themed experiment.

Resources for tackling the question – why do asteroids always land in craters?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Teaching Notes and Extension Activities

The downloads are available free from Everything Dinosaur.  These downloads are amongst a huge range of free dinosaur, fossil and prehistoric themed teaching resources available.  All these materials have been checked, tested and approved by our own teaching team.

To view the range of free teaching resources, lesson plans, experiments and information sheets available from Everything Dinosaur: Visit the Downloads Section of this Website

The “why do asteroids…” lesson plan includes helpful teaching notes with suggestions as to how to deliver this exercise.  In addition, a series of extension ideas are listed, all designed to help teaching professionals differentiate and challenge more capable learners.

It seems when it comes to exploring how the dinosaurs died out, or learning about outer space, these handy downloads from Everything Dinosaur are going to have a big impact”.

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