Today we had our Rocks, Fossils and Dinosaur day, led by Portals to the Past. The children were mesmerised as they entered the school hall which had been transformed with models of dinosaurs, fossils and a vast range of rocks and minerals. The class spent the morning learning all about how different rocks are formed, how the earth has changed over millions of years and how dinosaurs adapted and survived in the world around them. During the afternoon session the children learned how fossils are formed and then did some observational drawings of the fossils on display. These included large ammonites, sea urchins, other prehistoric animals, as well as the little (or not so little!) toe bone of a triceratops. The highlight of the day, however, was when the children got to hold a complete fossilised dinosaur egg, which contained a real fossilised baby dinosaur. An experience i'm sure none of them (or I) will forget in a hurry!
Here are a few pictures from today:
Holding the fossilised dinosaur egg: