Over the past few weeks we have extended our knowledge on dinosaurs by using a range of different learning techniques. We have been using our investigation skills to research interesting facts using the internet and watching exciting, age appropriate mini-documentaries on YouTube about the lives of different types of dinosaurs. We’ve also read and responded to a variety of informative texts from books to intriguing power point presentations.
Since we started studying this topic we’ve used our creative skills through various activities such as drawing, painting and making a range of dinosaurs. As part of our creative exploration we’ve labelled our creations as well as written short sentences containing interesting facts to help us consolidate our learning.
We have even been able to explore the life of a Paleontologist worker in our very own fossil discovery play area.
Did you know? A Paleontologist is a person who studies the history of life on Earth as reflected in the fossil records.
Did you know? Fossils are formed after an animal or plant has died. Its remains get covered in mud and over thousands of years, the pressure of the Earth's soil builds up and forms layers of rock and mud covering the skeleton. The skeleton is dissolved by ground water which makes the perfect mould for the skeleton. Minerals in the ground water begin to fill the mould of the skeleton. Over a very long process of at least 10,000 years finally a perfect fossil of the skeletons remains is made. Then over time, the layers of rock and mud erode away, leaving the fossils to be found by Palaeontologists.
Did you know? That not only are fossils the remains of dead plants and animals but of animal foot prints and poo as well.
How AMAZING IS THAT! We can tell how long ago a dinosaur lived, where and how it lived and what it ate by digging up its old bone remains and examining them! THAT IS SO COOL…
We can’t wait to see what is in store for us as we continue to learn about dinosaurs this term.
That is all for now….
Thanks from Reception 2.
By Miss Princehorn