Oasis Academy Short Heath (Dinosaurs and Dragons)

Two Year 1 classes at Oasis Academy Short Heath (West Midlands, England) were treated to a dinosaur workshop this week.  The workshops come hot on the heels of a week of studying Chinese dragons.  The whole school seems to have got involved and when the Everything Dinosaur expert arrived and began to set up in the spacious school hall, a lot of the dragons that had been made as part of a homework challenge were on display.  What a colourful collection too!

Dragons on Display at Oasis Academy Short Heath

We are not sure what the collective noun for dragons is.

We are not sure what the collective noun for dragons is.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

There were papier mâché dragons, dragons made from egg boxes, cereal packet dragons, sock dragons even some dragons that could be hung from the ceiling like a mobile.  What a clever group of parents and pupils to make such fantastic creatures.

An Amazing Array of Fantastic Dragons

Models of dragons on display at a school.

Models of dragons on display at a school.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Year 1 children will be studying dinosaurs for the rest of the Spring Term, we wonder whether they will be able to make some models of dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs and Dragons

Although dragon myths and legends are found in a number of cultures, they are principally associated with China.  Dinosaur fossils have been discovered weathering out of rocks for thousands of years and in the past, fossil bones found in China were taken to be the remains of long dead, winged, monsters – dragons.  ”Dragon bones and teeth” were prized possessions thought magical with the ability to cure all manner of ills.  It is very likely that the dragon myth came about as a result of the discovery of dinosaur fossils.

Dinosaur Fossils Probably Inspired the Dragon Myth

The dragon myth was probably inspired by dinosaur bones.

The dragon myth was probably inspired by dinosaur bones.

As part of our work with the  Year 1 children we challenged the classes to have a go at designing their very own dinosaur.  We have been promised some pictures, which we are really looking forward to.  If the dragons are anything to go by, we are in for a treat.

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