Armed with fossil brushes and inquisitive minds, they threw themselves into a range of archaeological activities and began to delve millions of year into the past when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
In the Art rooms, Mrs O’Neill and Miss Wakelin led workshops where the children created their own fossils using clay and plaster of paris. They started by rolling their clay blocks into pancakes, and then imprinted miniature dinosaurs to give an outline of how their skeletons would look. They then created impressions of how they would have thought their footsteps would have looked and once this was done, their moulds were filled with plaster of paris and left to set.
Meanwhile, down the stairs in Mr Watsons’s room, children could be found sifting through sand pits with brushes and their fingers, digging out delicate dinosaur’s bones and then reconstructing their skeletons to discover exactly which ancient creatures they had discovered. Next door in my room, some children were finding out information about various famous dinosaurs so that they could create their own ‘Top Trump’s cards and then use them to battle amongst themselves.
Just along the corridor with Mr Foster, other children were working together in teams to try to solve challenging skeleton jigsaws from unidentified dinosaurs whilst children with Mr Chadderton were using the school IPADs to create word clouds with rich vocabulary to help describe these incredible, long forgotten beasts.
The sea of smiling faces at the end of the day showed how much the children had enjoyed themselves and this was only the first day of their new topic!
‘I really enjoyed learning about the T-Rex because I found out that even though he wasn’t the biggest and heaviest, he was the most dangerous and that is why he was the King of the dinosaurs!’ – Dan Jun 3U
“I loved digging up the dinosaur bones because just when you were ready to give up, you found another fossil.” Carla – 3B
Michael Hudspith, Year 3 Class Teacher