Dino Scene Investigation
Event type: workshop
Location: Picnic Area
Suitable for: Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)
Capacity: 32 pupils
Duration: 45 minutes
£3 per pupil
Dinosaurs died out around 65 million years ago, so how can we find out about what dinosaurs really looked like and how they lived?
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.
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.
- Pupils learn how the Museum’s collections are sorted and studied by different scientists.
- Pupils examine rock and fossil specimens to develop their fossil identification skills.
- Pupils uncover a mystery specimen and examine its features. They then draw and measure their specimen, and compare it to known dinosaurs in order to identify what species it is.
Curriculum links: Rocks, Evolution and inheritance
Note: The activity works best if you visit the Dinosaurs gallery after the workshop.
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
School group visits to the Museum
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