English Reception Spring Non-Fiction Texts and Stories


Use the texts Owls and Dinosaurs, The Dirty Great Dinosaur and Dinosaur Roar to explore new vocabulary and create dinosaur stories. Step back in time and make your own dinosaurs and fossils!

Researching dinosaurs (suggested as 5 days)

Active Learning

  1. Research questions
  2. Dinosaur words
  3. Dinosaur information books
  4. Exploring dinosaur fact files

Creating and Thinking Critically

  1. Dinosaur research
  2. Dinosaur investigation
  3. Labelling dinosaurs
  4. Dinosaur fact files

Exploring and Playing

  1. Museum role play
  2. Dino art
  3. Model dinos
  4. Fossil making

Books to Share

  1. Read Owls and Dinosaurs (Hamilton Group Reader). Display the illustrations of the dinosaurs. Can anyone recognise any of these/have a go at reading the names using some of the sounds?
  2. Enjoy dinosaur raps (see websites)
  3. Display and reread Owls and Dinosaurs, asking children to join in with the words they can read. They already know lots more about dinosaurs than when they first shared this book! Pick out some of the questions and practise saying them with ‘question-voices’, e.g. “What are dinosaurs?”. Can we answer some of little owl’s questions?
  4. Follow children’s interests in sharing further pages from one of the dinosaur non-fiction books. Have we answered any more of our questions? Are there any other words which we could add to our vocabulary list?

Poetry/Rhyme of the Week: Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland
Introduce on Monday, reading this fun rhyming book to the class. Reread during the week, encouraging children to join in with the text as they begin to learn it. Add actions and intonation. Share with an audience on Friday.

Group Reader: Owls and Dinosaurs
Do you know your Ankylosaurus from your Iguanodon? Join Baby Owl as he discovers more about all kinds of dinosaurs and how they are closer to him than we might think.

You Will Need

Essential texts
Owls and Dinosaurs
(Hamilton Group Reader)
Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland

Dinosaur facts: Owls and Dinosaurs Group Reader from Hamilton Trust
Dinosaur raps from bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
Fossil dough instructions from littlepassports.com or Fossil dough instructions from kiwico.com

Dinosaur museum role play props.
A range of textured materials, e.g. feathers, fabrics, tissue paper.
Construction materials, junk for modelling.
Salt dough ingredients (see recipe in resources), plastic dinosaurs, clay tools.