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What's that dinosaur?

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 1
  • Subjects: History, Science
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 32
  • Venue: World Museum
  • Free


The lost world of the dinosaurs and the fossilised remains they left behind have fascinated adults and children alike worldwide for over 150 years. The challenge we face is that dinosaurs lived and died millions of years ago; so how do we know what they looked like, and how can we tell them apart? This session investigates these mysetrious prehistoric creatures. Led by a member of our education team who will be with you for the duration of the session.

Further details


This museum-led session introduces pupils to the seven group types of dinosaur. As each group is presented pupils will identify and name the key anatomical features (such as: head, neck, arms, legs, face, eyes, mouth and teeth). These features will then be explored in detail through a variety of models and fossils. By looking at similarities and differences students will discover how animals can be grouped together or classified, including grouping animals according to diet, behaviour or physical features. Throughout the session pupils will have the opportunity to handle a wide selection of the museum’s handling collection including a Stegosaurus armour plate, a life-sized Tyrannosaurus-Rex foot and a Protoceratops skull offering a playful and unique way for students to explore and answer questions about dinosaurs and their habitats which cannot be offered within a classroom.

Curriculum links

Science – Key Stage 1

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals including humans

 Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • identify and name a variety of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods
  • describe and compare the physical structure of the key dinosaur group types
  • gain insight into the basic process of fossilisation  
  • identify the key differences between things that are living and dead


Pupils will:

  • be introduced to the work of a paleontologist
  • appreciate prehistoric animals in their historical context
  • learn that today’s living species can be traced back through to long extinct ancestors through evolutionary paths
  • appreciate that objects displayed and worked with in the museum are to be treated with respect


Pupils will:

  • have the opportunity to draw on and share their existing knowledge whilst also being encouraged to absorb and recall new information assimilated throughout the session
  • use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions including observing, identifying, classifying and grouping
  • improve their speaking and listening skills
  • extend specialist vocabulary
  • improve their confidence by individual participation in dramatic sections of the presentation


Pupils will:

  • be confident in interpreting information about dinosaurs
  • have developed respect and appreciation for the dinosaur fossils on display after learning
  • see the museum as a resource for scientific research to help understand the prehistoric world.
  • see the World Museum as an enjoyable and stimulating place to visit.