St Nicholas-at-Wade pupils discover world of dinosaurs

Head Teacher Taralee Kennedy with pupils and their fossils

Delving into the past to discover the dynasty of the dinosaurs is a mighty challenge being enjoyed by children at St Nicholas-at-Wade Church of England Primary School.

Pupils are unearthing information about the rampaging creatures that prowled the Earth with their enormous swishing tails and their fearsome teeth.

Years 1 and 2 became palaeontologists – scientists who study bones and fossils – and used special brushes to uncover a range of fossils and identify the creatures.

The Life Long Ago workshop is part of their exciting Dinosaur Planet topic that includes a range of activities such as classifying animals according to their diet, and writing non-fiction reports about dinosaurs.

As part of their homework studies the children have a number of dinosaur-related challenges including writing a dinosaur poem and creating their own dinosaur, complete with a fact file full of interesting information.

Head Teacher Taralee Kennedy said the two year groups are really engaged with the topic and are relishing digging deep to unearth a whole range of dazzling dinosaur facts.

She added: “Their learning journey lends itself to cross-curricular creativity and it is clear that they are really keen to find out all they can about the development of this fascinating species and its relevance in the development of our planet.

“They will also learn all about Mary Anning, who in 1812 discovered the skeleton of an Ichthyosaur. She is a really important character as one of the great women who have made great discoveries.

“A key aspect of the work we do at St Nicholas is about challenging gender stereotypes and showing our pupils that they can be anything they want to be – this is an important life lesson for them to embrace.”

Fact file: Mary Anning was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for the discoveries she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis in Dorset. Her findings contributed to changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth.

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