Dino Dan

This bookable activity is free and has curriculum links appropriate for KS1 pupils.

Pre-visit information and curriculum links PDF (105.4 KB)

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Our intrepid explorer Dino Dan has just returned from the deserts of Mongolia and he’d like to share his adventures with you. Meet him in the galleries and help him piece together the evidence of his discoveries and dinosaurs, using the skills of a palaeontologist.

Overview of the session:

  • Dino Dan introduces himself and explains that he has been exploring in his attic, finding things that belonged to his grandfather - a famous 'dinosaur hunter' called Roy Chapman Andrews. He asks the children what their grandparents might have done as jobs when they were young.
  • Dino Dan talks about the clothes he is wearing, and the objects he has found. He pieces together the clues about his grandfather's life. Artefacts include a skull and a fossil - he talks about these and asks how we work out things from looking at objects.
  • He tells the story of the Oviraptor and how scientists named this dinosaur. He then explains how scientists have changed their ideas based on the evidence that has been found.
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