Oasis Academy Short Heath (Dinosaurs and Dragons)
Two Year 1 classes at Oasis Academy Short Heath (West Midlands, England) were treated to a dinosaur workshop this week. The workshops come hot on the heels of a week of studying Chinese dragons. The whole school seems to have got involved and when the Everything Dinosaur expert arrived and began to set up in the spacious school hall, a lot of the dragons that had been made as part of a homework challenge were on display. What a colourful collection too!
Dragons and Dinosaurs
Dragons on Display at Oasis Academy Short Heath
Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur
There were papier mâché dragons, dragons made from egg boxes, cereal packet dragons, sock dragons even some dragons that could be hung from the ceiling like a mobile. What a clever group of parents and pupils to make such fantastic creatures.
Year 1 Children
Year 1 children will be studying dinosaurs for the rest of the Spring Term, we wonder whether they will be able to make some models of dinosaurs.
Although dragon myths and legends are found in a number of cultures, they are principally associated with China. Dinosaur fossils have been discovered weathering out of rocks for thousands of years and in the past, fossil bones found in China were taken to be the remains of long dead, winged, monsters – dragons. “Dragon bones and teeth” were prized possessions thought magical with the ability to cure all manner of ills. It is very likely that the dragon myth came about as a result of the discovery of dinosaur fossils.
Dinosaur Fossils Probably Inspired the Dragon Myth
As part of our work with the Year 1 children we challenged the classes to have a go at designing their very own dinosaur. We have been promised some pictures, which we are really looking forward to. If the dragons are anything to go by, we are in for a treat.
Everything Dinosaur stocks an amazing range of prehistoric animal themed toys and gifts and even the occasional dragon (Rebor Komodo dragon).
To view the range of dinosaur toys and gifts available from Everything Dinosaur: Dinosaur Toys and Gifts.