Dinosaurs for Foundation and Reception

Children at Foundation Stage can often demonstrate a fascination for dinosaurs, these huge, ancient reptiles that once roamed our planet.  Teachers and their learning support providers can utilise this fascination to establish a creative approach to learning.  Prehistoric animals can be an aid to helping children settle into the more ordered and structured routine of a school and aid them in the development of literacy and numeracy.

At the heart of the Early Years Foundation Stage is the need to develop the broad range of personal and group skills that a young child will need as they grow up and enter more formal education.  A term topic involving “Creatures from the Past”, “Dinosaurs” or the “Jurassic Forest” can excite, enthuse and motivate.  A dinosaur theme can provide a huge range of early years activities.

Foundation Stage children excited to be learning about dinosaurs.

Foundation Stage children excited to be learning about dinosaurs.

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Children from around 36 months can begin to gain an appreciation of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.  It is surprising what they can pick up from the many television documentaries, films and books dedicated to dinosaurs that these children are exposed to.  Many young children can obsess on dinosaurs and it is surprising how quickly they can learn the long, often complicated names of dinosaurs such as Tyrannnosaurus rex and Triceratops.  Everything Dinosaur’s dedicated teaching team are always happy to discuss early years activities ideas.

If children have a natural affinity for all things Dinosauria, then this fascination can be used to help them develop improved literacy and numeracy skills.  For example, when helping children to form sentences and the meaning of words,  a picture of a dinosaur with a speech bubble can help the child to consider what the dinosaur might be thinking or even saying.  The child can be encouraged to explore feelings and emotions using the dinosaur as an exemplar.

Children learning to empathise and appreciate the emotions of others.

Children learning to empathise and appreciate the emotions of others.