Block I - Dinosaur Extinction
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 about the climate, vegetation and living things of the late Cretaceous period. Research the main dinosaur extinction theories; plan and argue the case for each theory in a class debate. Finally compose a soundtrack for life after the extinction event, ready to play to guests in a darkened, atmospheric space.
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.
After researching the timeline of the end of the Mesozoic Era, gain an understanding of the climate, vegetation and living things of the late Cretaceous period.
Research the variety of extinction theories and consider arguments for and against each theory.
Plan and argue the case for each extinction theory in a class debate before voting for the most plausible.