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Block H - Dinosaur Behaviour

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 importance of dinosaur egg fossils and what they tell us about dinosaurs; research the behaviour of dinosaurs in family groups; then try your hand at film making and create a short dinosaur film about an aspect of dinosaur behaviour.

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: Dinosaur egg

Learn about dinosaur egg fossils and how useful they are to palaeontologists.

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02: Dinosaur families

Research the behaviour of dinosaurs in their family groups and make your finger puppet dinosaurs ready to film.

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03: Dinosaur filming

Create an accurate film backdrop for your short film about an aspect of dinosaur behaviour.

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04: Classroom cinema!

Compose a factual voice-over for your dinosaur movie, edit and embed into PowerPoint.

Block G - Dinosaur DIY

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.     

Research key features of dinosaurs and how they are adapted to their environment; design your own dinosaur perfectly adapted to either the Triassic, Jurassic or Cretaceous period; create the structure, cover and paint your dinosaur model; finally, contribute to an ‘I Spy Dinosaurs’ class book and share 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: Dino DIY - planning

Research key features of dinosaurs and then design a dinosaur perfectly adapted to either the Triassic, Jurassic or Cretaceous period.

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02: Dino DIY - making

Working from a design plan, create the structure of your dinosaur.

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03: Dino DIY - painting

Research skin colours and textures of modern living things and apply your knowledge to create the most suitable surface for your dinosaur model.

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04: 'I spy' a DIY Dino

Contribute to a class ‘ I Spy’ dinosaur book with photographs, list of characteristics and possible ‘footprints’.

Block F - Dinosaur Species

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 species of the Mesozoic Era with very practical and engaging activities. Reconstruct a dinosaur by adding clay to a dinosaur skeleton, make a Dino-family jigsaw, take part in an animal survival game, make a 3D Mesozoic timeline showing the three main eras and populate each section with pictures of the correct dinosaur species.

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: Flesh it out!

Learn about how palaeoartists reconstruct dinosaurs from fossils and try it yourself!

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02: Dino families

Learn about the main family groups of dinosaurs and make a Dino-family jigsaw.

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03: The survival game

Investigate dinosaurs and their environments, understand how they would have competed for resources and take part in an animal survival game.

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04: 3D Mesozoic Timeline Part 1

Find out about the three main periods of the Mesozoic Era and portray their landscapes and vegetation in a 3D model.

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05: 3D Mesozoic Timeline Part 2

Populate your model of the Mesozoic Era with pictures of the correct dinosaur species living in each of the three periods.

Block D - Fossil Humans

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 fascinating story of human evolution. Create your own family tree and relate it to the family tree of the human species. Find out about how the early humans dispersed around the world. Use storytelling to pass on your learning about human evolution to 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: The human family tree

Children learn about and create their own family tree of human evolution.

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02: The human journey

Make a map showing early human dispersal around the world.

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03: Human fossils

Learn about four key human fossils and put them on a timeline.

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04: Meeting Neanderthals

Take part in a philosophical enquiry about Homo sapiens meeting Neanderthals.

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05: The human story

Share your learning about human evolution through storytelling.

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.

Block B - Mary Anning

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 Mary Anning, one of the most famous palaeontologists ever. Research the main fossil-hunting areas of the UK and learn about the 18th Century when Anning lived. Improvise a play about key events in her life.

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: Fossils in the UK

Re-cap how fossils are made, learn about the fossil-hunting areas of the UK and create a map.

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02: History of science

Learn about the 18th Century science, society and the status of women.

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03: Mary Anning

Learn about Mary Anning, her life as a fossil hunter and her achievements.

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04: Improvise a play

Improvise a play to tell other children about Mary Anning, drawing on all your previous research.

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.

Block C - Mountains

This topic is an excellent introduction to the key aspects of physical Geography that children need to understand and describe in KS2. The children gain a thorough knowledge of the water cycle, coasts and rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, climate zones and biomes through applying the knowledge gained from their research in practical tasks such as model making, drama, artwork and dance.

Study the physical geography of mountains and mountain ranges, their formation, some famous expeditions and also mountain biodiversity.  They will create a range of artefacts including mountain models, a class world map and a freeze-frame drama that will culminate in a ‘Mountain Exhibition’ for 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: What is a mountain? How are mountains formed?

Learn about the formation of the five different types of mountains by exploring simple models.

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02: Where in the world are mountains and mountain ranges?

Locate key mountains and mountains ranges; research their key features and create a class world map.

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03: Why do people climb mountains?

Research famous mountain explorers, three historic mountain expeditions and their outcomes.

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04: Research and re-enact a famous mountain expedition

Research a famous expedition in depth, perform and photograph a freeze-frame drama that conveys the expedition and its outcomes.

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05: Climate change and the impact of human activity on the mountain environment

Develop your understanding of climate change and how the mountain environment can be endangered by human activity. Find out about eco-tourism and how it can help protect mountains.

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06: Endangered animal and plant species in the mountain environment

Learn about the ways that plants and animals are adapted to the mountain environment and how they can be protected.

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07: Create a model mountian or mountain range

Create a labelled model of a particular mountain or mountain range, drawing on the knowledge gained during this block.

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08: Create a mountain exhibition for an audience

Put together a class ‘Mountain Exhibition’ about mountain ranges, their formation, famous mountain expeditions and the protection of mountain biodiversity.

Block D - Technology and Tools

The Stone Age is brought to life for the children through blocks that develop their archaeological skills and vocabulary, help them to create Ice Age art, as well as through activities researching and making Stone Age homes. To understand the Bronze Age, the children find out about tool making and while making models, they explore the religious importance of Stonehenge. They go on to role-play life in an Iron Age village, explore and understand Hill Forts, before making and decorating Iron Age objects ready for a tribal meeting.

Learn about the amazing development of technology from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Make your own collection of edible prehistoric tools from sugar paste, chocolate and pastry, speculate about why these changes came about and then have a prehistoric technology feast.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. We also have a Lower Key Stage 2 Topic on Stone Age to Iron Age which is suited to that age range in its outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as National Curriculum objectives. If you want to use this material for any other age range, you will need to consider how to adapt it appropriately.

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01: Stone Age tools

Make a timeline about Stone Age tools and start your own collection of edible tools, starting with a sugar paste axe head.

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02: Bronze Age tools

Make a timeline of Bronze Age tools and make a miniature chocolate Bronze Age axe.

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03: Iron Age tools

Make a timeline of Iron Age tools and make a pastry sword.

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04: Timeline of tools and technology

Finish your timeline of tools and technology and have a prehistoric technology feast.

Block E - Earthquakes

This topic is an excellent introduction to the key aspects of physical Geography that children need to understand and describe in KS2. The children gain a thorough knowledge of the water cycle, coasts and rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, climate zones and biomes through applying the knowledge gained from their research in practical tasks such as model making, drama, artwork and dance.

Learn about the features and key aspects of earthquakes. Find out about the movement of tectonic plates and about seismic waves. Learn about life in an earthquake zone; compile and practise a class earthquake drill; find out how buildings are built to withstand earthquakes and then design your own earthquake-proof structure.

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: Earthquakes and plate tectonics

Learn about earthquakes and the movement of tectonic plates.

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02: What happens when an earthquake strikes?

What happens when an earthquake strikes? Find out about seismic waves and make a DIY seismograph.

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03: Living in an earthquake zone

Gain an understanding of life in an earthquake zone. Compile and practise your own class earthquake drill.

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04: Earthquake survival

Identify the factors that make buildings withstand earthquakes and make an earthquake-proof structure using marshmallows and straws on a ‘ground’ of jelly.