Autumn 1- Dinosaur Planet
This project teaches children about dinosaurs and fossils, and the amazing discoveries of palaeontologists such as Mary Anning.
LQ: How do you create a dinosaur egg?
The children were given the following information;
- The Maiasaur laid their eggs in a circle.
- Saurapods laid theirs in a row as if they were laid while walking.
- Hypselosaurus laid football sized eggs in groups of five.
They used manipulation methods such as squeezing, pinching, pulling, pressing, squashing and smoothing to create dinosaur eggs with their play dough.
They were able to demonstrate that they understood how the eggs were laid by shaping their play dough.
LQ: How do you label the parts of a plant?
The children listened to the story 'Little Sunflower' to help them understand the parts of a plant. The book provided visual representations of a petal, stem, leaves and roots. Once they had learnt the key vocabulary of todays session, they had a go at labelling the flowers in small groups. By the end of the lesson, the children were able to label the parts of a plant and could talk about their new knowledge with peers.
LQ: How do you identify dinosaur teeth?
To start off with the children recapped their understanding of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We then spoke about how dinosaurs needed different shaped teeth to able to chew through meat and grass. By the end of the lesson they were able to sort a range of dinosaur teeth into carnivore and omnivore teeth. They used the key vocabulary 'flat' for herbivore teeth and 'sharp' for carnivore teeth.
LQ: Who is Mary Anning and why is she significant?
The children watched a short story about the life of Mary Anning. By the end of the session, children were able to explain that Mary Anning was a significant person because she was a famous fossil hunter.
The children were shocked to find out that she sold the first fossils that she found for only 1 pence.
The story of Mary Anning really inspired some of the children and some of them even decided that they would like to be a palaeontologist when they are older.
Prior to our engage day, we discussed what we already knew about dinosaurs. We then spoke about what we would like to find out throughout the topic.
Engage day- Making and drawing fossils
We explored fossils and watched videos of palaeontologists finding fossils.
We worked in groups to make our own salt dough fossils and even had a go at drawing them.
Engage day- Measuring dinosaur footprints
The children came in from dinner and there were footprints everywhere. They weren't just any footprints though... they were dinosaur footprints. They used their maths skills and cubes to compare the size of the footprints . They enjoyed working in teams to find out how many cubes long each footprint was.
Engage day- Discovering a dinosaur egg
The children went to explore the outside area after finding footprints leading to Waltz Wood. When we got there, we found a giant egg. We carefully passed the egg around and shared our ideas about what could be living inside the egg. We spoke about how to care for the egg and decided to work together to make nests to keep the egg warm.
Engage day- Dinosaur landscapes
The children were shown lots of different photographs of dinosaurs and were encouraged to describe the shapes, patterns and colours in the pictures. We collected natural resources from the outside area and worked in teams to make prehistoric landscapes. At the end each group went around and looked at the designs.
Look at our dazzling dinosaurs!
We used the watercolour paints to create dazzling dinosaurs.
For many of us it was our first time using watercolours. Miss Clark thinks that we did a fantastic job!