All about dinosaurs, fossils and prehistoric animals by Everything Dinosaur team members.
22 09, 2018

Key Stage 1 and Dinosaurs

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Key Stage 1 Classes at Strawberry Fields Primary Study Dinosaurs

The children in the three Key Stage 1 classes at Strawberry Fields Primary are certainly enjoying their term topic all about dinosaurs, fossils and life in the past.  The dedicated teaching team have developed a challenging and varied term topic for the pupils.  The budding young palaeontologists in Year 1 (class 1MM), have been working out whether “a dinosaur would make a good pet”.  Some of the fierce meat-eating dinosaurs we talked about during our school visit, might not make ideal pets, but some of the smaller plant-eaters, (herbivores) might have been better suited.  The dinosaurs would certainly have been curious to visit the amazing dinosaur den that had been set up in the classroom, complete with a beautiful crepe paper volcano overlooking it.

A Model of a Volcano on Display in the Classroom

Year 1 model volcano.

A wonderful representation of a volcano on display in a Year 1 classroom.

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Bright and Colourful Prehistoric Animal Displays

The children in the three Key Stage 1 classes (1MM, 1/2CE and 2MC), were keen to display their knowledge and explained confidently how the dinosaurs died out.  Prior to our workshops, we provided some additional resources and we emailed over to the school a lesson plan that we had devised that examined the question “why do asteroids always land in craters”?   This lesson plan and the other materials we provided were aimed at supporting the school’s scheme of work and to engage the children with the concept of “scientific working”.

Lots of Brightly Coloured Prehistoric Animals on Display Around the Spacious Classrooms

Key Stage 1 prehistoric animal window display.

A colourful long-necked prehistoric animal window display in Key Stage 1.

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Three-dimensional Dinosaur Model

In the tidy and well-appointed classrooms, our dinosaur expert who visited the school spotted lots of excellent examples of the children’s work.  There was even a three-dimensional model of the head of a Triceratops looking down on the display boards in one of the classrooms.  These display boards were rapidly becoming filled with examples of the children’s non-chronological reports, questions that they had researched about dinosaurs, fact sheets and plenty of colourful prehistoric animal themed artwork.

The Head of a Triceratops Looks Down on the Class Display Boards

Triceratops head on display in a Key Stage 1 classroom.

A three-dimensional Triceratops head on display in the classroom.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our very best wishes to all the young palaeontologists in Key Stage 1 at Strawberry Fields Primary and also to the hard-working teaching team that had put together such an exciting and challenging term topic for the children.

22 09, 2018

Strawberry Fields Primary and Dinosaurs

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Strawberry Fields Primary and Dinosaurs

To conclude a busy week for Everything Dinosaur team members there was a trip to Yorkshire to work with the enthusiastic children in Key Stage 1 at Strawberry Fields Primary.  A very colourful prehistoric animal themed window display in one of the classrooms (2MC) was spotted.  The long-necked, purple-coloured prehistoric animal was surrounded by post-it notes that the children had used to fill with dinosaur and fossil themed facts that they had researched.

A Purple Prehistoric Animal Spotted in the Classroom

Prehistoric animal window display.

Long-necked prehistoric animal spotted in the classroom (Key Stage 1 – Year 2).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Plesiosaur or Sauropod

The teachers were not sure whether their purple prehistoric animal was a plesiosaur or a long-necked dinosaur.  They thought that it resembled animal like the Loch Ness monster, but there were leaves at the base of the neck, so perhaps this was a land animal.  The children had decided that the creature was a marine reptile, a sea monster and therefore not a dinosaur but a plesiosaur.  Pupils were happy to display their knowledge and to explain that plesiosaurs were not related to Tyrannosaurus rex and that Pteranodon was not a dinosaur but a flying reptile.

The well-appointed and tidy classrooms featured lots of displays supporting the term topic “dinosaurs”.  The children in Year 1 for example, had created a dinosaur den in their classroom, there was even a crepe paper volcano in the corner.  The children confidently explained that an “asteroid had hit the Earth and this killed the dinosaurs.”

Prior to our workshops with the classes, we provided some additional teaching resources and during our dinosaur workshops we made sure to link to several extension ideas which we were also able to support with extra teaching materials.

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