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Block E - Ice Age Fossils

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.

Study a distinctive Victorian silhouette showing palaeontologist William Buckland, his family and his fossils. Learn about his discoveries and links to Mary Anning. Research the Ice Ages and Ice Age animals in Britain. Exhibit work and invite visitors to share in your learning.

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: The Buckland Silhouette

Learn about William Buckland the famous palaeontologist, his family life and his fossil hunting.

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02: The first dinosaur

Find out more about Buckland, his discovery of the first named dinosaur, the Megalosaurus, his other discoveries and his links to Mary Anning.

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03: The Ice Age

Make a timeline showing the Ice Ages and the Ice Age animals in Britain.

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04: Making fossils

Make replica dinosaur and Ice Age fossils and experimental silhouettes.

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05: Experimenting with silhouettes

Try out three different ways of making silhouettes: casting shadows, using sun-printing and using a shadow theatre.

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06: Making a silhouette

Choose one method of making a silhouette, inspired by the Buckland picture, and record it using a camera or as a piece of art.

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07: Sharing the silhouettes

Label their silhouettes and plan an informative talk; then decide on a design for an exhibition and invite people to enjoy their work.