Key Stage 2 teaching resource: Jurassic forest
In this set of linked activities for teachers of Key Stage 2, children aged 7-11 discover the living things that existed in a Jurassic forest and create a Jurassic forest in their classroom.
They film a first-person perspective journey through their forest using a tablet or camera, and make and record Jurassic forest sounds to accompany it.
Not all activities will be relevant for all classes. The activities were developed to be broken up and used over a period of time and as suitable for your particular class.
Seven activities are listed below on this page, with scripts and supporting images. The whole list of activities can also be downloaded as a single PDF (4.6MB).
Curriculum learning outcomes
- children will learn the names of more than two living things in their local and wider environment (Science / The world around us)
- children will be able to identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants (Science)
- children will understand the life cycle of flowering plants (Science)
- children will be able to describe the life processes of reproduction in some plants (Science)
- children will apply multiplication (Mathematics)
More information on the curriculum links for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is available in the curriculum detail PDF (3.1MB)
Activity summary for teaching activities
An introductory postcard introduces the children to the Jurassic Coast and the fossils found along it, including the dinosaur footprints on the front of the card. It introduces the fossil Jurassic forest discovered in the cliffs of Dorset - a snapshot in stone of the sort of world where the Diplodocus Dippy was cast from would have lived.
The children’s challenge is to create a Jurassic forest in their classroom. They will explore the animals and, in particular, the plants that lived there. If feasible they will find ferns, conifer twigs and pine cones from a nearby woodland or parkland, to make their own Jurassic forest.
The resources and lesson ideas on this page give further tips on how to transform the classroom, and challenge the children to explore the similarities and differences between ferns and the flowering plants of today.
You can download an overview of the activities as a two-page PDF (2.7MB).