Move like a dinosaur
In PE we have been exploring how different dinosaurs moved, some were slow and heavy, others may have darted about quickly. We listened to different pieces of music and thought about which dinosaur it reminded us of, would you glide like a pterosaur or swim like a plesiosaur, stomp like a diplodocus or run like a raptor? We then used our bodies to show how fossils were made.
Class 1 drew plans to make their junk model dinosaurs and labelled their plans, naming the 3d shapes they were going to use. Children then selected shapes according to their plans and followed the plans to make their models.
Please come in to the classroom to see your child's creation, ask them to talk to you about the shapes they used and how they made their model.
I have included a few photos of everyone in the class, so please scroll through to find your child.
Cubes, spheres, cones, cuboids and cylinders
Children have enjoyed exploring the three dimensional shapes in the outdoor area. They have been practising the shape names whilst constructing.
It wasn't just the fire that was roaring...
Class 1 have been leading their learning outside at Forest School. On seeing trowels and spades, they chose to be archaeologists and dig for dinosaur bones and fossils. Using pebbles and sticks, they were palaeontologists - putting stick skeletons and dinosaur footprints together.
One week, they discovered a nest with dinosaur eggs and worked together to break them open using various tools...of course some children explored the idea of trying to melt the ice by placing an egg in a saucepan and sitting it on the fire.
They have printed dinosaur footprints in clay to make into medallions, drawn dinosaurs with homemade charcoal and made dinosaurs from mud and sticks. Of course, all of this hunting, creating, scientific and imaginative work left the children hungry so we cooked cinnamon whirls in oranges on the fire - mmmmmm!!
Dinosaur Day Out
On Friday Class 1 visited Oxfordshire Museum of Natural History. Children experienced handling dinosaur fossils and even dinosaur poo! Workshop leader Chris shared fantastic facts; we found out how to tell the height of a dinosaur just from it's footprints (taller than Alfie P) and how palaeontologists learn about the lives of dinosaurs. Harry played the T-rex who was fossiled when the smaller creatures ate all his wobbly bits, then the sand covered him up and the pressure squashed him to stone. We then went on a dinosaur hunt around the museum finding different dinosaurs, pterodactyls and plesiosaurs (which are not dinosaurs, ask your child why).
Entry to Oxfordshire Museum of Natural History is FREE. There is so much more to see. Children were very keen to explore more of the museum. If you are looking for somewhere to go at the weekend I would highly recommend a visit. Check out their website: http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk