Dino Scene Investigation

Event information

Event type: workshop

Location: Picnic Area

Suitable for: Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)

Capacity: 32 students

Duration: 45 minutes

Ticket prices:

£3 per student
Booking required

Perform your own fossil dig and draw conclusions about how dinosaurs looked in this hands-on workshop. 

From slow, plant-eating giants to fierce scavengers and hunters, dinosaurs dominated the land for over 160 million years. They died out around 65 million years ago. So how can we find out about what dinosaurs really looked like and how they lived?

Pupils will handle rocks and fossils, and find out what fossils are, what they can tell us and how palaeontologists study them to explore prehistoric life on Earth.

In this fun hands-on workshop, pupils work in groups to identify a range of fossils, perform their own fossil dig and work out what their mystery specimens might be through observation and measuring.

Learning themes: using observations to draw conclusions, finding out how scientists use evidence, fossils, dinosaurs, carnivores and herbivores

Pre-visit information and curriculum links PDF (60KB)

What teachers say

    'Our Year 3 children have loved learning about dinosaurs and the pre-historic world in their Humanities lessons so it was brilliant for them to become palaeontologists for this hands-on workshop. They were given the opportunity to handle the different types of fossils and even uncover a dinosaur skull!

    'They particularly loved using the paintbrushes and measuring the skull to find out which dinosaur it belonged to.'

Micaela Facino, Humanities co-ordinator, NQT Mentor and Year 3 Teacher, Oakfield Preparatory School

Event dates
18 October 2019 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
28 October 2019 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
29 October 2019 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
30 October 2019 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
31 October 2019 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
4 November 2019 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
5 November 2019 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
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How to book

To check availability for a school workshop at our Museum in South Kensington, or to enquire about a group visit during the week, please use the booking enquiry form.

If you have any specific requests, please call our School Bookings Team on +44 (0)20 7942 5555. Please read the pre-booking checklist (PDF 69kB) before you phone.

Lines are open Monday-Friday from 8.30-16.00.

Please read our payment and cancellation conditions before booking.

Essential information

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