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8 03, 2019

Celebrating International Women’s Day

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day, an annual event that has its origins in the early part of the 20th century.  Over the last few years, with women’s rights and inequality issues gaining much greater media attention, this day has provided an opportunity to highlight the many challenging issues and barriers women face, for team members at Everything Dinosaur, it allows us a platform to celebrate and commemorate the huge contribution women have made and continue to make to science.

Spotted in a London Primary School – Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists

School poster acknowledges the role of women in science.

Celebrating the role of women in science.

Picture Credit: Ilderton Primary/Everything Dinosaur

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is: “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.  International Women’s Day has become an important date in the international calendar as it provides an opportunity to focus on the achievement of women and amongst other things to celebrate the role women play in the advancement of human knowledge and their contribution to society.  It also provides a focal point to address gender inequality.

When team members visit schools, we provide information to help the teachers to identify suitable role models for the children to learn about.  We have been lucky to have worked with some amazing scientists from all over the world and we can provide lots and lots of examples supporting the cause of gender equality in science, after all, the word scientist does not distinguish between male and female.

We Try and Breakdown Stereotypical Views about a Career in the Sciences

Developing scientists in schools.

Developing the next generation of scientists.  Helping to break down gender stereotypes.

Picture Credit: Lego

Celebrating the Life and Work of Mary Anning

One of the role models we suggest is Mary Anning (1799-1847).  This famous fossil hunter from Dorset and her story has become synonymous with elements of the national curriculum for schools (primary school level).  When we visit schools, we provide lots of additional teaching resources and we often challenge the class to research and write about Mary Anning (independent learning and non-chronological reporting).

A Challenge to a Key Stage 1 Class – Ten Questions About Mary Anning

Mary Anning Non-chronological report.

A non-chronological report exercise based on the life and work of Mary Anning.  Helping to promote the role of women in science.

Picture Credit: Mary Anning

Tomorrow, March 9th, is the anniversary of the death of Mary Anning, at just 47 years of age.  As well as working with Key Stage 1 children exploring the fossils that Mary Anning found and her role in helping to improve our understanding of prehistoric life, when working with older children in Upper Key Stage 2, we introduce other issues that are reflected in the life and work of the famous fossil hunter.  For example, in Georgian and early Victorian times, the academic world largely shunned the idea of women making a contribution to scientific enquiry.  During her lifetime, Mary Anning received little credit and very little reward for her efforts.  These days, we live in somewhat more enlightened times, although many might argue that there is still a long way to go before true equality is achieved.

When working with Year 5 and Year 6 students we explore how other scientists treated Mary and her endeavours.  She was not permitted to join the Geological Society of London, being a woman, this was forbidden and many of her male contemporaries not only refused to give her credit for her discoveries and insights, they actually took much of the credit for themselves.  Sadly, Mary died all too soon having spent much of her life in abject poverty.  When Everything Dinosaur team members visit Lyme Regis, where Mary was born, we make a pilgrimage to her grave at St Michael’s church and pay our respects.

Mary Anning’s Grave at Lyme Regis She is Buried Alongside Her Brother Joseph

Mary and Joseph Anning are buried here.

The grave of Mary and Joseph Anning.  It has become the custom to leave a fossil at the grave as a tribute to Mary’s contribution to science.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The Royal Society Acknowledges Mary Anning

In 2010, the Royal Society published a list of the top ten British women who had most influenced the history of science.  Mary Anning was included in this list.  Much has changed in terms of gender equality in the sciences, however, despite the Royal Society having its roots in the early 1660’s, it is worth remembering that the first female Fellow was not elected until 1945 (we think).

Another female scientist included in the Royal Society list was the chemist, biologist and physicist Rosalind Franklin.  Rosalind was an outstanding polymath who made an enormous contribution to our understanding of DNA and RNA and pioneered X-ray crystallography (XRC).  Rosalind Franklin is commemorated on the poster we spotted in the primary school.

Rosalind Franklin is Featured on the School Poster Praising the Contribution of Women in Science

Highlighting the work of Rosalind Franklin.

The work of Rosalind Franklin is highlighted.

Picture Credit: Ilderton Primary/Everything Dinosaur

16 01, 2019

Year 1 Children Prepare Questions About Dinosaurs

By | January 16th, 2019|Educational Activities, Main Page, Photos/Schools, Teaching|0 Comments

Dinosaur Questions from Year 1 at Barford Primary

Children in Year 1 at Barford Primary (Ladywood, Birmingham), have embarked on a new term topic.  Under the enthusiastic and expert guidance of their teachers, the children are learning all about dinosaurs, fossils and life in the past.  One of Everything Dinosaur’s dinosaur and fossil experts was dispatched to the school to visit 1G and 1L to help kick-off the dinosaur themed topic in style.

Prior to delivering the two workshops (one workshop for each Year 1 class), our team member was given the chance to discuss learning objectives and outcomes with the class teachers in a spacious and very tidy Year 1 classroom.

The children had been thinking of questions that they would like to know the answer to, a start had been made on one of the classroom display boards and some questions had already been posted up.

Children at Barford Primary School (Year 1) Prepare Questions About Prehistoric Animals and Fossils

Questions about dinosaurs from Year 1 (Barford Primary)

Barford Primary – dinosaur questions.  The two classes of Year 1 children had been preparing questions about dinosaurs and life in the past.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Barford Primary

Learning About Fossils

During the workshop, the children were able to handle the same sort of fossils that Mary Anning, the famous fossil hunter from Dorset would have discovered on the beach at Lyme Regis.  Mary Anning makes a fine role model for children in Key Stage 1, as she was not much older when she found the fossilised remains of a huge marine reptile (Ichthyosaur) eroding out of the cliffs close to her home town.

One of the questions asked by the pupils was “how is a fossil made?”  Using simple language and terms our dinosaur expert leading the workshop was able to explain how most fossils are formed and that it is because we have fossils, such as bones, teeth and footprints that palaeontologists have been able to demonstrate that millions of years ago giant reptiles roamed the Earth.  All very helpful with the scheme of work for the Year 1 children as another question asked by a budding, young scientist was “how do we know that dinosaurs existed?”

Fossils Help Scientists to Learn About Life in the Past

A Gorgosaurus on display.

Gorgosaurus fossil display.  Fossils help scientists to learn about life in the past.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Manchester University

Populating a Prehistoric Scene

One of the questions that our staff member spotted whilst visiting the Year 1 children (1G and 1L), was “what killed the dinosaurs”?  The children were keen to demonstrate their pre-knowledge and provided very confident answers, in the challenging and engaging scheme of work prepared for the term topic, the question concerning what caused the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs will be thoroughly researched and explored.  One theory that has been proposed is that a long period of volcanism caused global climate change, this volcanism in conjunction with an extra-terrestrial impact event led to the extinction of around seventy percent of all life on land, including the non-avian dinosaurs.

Volcanic Eruptions Could Have Played a Role in the Extinction of the Dinosaurs

Barford Primary (Year 1) design a prehistoric scene.

Primary school children design their own dinosaur landscape.  Volcanic eruptions could have been a factor in the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Barford Primary

15 07, 2013

Two-Headed, Fire Breathing, Water Spraying Monster

By | July 15th, 2013|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Educational Activities, Photos/Schools, Press Releases|0 Comments

Beacon Museum Announces Competition Winner

One lucky school girl has won the chance for herself and her classmates to visit the new exhibitions at the Beacon Museum which opened this weekend.  Whitehaven in Cumbria is having its very own monster, double-bill with two exhibitions running concurrently at the Beacon Museum, “Ice Age – Life after the Dinosaurs” and “Shark – Myths and Reality”

Elle Jenkinson, aged 9, of St Bridget’s RC Primary School in Egremont, won a drawing competition organised by the enthusiastic museum staff, children were invited to design their own prehistoric monster.  Elle’s winning entry was a colourful drawing of a two-headed monster, that could breathe fire and spray water.

Elle Jenkinson’s Monster Drawing
Fire breathing, water spraying monster.
Picture Credit: Elle Jenkinson

Four other entries were highly commended and received prizes.  These were by Tess Cullen of Thwaites School, Dylan Hodgson of Kells Infant School, Jennifer Eve Gillon of Eaglesfield Paddle Primary School and Evan Casson of Moor Row Community School.

Around a hundred primary school children from West Cumbria entered the competition.  They created their own magnificent monsters and beasts in the hope of winning the chance for their whole class to come face to face with life-size replicas of giant beasts, superb sharks and unbelievable underwater creatures.

The competition was judged by the Mayor and Mayoress of Copeland, Geoff and Sandra Garrity who said:

“The children had obviously had real fun creating these amazing pictures.  The imagination and thought that they had put into their drawings really was wonderful.”

The exhibitions currently on at the Beacon Museum will give visitors the chance  to get up close to some real monsters that once roamed the Earth as well as to learn more about the fascinating world of the shark, some of which, the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) for example, can grow to be as long as a bus.  Fortunately, these giants are filter feeders and not likely to attack divers.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It was a great idea for the Beacon Museum to organise a drawing competition.  A chance for school children to imagine strange and bizarre animals, with the prize being a visit to the exhibitions to learn all about some very real and even more strange and bizarre animals that are known to science.”

“Ice Age – Life after the Dinosaurs” and “Shark – Myths and Reality” is on from now until the 5th January 2014, for further information: The Beacon Museum

10 05, 2013

Colourful Thank You Letters From Year 2

By | May 10th, 2013|Educational Activities, Photos/Schools, Press Releases, Teaching|0 Comments

School Children Studying Dinosaurs Say Thank You

A few days ago Everything Dinosaur received a parcel from a teacher at a primary school we had visited (Great Wood Primary).  The teacher had asked her pupils to compose a thank you letter and to write about some of things they did during our visit to their school.   The parcel contained a set of thank you notes with lots of amazing and very colourful prehistoric animal drawings.  There were many different designs, although long-necked dinosaurs (Sauropods), proved a particularly popular subject for the front of the card.

Dinosaur Themed Thank You Letters

Drawings of long-necked dinosaurs (Sauropods) proved to be popular.

Drawings of long-necked dinosaurs (Sauropods) proved to be popular.

Picture Credit: James and Olivia

Ellie drew a flying reptile on the front of her card and she enjoyed learning about Tyrannosaurus rex, whilst Amy chose to illustrate her card with lots of pink dinosaurs and liked learning about Triceratops the best.  Jake drew a very scary looking dinosaur on his thank you card, Lucy illustrated her card with a spiky dinosaur, Matthew (Matthewosaurus) was particularly impressed with the skull of the armoured dinosaur that he saw.

Our mailbag was full of lovely dinosaur cards.

Our mailbag was full of lovely dinosaur cards.

Picture Credit: Elliot and Aki

Leah wrote that she “learned that T. rex had very big teeth“, Josh sent in a card covered with big ticks and asked how did the dinosaurs come alive?  A terrific question Josh, we think that all dinosaurs hatched from eggs, perhaps you can think of animals that are alive today that hatch from eggs, can you and your classmates come up with a list?  We loved the big smiling dinosaur on Toby’s card and Spencer wrote a very long letter, recalling lots of facts about dinosaurs that had come up in our work that day.  Our thanks to Dylan for his wonderful dinosaur drawing, the big bones that were in one of the boxes were part of the leg bones from a Stegosaurus, well spotted Dylan!

Spinosaurus and Spinosaurs by Max

Max drew a multi-coloured Spinosaurus.

Max drew a multi-coloured Spinosaurus.

Picture Credit: Max

Lucy said that she had lots of fun and liked handling the fossils, she even drew some bones on the front of her card, Ruby had a great time as well and she liked learning about teeth. Isobel sent in a lovely picture of a dinosaur with a big smile, must be a very friendly dinosaur.

Our thanks to all the pupils for creating such wonderful cards and to their teacher for taking time out of her busy schedule to send them into us.

Our Iguanodon gives Great Wood Primary a big “thumbs up”.

Iguanodon Gives the School Children a Big “Thumbs Up”!

Praise from a dinosaur!

Praise from a dinosaur!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

14 02, 2013

Talented Young Palaeontologists at Rode Heath Primary School

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Year 2 Demonstrate their Dinosaur Drawing Skills

Another day and another school visit, this time to Rode Heath Primary School in Cheshire.  The year two children under the tutelage of Mrs Woollam the class teacher, have been studying dinosaurs this term.  There was lots of artwork on display including a very colourful wall mural showing, in the foreground, a bright orange Tyrannosaurus rex chomping on a bone.

Rode Heath Primary with their own “Walking with Dinosaurs” Wall Display

A very colourful dinosaur scene.

A very colourful dinosaur scene.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The T. rex is heading towards a group of herbivorous dinosaurs.  There are horned dinosaurs (Ceratopsians), and an Ankylosaurus whilst amongst the trees two Titanosaurs lurk.  It is certainly a very impressive mural.  Forming a border around the picture there are some cut-out Tridactyl (three-toed) dinosaur footprints intermingled with footprints made by the school children.

Year two have been busy making exhibits for their very own dinosaur museum.  Teaching Assistant Mrs Hulse was busy taking photographs of the fossils that we brought so that they too could be included in the class museum. Some of the pupils are going to be tour guides for the museum so they will have to “bone up” on lots of dinosaur facts and figures.

Dinosaurs and fossils make an excellent subject for a term topic.  Lots and lots of extension activities can be employed to help children develop writing and numeracy skills.   For example, Mrs Woollam’s class have been working on their own dinosaur “pop-up” books, showcasing some of the artwork they have produced as well as providing a great platform for creative writing.

Chloe Thompson (aged 7), decided to include a very fierce looking meat-eating dinosaur in her pop-up book.   Team members at Everything Dinosaur were very impressed with the big teeth.

Pink and Blue Meat-eating Dinosaur by Chloe Thompson

A very colourful dinosaur.

A very colourful dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Chloe Thompson

If you look carefully you can see that Chloe has added some dinosaur bones in the foreground.  Part of the lesson covered the different types of dinosaur, herbivore, carnivore and even omnivores.

Millie and her Herbivorous Dinosaur

A Sauropod suns himself.

A Sauropod suns himself.

Picture Credit: Millie

Millie chose to depict a plant-eating dinosaur in her pop-up book.  The Sauropod is painted with blues, greens and even a little bit of pink – nice one Millie.

The pupils have had the chance to explore dinosaur footprints, we showed some bones and the children had guess which part of the dinosaur they were.  Jonny (aged 6) depicted a set of dinosaur tracks in his special dinosaur book.

Jonny Illustrates a Set of Dinosaur Footprints

Depicting a Dinosaur Trackway

Depicting a Dinosaur Trackway.

Picture Credit: Jonny (aged 6)

The children had prepared lots of questions, including one about Giganotosaurus.  We did our best to answer them all and to explain about flying reptiles, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.  The team members at Everything Dinosaur were most impressed with the creative writing, the artwork and the knowledge demonstrated by the children.

9 11, 2012

Teaching Science in Schools

By | November 9th, 2012|Educational Activities, Photos/Schools, Press Releases|0 Comments

Year 4 Meet up with Everything Dinosaur (Year 8 Helped)

An interesting assignment this morning working with a number of gifted and talented pupils from feeder Primary schools at Painsley Catholic College (Staffordshire).  Rated by OFSTED as “outstanding”, Painsley Catholic College is one of approximately 360 schools in the country that have the designation of being a specialist science school.  The facilities at the College are excellent.  The well appointed science department is staffed by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of teaching staff, laboratory technicians and administrators.  It has seven well resourced laboratories, including three ICT rooms designed to fit the needs of key stage three and four pupils.  The College also has five teaching laboratories designed to meet the requirements of teaching students aged sixteen plus.

One of the Science Labs at Painsley Catholic College where Everything Dinosaur was Teaching

Well resourced teaching facilities.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The aim of the Science department at the College is to make learning about how things work interesting and exciting and to make all students enthusiastic about learning scientific ideas, encouraging the scientists of the future.  The College wants to develop all students’ scientific skills and in an ever developing scientific world, ensure that all our students can embrace new ideas and understanding of the world around them.

We at Everything Dinosaur share this philosophy and this morning we worked with Year four pupils (aged 8-9) who had come in to the College to learn a little about Earth sciences with one of our teacher/dinosaur experts.  Students from Painsley Catholic College, year eight (aged 12-13), had been invited to help with the assignments – studying a dinosaur trackway and exploring some ideas about Triceratops horridus and Tyrannosaurus rex.

Mrs Rolfe, one of the science teachers at the College, took plenty of photographs and we look forward to seeing some of these pictures showing the young scientists hard at work studying fossils and using observation, investigation and evaluation to study scientific principles.

28 06, 2010

Taking a Photograph of a Dragonfly Prior to a School Visit to Talk about Fossils

By | June 28th, 2010|Educational Activities, Photos/Schools, Teaching|0 Comments

Picture of a Dragonfly to Help Teach about Fossils

As team members at Everything Dinosaur prepare for a dinosaur workshop as the Summer term draws to a close, we have been asked to show examples of living creatures that have been around on planet Earth for a long time.  Naturally we have dug out our information on the Tuatara from New Zealand, plus information on Horseshoe crabs and other such creatures, all part of our preparations for teaching about dinosaurs with Year 4.  Coincidently, one of our team members spotted a dragonfly emerging from our office pond and they were able to take a photograph whilst this beautiful insect was drying its wings.

A Picture of a Dragonfly

Fossils of Dragonflies preserved from the Carboniferous.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Always a pleasure to see a member of the Odonta Order emerging from our office pond, such creatures have, very rarely been preserved in the fossil record.

To read an article on the discovery of a dragonfly fossil: Spectacular Insect Fossil from the Eastern USA.

Dragonflies are amazing aerial acrobats and Everything Dinosaur team members enjoy watching them during their office breaks, in between preparing lesson plans for more dinosaur workshops of course.

To view the extensive range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed gifts and toys available from Everything Dinosaur’s award-winning website: Visit Everything Dinosaur.

9 02, 2008

A Picture of a Triceratops Dinosaur Model

By | February 9th, 2008|Everything Dinosaur Products, Photos/Schools|0 Comments

Triceratops Dinosaur Model Pictured

When it comes to horned dinosaurs (Ceratopsians), the most popular member of this particular clade of the Dinosauria amongst boys, girls and general fans of dinosaur models is Triceratops (T. horridus).  To celebrate this and in tribute to all those emails and letters we receive asking for Everything Dinosaur to post up pictures of “three horned face” we have popped up a picture of the Schleich Triceratops.

Picturing a Horned Dinosaur (T. horridus)

Schleich Triceratops.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Schleich, the German based manufacturer, have produced a number of dinosaur models.  Triceratops has always featured prominently in Schleich dinosaur model lists and it is likely that this perennial favourite will continue to feature in dinosaur model and prehistoric animal replica ranges.

To view Schleich dinosaur and prehistoric animals: Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Models.

17 06, 2007

Dinosaurs for Schools with Everything Dinosaur

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Everything Dinosaur Prepares for Another Dinosaur Workshop in School

With the summer term drawing to a close, time to cement those facts about dinosaurs in the minds of children who have been studying prehistoric animals as part of their topics for the term.  Everything Dinosaur team members are busy packing experiments, equipment and fossils for more visits to schools to teach about fossils, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.

Ready for Another School Visit

Ready for Business!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

With lesson plans and teaching sessions aimed at children at Foundation Stage right up to Key Stage four and beyond, the Everything Dinosaur team members have been very busy over the last few months.  All their dinosaur themed teaching work mirrors the National Curriculum and after a dinosaur workshop, staff are always keen to help out and advise on extension activities.  Team members will be writing new lesson plans and schemes of work over the summer months in readiness for teaching about dinosaurs in school over the autumn term.

To visit Everything Dinosaur’s website: Everything Dinosaur.

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