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Visit: Fossil Finders

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Discover the magic of prehistoric worlds at the UK’s most popular science centre. In the Fossil Finders workshop, students will make their own fossils, move like a dinosaur and find out about the creatures that once roamed the Earth.

Key Words
Fossils. Dinosaurs. Palaeontology. Fossil dig pit. Time. Discovery.

Learning objectives
Understand that dinosaurs and other fossilised animals lived a long time ago
Understand that fossils are found in rocks in the ground
Understand that dinosaurs were not all the same. Some were very small and some were very large.
Identify people who look for and study fossils as palaeontologists
Recognise that some fossils look like animals living today, to which they are related
Students will:

Investigate fossils and other artefacts using their sense of touch
Examine fossils, think about how old they are and how they might have formed
Search for buried fossils like a palaeontologist
Imagine what ancient animals might have sounded like
Mime act as a dinosaur

Curriculum Links
Listening and attention
Understanding and speaking
Physical Development
Moving and handling
Personal, social and emotional development
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Making relationships
Shape, space and measures
Understanding the World
The world
Expressive arts and design
Being imaginative

Resource: Sniffly sneezes

Resource: Sniffly sneezes

Cosmic looks at Gem, “Your nose is all red” he says, “you look like a clown!” Gem sighs. “It’s my hankie. It doesn’t work very well. I wish I had a better one.”
Resource: Scrap yard scraps

Resource: Scrap yard scraps

At the scrap yard, Gem spots a mouse carrying a piece of sponge from an old car seat. “Do you think all those things will keep it warm?” asks Gem.