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Block C - Fossil Footprints

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.

Learn how fossil footprints can tell us a great deal about the animals and humans of the past. Record footprints using drawing, photography, measuring and plaster casts. Use maths to work out the height, speed and gait of someone from the footprints they leave. Make a film about footprint investigating to tell others about all you have learned in this block.

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: How footprints get made

Learn about how fossil footprints are made and how we investigate them. Make your own plaster cast footprints.

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02: Dinosaur footprints

Make dinosaur feet and footprints. Learn what footprints can tell us about dinosaur behaviour and adaptations.

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03: Optional outdoor trip

Visit an outdoor site and record animal footprints using drawing, photography and casts.

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04: Animal footprints

Investigate animal footprints and how they give us evidence about the environment. Make a guide to animal footprints.

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05: Human footprints

Learn how someone’s footprints can tell us a great deal about their height, gait and speed.

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06: Natural history film

Make a film about footprint investigations, which informs others about what you have learned in this block.