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Block A - Fossils and Rocks

Become an enthusiastic, expert palaeontologist! Learn about the fascinating creatures that inhabited the Earth and study the main epochs of fossils. Investigate famous 18th Century palaeontologists Mary Anning and William Buckland. Explore fossil footprints and fossils humans, ice age creatures and their fossils. Study dinosaurs, their eggs, behaviour and extinction. Learn about Darwin and the amazing story of evolution. 

Be a palaeontologist! Excavate a fossil block and research the three main epochs of fossils. Find out how fossils are made and make your own. Tour your school sharing your knowledge with other children.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Being palaeontologists

Try your hand at being a palaeontologist by excavating a fossil block, generating questions about fossils and starting a dino-dictionary.

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02: Fossils and the Timeline

Develop your palaeontologist expertise; research the three main epochs of fossils and put them on a timeline.

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03: How are fossils formed?

Find out how fossils were made and make your own clay mould fossil, an ‘amber’ resin fossil and your own Dino-poo fossil.

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04: Visit to a Natural History Museum

Experience fossils at first hand in a Natural History Museum; study them in detail and make drawings.

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05: Palaeontologists on tour

Share your palaeontologist expertise with other children by taking your learning on tour.