School Pupils Learn All About Mammoths and Woolly Rhinos
Children in Year 3 at Haverigg Primary School were happy to show our dinosaur expert how much they knew about prehistoric animals. Under the enthusiastic tutelage of the teaching team the children had been studying different parts of human history beginning with the Stone Age. We were happy to point out how long ago dinosaurs lived before the likes of the Stone Age came along, a simple demonstration using a clapping exercise was a helpful way of illustrating just how deep geological time can be.
With the assistance of some very knowledgeable Year 3 students we explained how fossils form and what types of rock are likely to contain fossils. In addition, we helped the children gain an appreciation about what fossils can tell us (and perhaps, as importantly), can’t tell us about animals and plants that lived long ago.
Mammoths and Woolly Rhinos
The children had created lots of very well labelled posters. Each class had been split into teams and given the task of researching and writing about a certain type of prehistoric mammal that might have roamed the land now known as the United Kingdom sometime in the past.
To view the large range of prehistoric mammal models available from Everything Dinosaur: Models of Prehistoric Mammals.
Year 3 Children Research Prehistoric Mammals
Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur
In addition, we discussed the important role of Mary Anning and her contribution to the nascent science of palaeontology. We set each class a couple of challenges as part of planned extension activities agreed with the teaching team. The Everything Dinosaur team members are looking forward to seeing the results.
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:
“The children loved showing how much they had learned as they studied this topic. They also enjoyed the fossil workshop immensely and we look forward to hearing how they have progressed with the extension activities we set after teaching about fossils in school.”