The lost world of the dinosaurs and the fossilised remains they left behind have fascinated adults and children alike worldwide for more than 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 mysterious prehistoric creatures. Led by a member of our education team who will be with you for the duration of the session.
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. 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.
The class will be divided into three groups and each group will rotate around three hands on activities using the museum’s handling collections. These activities will explore dinosaur family groups, recreate a Cretaceous period environment and investigate a variety of fossils.
There will also be the opportunity to handle a life-sized Tyrannosaurus-Rex foot, a Protoceratops skull 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.