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Everything Dinosaur team members working in schools, helping museums and other educational bodies. Our work with and in schools.

30 06, 2019

A Dazzling Diabloceratops Drawing

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A Dazzling Diabloceratops Drawing

Our thanks to Caldey for sending into Everything Dinosaur a superb drawing of the horned dinosaur Diabloceratops.    Knowledgeable dinosaur fans like Caldey, know that there were lots of horned dinosaurs (Ceratopsians), in fact, over seventy different species of horned dinosaur have been named to date, numerous new genera have been erected in the last twenty years or so.

Caldey’s Impressive Diabloceratops Drawing

An illustration of the horned dinosaur Diabloceratops.

A drawing of the horned dinosaur Diabloceratops.

Picture Credit: Caldey

Diabloceratops eatoni

Diabloceratops is one of those genera of horned dinosaurs erected this century.  It was described and named in 2010 from fossilised skull material found in Utah (Wahweap Formation), back in 2002.  Although a member of the Ceratopsia, since it was classified as a member of the subfamily Centrosaurinae, Diabloceratops was only distantly related to the famous Triceratops.

We think the inspiration behind Caldey’s excellent drawing was the recently introduced Schleich Diabloceratops dinosaur model.

The Schleich Diabloceratops Dinosaur Model

Schleich Diabloceratops dinosaur model (2019).

The Schleich Diabloceratops inspired Caldey’s Diabloceratops drawing.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our thanks to Caldey for sending into us this fabulous dinosaur drawing.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It is always a pleasure to receive artwork from fans of dinosaurs.  Caldey’s attention to detail and careful illustration of the dinosaur is admirable.  It is a dazzling Diabloceratops drawing.”

27 06, 2019

A Playful Schleich Plesiosaurus

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A Schleich Plesiosaurus – A Flexible Friend

Schleich, the German-based model and figure manufacturer have added a Plesiosaurus to their range of prehistoric animals.  This little replica of an animal reminiscent of the legendary “Loch Ness Monster” measures a little over sixteen centimetres in length and it is great for creative, imaginative play.

The New for 2019 Schleich Plesiosaurus Marine Reptile Model

Schleich Plesiosaurus model

The new for 2019 Schleich Plesiosaurus (prehistoric animal model).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A Flexible Friend

The Plesiosaurus has a beautifully designed skin with very prominent scales, ideal for sensory play.  The figure has been designed for children from three years and older and it has been very skilfully painted.  Unlike most plastic prehistoric animal figures, this little Plesiosaur has a flexible, bendy neck.  The head can be manoeuvred into lots of positions, it has certainly proved to be very popular with the budding, young palaeontologists who have had the chance to view this model already.

The Schleich Plesiosaurus Figure Used in a Prehistoric Landscape Display

Schleich Plesiosaurus marine reptile model.

The Schleich Plesiosaurus used in a model display.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“Although Plesiosaurs are famous for their long necks and relatively small heads, the necks of these fish-eaters were not that flexible.  The very largest of the Plesiosauria had more than seventy neck bones (cervical vertebrae), that is ten times what we have in our own necks.  However, studies have shown that the necks of these Mesozoic marine reptiles were not bendy, they could not hold their head up in a “swan-neck” posture.  This anatomical detail notwithstanding, the Schleich Plesiosaurus is great for imaginative play and it will make a lot of young learners very happy.”

To view the new for 2019 Schleich Plesiosaurus and the other models and figures in the Schleich “Conquering the Earth” range: Schleich Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals.

20 06, 2019

Dinosaur Drawings and Letters from Year 2 (Great Wood Primary School)

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Dinosaur Drawings and Letters from Year 2 (Great Wood Primary School)

Our thanks to the budding scientists at Great Wood Primary School in Morecambe (Lancashire), who sent into our offices some wonderful dinosaur illustrations and a set of beautifully written letters explaining how much they enjoyed their recent dinosaur workshop with one of our team members.  As part of our extension activity suggestions with the Year 2 classes we challenged them to design their very own prehistoric animal.  We received lots of amazing dinosaur designs.

A Selection of Letters from the Children – Some Featured Illustrations of Imaginary Prehistoric Animals

Letters from Year 2 children.

A selection of letters received from the eager young palaeontologists at Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe, Lancashire).

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe)

Writing Thank You Letters

The teachers very kindly sent in thank you letters that the children had written.  Writing a thank you letter to Everything Dinosaur is a great way for the teaching team to check learning and understanding following a recounting activity.  This letter writing exercise helps young learners practice sentence sequencing, planning their composition, as well as spelling and the layout and format of a letter.  The children can also read their letters out aloud as part of a further teaching activity within the classroom.

A Very Colourful Dinosaur Design with Lots of Wonderful Labels

Year 2 children draw dinosaurs.

A very colourful prehistoric animal produced by a Year 2 child at Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe).

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe)

Children Produced Letters and Drawings

Dinosaur drawing and letter, Year 2.

Jessica’s dinosaur drawing and letter (Year 2 at Great Wood Primary School).

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe)

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We try to provide additional teaching resources when we visit a school to deliver a dinosaur themed workshop.  In addition, during our workshop with the class the opportunity often arises to challenge the children to produce a piece of work, such as their very own dinosaur design or to write a thank you letter.  In this way, we are providing extension ideas to the teaching team and supporting the teacher’s scheme of work.”

A Very Spiky Dinosaur Design

Dinosaur illustration from Stacey (Year 2).

Stacy chose to draw a green, armoured dinosaur with a very spiky tail.

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe)

Our thanks once again to the teaching team and the children in Year 2 at Great Wood Primary School for taking the time and trouble to send into us examples of their work.  Congratulations to you all!

Dinosaurs with Spiky Tails was a Common Characteristic Amongst the Children’s Dinosaur Designs

Dinosaur illustration (Alice in Year 2)

A colourful dinosaur drawing from Alice in Year 2 at Great Wood Primary School).

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe)

8 06, 2019

Dinosaur Workshops at Newport Infant School

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Dinosaur Workshops at Newport Infant School

Another busy few days at Everything Dinosaur with a series of school visits to deliver dinosaur and fossil themed workshops.  Our week concluded with a series of workshops with the Key Stage 1 and Reception classes at Newport Infant School (Shropshire).  The whole school is studying dinosaurs over a two-week period and Everything Dinosaur was invited into the school to help kick-start the scheme of work.

As our visit came to an end, we were presented with a set of dinosaur and prehistoric animal drawings that had been produced by one of the classes that we had worked with.

Drawings of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals Presented to Everything Dinosaur

Reception class draw dinosarus (Newport Infant School).

Newport Infant School Reception class draw dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Newport Infant School/Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We try to set lots of cross-curricular extension activities when working with children in Foundation Stage 2 and Key Stage 1.  This helps to support the lesson plans that have been devised by the teaching team.  We challenged the children to draw a dinosaur and to label body parts using some of the new terms that we had introduced to the class during our workshop.  It is always a pleasure to receive such wonderful drawings and the writing element of this exercise helps the children to develop important motor skills.”

For further information on Everything Dinosaur’s work in schools and to request a quotation for a school visit: Contact us and request a quotation for a school visit/workshop.

6 06, 2019

Giant Dinosaur Footprint Found in Playground

By | June 6th, 2019|Educational Activities, Main Page, Teaching|2 Comments

Giant Dinosaur Footprint Spotted at School

Pupils at Newport Infant School (Shropshire), are studying dinosaurs and prehistoric animals over the next two weeks.  The schoolchildren discovered a huge three-toed dinosaur footprint in their well-kept and spacious playground at the start of the week.  With the help of the dedicated and enthusiastic teaching team the pupils decided that the giant track must have been made by a dinosaur!

A Giant Dinosaur Footprint Discovered in the School Playground

Huge dinosaur footprint spotted at a school.

A huge dinosaur footprint spotted at a school.

Picture Credit: Newport Infant School/Everything Dinosaur

Mr Remington, the school caretaker took the precaution of sealing off that part of the playground and the children became “dinosaur detectives” as they tried to work out what kind of dinosaur had paid them a visit.  The footprint is just one of the many creative dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed activities that the staff have planned for the children.  All the school is involved from Reception to the Year 2 classes and Everything Dinosaur had been invited into the school to deliver a series of workshops with the budding young palaeontologists.

During the workshops the children demonstrated some amazing knowledge and were happy to explain about dinosaurs and to discuss dinosaur facts.  Some of the children in the Reception classes had even brought in numerous dinosaur books from home to show our dinosaur expert.

We hope the additional teaching resources and extension materials that we supplied helps to support the school’s creative and challenging scheme of work.

1 06, 2019

The Six Stages of Play

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Outlining the Six Stages of Play

As teachers, we know that creative, imaginative play is very important to help young minds develop.  Our congratulations to Safari Ltd for helping to promote the six stages of play as identified by the American sociologist Mildred Parten who defined six stages of play during her extensive research examining how children develop their social skills.

Helping to Educate and Inform about the Importance of Play

The first three stages of play.

The first three stages of play as outlined by sociologist Mildred Parten.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Safari Ltd

Play is Very Important

Researchers such as Dr Parten noted that as children develop, their style of play alters.  She identified six, distinct stages of play, the first four or which are focused around individual play.  As children grow-up the way that they play changes.  The latter stages (Associative and Co-operative), involve more complex play with much more interaction with other children.

The Second Set of Play Stages (Stage 4 to Stage 6)

The stages of play by sociologist Mildred Parten.

Mildred Parten outlined six stages of play.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Safari Ltd

The Importance of Play in the Classroom

Teaching teams working with Early Years (EYFS), know the importance of play.  It is not just a way for children to have fun but it is extremely important to help them develop and practice personal and social skills.  When we visit schools, we observe many examples of creative play having been devised by the teachers and their teaching assistants.  Structured play helps young minds to mature and helps children to interact with others and the wider world.

Our congratulations to Safari Ltd for publishing helpful literature on this important subject.

27 05, 2019

New Book All About Theropod Dinosaurs

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A New Book All About Theropod Dinosaurs

At Everything Dinosaur, we do all we can to encourage children with their reading.  Books open doors and in our job we get the opportunity to read and review a huge range of science books all about dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.  We occasionally get asked to review fictional tales about dinosaurs, especially ones aimed at young readers.  Recently, the publishing team at the Natural History Museum asked us to provide a precis and review of a new book all about dinosaurs entitled “The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods”.  This book was originally published in Spanish, but now it has been translated into a number of other languages.

The Front Cover of “The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs – The Theropods”

New book all about theropod dinosaurs.

The front cover of “The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods”.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

When team members visit schools to deliver dinosaur and fossil themed workshops to classes, we discuss our work and the contribution we make to the publishing industry.  The children are most excited about this, especially when we mention that we get lots of free books!

To read our review of “The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs The Theropods”A Review of the New Dinosaur Book (May 2019) “The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs – The Theropods”.

15 05, 2019

An Inspiring School Thought for the Week

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An Inspiring School Thought for the Week

Whilst on a visit to a primary school to deliver a series of dinosaur and fossil themed workshops, an Everything Dinosaur team member spotted an inspiring thought for the week, a quotation from Sir David Attenborough.  Recently, the nonagenarian, naturalist and broadcaster has done a great deal to highlight global warming and climate change and the potential impact on our own species.  Posted up around the school and present in all the classrooms our staff member visited, was this quotation, helping to focus minds and to raise awareness.

Sir David Attenborough Provides an Inspirational Thought for the Week

A thought for the week in school.

Sir David Attenborough provides an inspirational thought of the week.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Thought for the Week

The quotation from Sir David reads:

“Cherish the natural world, because you’re a part of it and you depend on it.”

For the senior leadership team within a school, the publishing of a thought for the week, or even a thought for the day, should not become merely a routine.  Such a policy, at its best, should provide the starting point for debate and conversation, helping to trigger the pupil’s thinking processes and to permit reflection.  Staff too can play an important role as reflective practitioners helping to shape the debate and discussion.  Such inspirational thoughts can promote change and a re-thinking of attitudes.

Posting up comments from leading thinkers can provide the stimulus for conversations about fundamental issues affecting us all.  On this topic, one of our favourite quotations is from Nelson Mandela:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Young activists such as Greta Thunberg are helping to change attitudes and to shape thinking.  The next generation has a key role to play in shaping our relationship with the natural world and the use of a thought for the week policy in the school brings issues to the fore and promotes involvement in the wider debate.

4 05, 2019

Everything Dinosaur Gets a Trade Mark

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Everything Dinosaur Gets a Trade Mark

The Everything Dinosaur company has been granted a trade mark for its brand.  The granting of this trade mark status has meant that team members have had to update a number of images used on the Everything Dinosaur websites and social media pages.  For example, the company logo featured in the header area of this dinosaurs for schools site now has the symbol ® attached to it.

Everything Dinosaur Has Successfully Applied for a Trade Mark

Everything Dinosaur logo ®.

Everything Dinosaur logo (registered trade mark).  Note the ® symbol which means that this is a registered trademark.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

What is a Trade Mark?

What is a trade mark?  What does this mean?  A trade mark is a sign that helps to distinguish the origin of goods and services from those of other companies.  For example, the logo demonstrates that the sales related to prehistoric animals and such like, that are the core business activities of Everything Dinosaur, come from this organisation.  A trade mark can take a variety of forms, it can be symbol, it can take the form of words, smells, logos, sounds, colours or a combination of the above.  However, the trade mark needs to be distinctive and acceptable.  The Everything Dinosaur trade mark is yet another indication of our long-term commitment to the market place.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“As a small, British company getting trade mark status is important to us, it provides a degree of protection for our business as well as providing assurance to our customer base with regards to our commitment to the market.”

1 05, 2019

The Start of a Dinosaur Inspired Term Topic

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Starting a Dinosaur Inspired Term Topic

Children in the Foundation Stage at Almondbury Community School have started a term topic all about dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.  The budding young palaeontologists in the Nursery and Reception classes took part in some dinosaur-themed workshops today to help kick-start their summer term topic.

The walls of the well-appointed and tidy classrooms at the Greenside Centre were already crammed full of lots of colourful and creative artwork.  Our dinosaur expert who visited the school, spotted some beautiful drawings of monsters that had been created by the Foundation Stage 2 children.  There was some very imaginative artwork on display and many of the drawings were accompanied by a sentence or two.  The vibrant posters highlighted the children’s development of fine motor skills, they must have had lots of practice holding pencils and forming recognisable letters and words.

Spotting Drawings of Monsters in the Foundation Stage Classrooms

Lots of lovely "monster themed" artwork on display in the Reception classroom.

Children in Foundation Stage have been learning all about monsters and dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Almondbury Community School/Greenside Centre

Draw Me a Dinosaur

As part of the work with the children, our dinosaur expert set a challenge – could they draw him a dinosaur?  As a further extension for the Reception-aged children, could they label the body parts of their dinosaur including its skull?  During the workshop with the Reception class, it was explained that palaeontologists call your head a skull and when working with the Nursery children, the eager, young learners confidently asserted that the helmet that a palaeontologist wears fits on their head!

At this school, there is a strong emphasis on giving every pupil access to a stimulating and balanced curriculum, lots of tactile activities were being prepared for the children by the dedicated teaching team.  In one part of the spacious classroom, a cargo net had been brought in and facts about dinosaurs posted up on the walls, as this area was soon to be turned into a “dinosaur den” for the children to explore.

All Set to Build a “Dinosaur Den” in the Classroom

Dinosaur den preparations in the Reception class.

All ready to build a colourful dinosaur den for the Foundation Stage children.

Picture Credit: Almondbury Community School/Greenside Centre

Dinosaur Footprints and a Dinosaur-themed “Hokey Cokey”

The Foundation Stage wing of the Greenside Centre was very busy with lots of activities for the children set out and the during the workshops the pupils demonstrated some super listening skills and they were very enthusiastic ammonites catching fish.  When pretending to be a giant, armoured dinosaur moving through the forest, our dinosaur expert witnessed super-sized steps, but slow moving dinosaurs keeping very quiet in case a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex came by.

The handy pronunciation guide we provided for the teachers should help with the scheme of work, along with the dinosaur footprints to measure and a special prehistoric animal-themed “hokey cokey” song for the children to learn.  Can they remember how many figures T. rex had?  How did a T. rex move its arms?

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