Year 1/2

                  Kids love dinosaurs!
 This thrilling topic begins millions of years ago, when
 dinosaurs roamed our world. Find out the facts, write
dinosaur descriptions, listen to dinosaur stories, create
dinosaur art and even dance and sing to dinosaur songs!
This pack contains lesson plans, links to useful websites,
worksheets and pictures. The lessons cover a variety of
 subjects and each one has a direct link to the national
                              Contents Page
A Museum Visit                                           5

Lesson 1: The History of Dinosaurs-The Facts!           6

Lesson 2: Which Dinosaur Am I?                          9

Lesson 3: Dinosaur Puppet-The Design Stage              11

Lesson 4: Making a Dinosaur Puppet                      13

Lesson 5/6: The Dinosaur Dance!                         15

Lesson 7/8: The End of the Dinosaurs-A Moving Picture   18

Dinosaur Songs!                                         21

Literacy Ideas                                          22

Numeracy Ideas                                          23

Copymasters                                             24

References                                              35
                       Lesson 1: The History of Dinosaurs-The Facts!

                                       History Learning objectives:

   1b to use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time
   4a to find out about the past from a range of sources of information
   4b to ask and answer questions about the past


     Begin with the story of ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’.
     Display a bucket containing a variety of toy dinosaurs-try to have a collection of the dinosaurs used in the
     Ask the children if anyone has their own dinosaurs at home. Do they know the names of any of these
     dinosaurs? Why do they think Harry carries them in a bucket? Have you ever lost a favourite toy? How did
     you feel? How did Harry feel when he found his dinosaurs again?
     Tell the children that the topic this term is going to be all about dinosaurs.
     To begin with we are going to find out some facts!

Main Activity

     How can we find out the answers to the following questions?
     What is a dinosaur? How long ago did they live on earth? What has happened to them now? What does
    extinct mean? How do we know that they even existed?
    Give children the opportunity to answer any of these questions before explaining how scientists unearthed
    these huge reptiles!
    Watch a clip from ‘Horizon’-Dinosaur graveyard:

    Tell the children that they are going to be PALAEONTOLOGISTS (scientists that study dinosaur fossils).
    Place dinosaur bones/fossils in a sand pit
    Web link for dinosaur bones (Toys R Us):

    Tell the children that they are very carefully going to search for dinosaur remains, just like scientists would.
    Children can take turns to sweep away the sand to make their discoveries.
    Explain to the children that fossils and bones tell a story. When bones are found from a dinosaur they can be
    put back together to find out what the dinosaur would have looked like, including its size! Fossils and bones
    also give an indication of how long ago dinosaurs existed.

Independent Task

    The Learning Zone-How do fossils form?
    Create fossils! Buy moulds from various stockists. The following link is an example:

    Involve children with making the moulds. Allow a day for the moulds to dry before painting them.
    Create a display. Include factual information!
Learning outcomes:

   Can use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time, such as millions of years ago.
   Can find out about the past from a range of sources of information, including bones and fossils, information
     books and video footage.
   Can ask and answer questions about dinosaurs.
                  Lesson 6/7: The End of the Dinosaurs-A Moving Picture!

                               Design and Technology Learning Objectives:

   1a generate ideas by drawing on their own and other people’s experiences
   1c talk about their ideas
   1d plan by suggesting what to do next as their ideas develop
   1e communicate their ideas using a variety of methods, including drawing and making models
   2c measure, mark out, cut and shape a range of materials
   2d assemble, join and combine materials and components
   3a talk about their ideas, saying what they like and dislike
   3b identify what they could have done differently or how they could improve their work in the future


      Begin with the story ‘Dinosaurs Love Underpants’. This is a fictional story that has a humorous suggestion
      about how the dinosaurs became extinct.
      Discuss with the children that scientists have several theories. Watch a clip from ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’:
      Identify with the children the possibilities of how the dinosaurs were wiped out from the video footage and,
      if necessary, from further information books.
      Extra: Create a volcano explosion:

      Tell the children that they are going to tell the story of the end of the dinosaurs in a moving picture.
    Show examples of moving mechanisms/ sliding levers from different picture books.

Group Task

    Allow children the opportunity to explore the picture books and try out different moving mechanisms.
    Place strips of card, split pins, sellotape/masking tape, pictures of dinosaurs on tables around the classroom.
    Challenge different groups to make the dinosaurs’ legs move, to make the pterodactyl fly through the sky or
    make a tyrannosaurus run!
    Which moving mechanisms will they need to choose? How will the sliding mechanism work?

Independent Task

    All good designers/artists plan what they want their pictures to look like. Tell the children that they first
    need to complete a design sheet (Copymaster 5).
    Decide on the background picture. Will it have a volcano in it? What will the land be covered in? If it is
    grass, what materials will be used?
    What will move in the picture? Remember to tell a story! Will the meteor crash down to earth? Will the
    volcano erupt? Will the dinosaur run away from the lava?
    What materials will you need to complete your design?

Next session

    Draw/paint the background picture.
     Draw or cut out a picture of a dinosaur/dinosaurs.
     Attach the moving mechanism to the picture.
     Make your picture move!


     Have the parts been joined together effectively in order to make the picture move?
     What moving mechanism did you use?
     What story does it tell?
     What do you like best about your moving picture? Is there anything on the picture that you would like to

Learning outcomes:

     Can generate ideas for a moving picture based on the end of the dinosaurs using their own experiences of
     visits to museums, and through photographs, pictures and information books.
     Can talk about what their moving picture is going to look like and how they will join the moving mechanisms
     Can draw what their picture is going to look like.
     Can cut out a range of materials and join parts using glue, masking tape, split pins and other resources.
     Can say what they liked about their finished moving picture and can make suggestions about improvements to
     their work.
  Dinosaur Pictures


Tyrannosaurus Rex
         Which Dinosaur Am I?

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