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Dinosaur Detectives: Explore extinction

During this workshop, your pupils will gain understanding of how long ago the dinosaurs were around, what might have caused their extinction and how we find out about creatures that no-one has ever seen. They will then become fossil detectives, exploring the rich diversity of dinosaurs by investigating handling specimens including T-rex teeth, Stegosaurus back plates and real Sauropod dung! Working as part of a group, they will make reasoned evaluations as to what each specimen is and what dinosaur it belonged to. Finishing this workshop, pupils will act as palaeontologists and uncover their own dinosaur!


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Curriculum for Excellence Links


Sciences | Planet Earth | Biodiversity and Interdependence

  • I can distinguish between living and non-living things. I can sort living things into groups and explain my decisions. SCN 1-01a
  • I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction. SCN 2-01a

Sciences | Topical Science

  • I have contributed to discussions of current scientific news items to help develop my awareness of science. SCN 1-20a
  • I can report and comment on current scientific news items to develop my knowledge and understanding of topical science. SCN 2-20b

Mathematics | Measurement

  • I can estimate how long or heavy an object is, or what amount it holds, using everyday things as a guide, then measure or weigh it using appropriate instruments and units. MNU 1-11a
  • I can use my knowledge of the sizes of familiar objects or places to assist me when making an estimate of measure. MNU 2-11a

Literacy and English | Listening and Talking | Tools for Listening and Talking

  • When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect. LIT 1-02a
  • When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others' contributions and use these to build on thinking. LIT 2-02a

Literacy and English | Understanding, Analysing and Evaluating

  • I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to and asking different kinds of questions. LIT 1-07a
  • I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to literal, inferential, evaluative and other types of questions, and by asking different kinds of questions of my own. LIT 2-07a