Dinosaurs Come to Clutton C of E Primary

It was a Jurassic themed morning for the budding, young palaeontologists in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 at Clutton C of E Primary school.  The children had been learning all about dinosaurs and fossils under the guidance of the enthusiastic teaching team and to round off the week, a visit from an expert from Everything Dinosaur had duly been arranged.  Prior to the dinosaur and fossil themed workshop, the teaching team had time to show their visitor some of the excellent work that the children had been doing since they started the prehistoric animal themed topic two weeks ago.

What the Children Know About Dinosaurs

A KWL chart on dinosaurs.

What we know about dinosaurs (KWL chart).

Picture Credit: Clutton C of E Primary School/Everything Dinosaur

Lots of pre-knowledge was demonstrated by the children.  For example, Hayden commented that “a meteor crashed into the Earth and it caused tsunamis and the dinosaurs died”.  Well done Hayden, scientists think that a big rock from space did crash into the Earth some 66 million-years-ago and this may have been one of the key factors in the extinction of the dinosaurs.  Oliver stated that “T. rex ate the dinosaurs that had horns on their head”.  He is quite right, big meat-eaters like Tyrannosaurus rex did eat the plant-eating horned dinosaurs like Triceratops and Styracosaurus.

Tyrannosaurus rex Fighting a Horned Dinosaur (Styracosaurus)

T. rex fighting a horned dinosaur.

T. rex fighting Styracosaurus albertensis.

Picture Credit: John Gurche

Dinosaurs Roar

Abbie explained that dinosaurs could roar.  Some dinosaurs probably did make lots of noise, but other dinosaurs, especially some of the smaller ones, probably squeaked, squawked and may even have honked!  Esmé commented that dinosaurs hunt, the meat-eaters certainly did go hunting and in the workshop, the children learned how the colossal (good word Olivia), Ankylosaurus kept himself safe when a T. rex came into the forest.

During his visit, our dinosaur expert saw some amazing examples of the children’s work.  There was some super hand-writing on display and several beautiful dinosaur skeletons that had been made from tissue paper and glue.  The Foundation Stage and the Key Stage 1 pupils were certainly enjoying their dinosaur themed term topic.  We hope they enjoy the extension activities we provided and good luck with the dinosaur drawing exercise, remember to label those body parts including the skull!

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