In 1842 a new word entered the English language, 'dinosaur' meaning terrible lizard. These were animals unlike any other - monstrous in size and with no apparent living descendants. So how do we know what they looked like, how they lived and what kind of habitat they lived in? This session investigates these mysterious prehistoric creatures. Led by a member of our education team who will be with you for the duration of the session.
In this museum-led session pupils will handle a variety of different animal bones as they explore the process of fossilisation and how it helps us to understand a lost world.
The class will then be divided into three groups and each group will rotate around three hands on activities using the museum’s handling collections. In these activities pupils will take on the role of junior palaeontologists, investigating skeletal adaptations, learning how to differentiate dinosaur fossils from non-dinosaur fossils, and will have a go at piecing together a dinosaur skeleton from a confusing array of bones.
There will also be the opportunity to handle a life-sized Stegosaurus tail spike, a Protoceratops skull, an Oviraptor claw and even some dinosaur poo! This session offers a playful and unique way for pupils to explore and answer questions about dinosaurs and their habitats which cannot be offered within a classroom.
We need adult help to ensure the pupils have the best possible experience and to ensure the safety of the handling objects. For this reason you must bring at least three adults for this session as the class is split into three groups and teachers are needed to help pupils complete each of the object based activities.
Please arrive on time for your workshop or we may not be able to run it for you. Please share these notes with your adult helpers before your visit. This will help them to support your pupils have a successful and enjoyable day.
Through participating in this session students are encouraged to think about democracy, individual liberty and tolerance.