Dino Dig Workshop

Children with a workshop leader using brushes to uncover a dinosaur skull

Event information

Event type: Workshop

Location: Investigate, Lower Ground Floor (Green Zone)

Suitable for: Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)

Capacity: 35 pupils

Duration: 35 minutes

Ticket prices: £3 per pupil

Booking required by phone

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

Workshop rundown

  • Pupils learn how the Museum’s collections are studied by different scientists.
  • Pupils examine fossil specimens to develop their fossil identification skills.
  • Pupils uncover a mystery specimen and examine its features. They measure their specimen, and compare it to known dinosaurs in order to identify what species it is.
  • Pupils look for clues about how the dinosaurs behaved from fossil evidence.

Further information

Curriculum links: Rocks, Evolution and inheritance

Note: The activity works best if you visit the Dinosaurs gallery after the workshop.

Support notes PDF (108KB)

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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.

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Micaela Facino

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

Event dates and times

The workshop runs at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm on the weekdays shown below. The duration is 35 minutes.

June 2024

12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 26, 27

July 2024

1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 24

Sept 2024

17, 19, 20, 25, 24, 26, 27

Oct 2024

1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25

Nov 2024

12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

Dec 2024

3, 5, 6, 10, 13, 17, 19, 20

How to book

All workshops must be prebooked by phone. The dates listed above are not live and you will need to contact us for availability.

You can book for dates up to December 2024, during term time. Bookings must be made at least three weeks in advance.

This workshop is for KS2 (ages 7-11).

The maximum capacity per workshop is 35 pupils. Bookings must be for a minimum of 15 pupils.

To check dates and make a booking, please read our essential information page, then phone the bookings team.

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