DISCOVER THE DINOSAURS!
Designed to support a school trip to Dinosaur Isle
HISTORY Key Stage 3
Other Key Stage Variants: Key Stage 1 | Lower Key Stage 2 | Upper Key Stage 2
Find out about the past using museum resources
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This is a curriculum skills-based History task that enables students to practise their skills of information-gathering and processing/ summarising - a core part of History learning within the 2014 National Curriculum and, in Scotland, Curriculum for Excellence. Specifically, they are learning about the past using museum resources. The task links to specific exhibit content within Dinosaur Isle museum that is relevant to students in key stages 1-3.
Questions have been chosen because they link with the key areas of learning within the Dinosaur Isle museum. The skills the students will use to demonstrate learning about the past using museum resources are required as per the National Curriculum, and also test cross-curricular skills for example in the subjects of English (comprehension, literacy) and Science (rocks, fossils, properties of materials, states of matter etc.)
It is suggested to teachers that they introduce the topic before the visit, so the subject matter is familiar and they have an understanding of the geological periods, particularly those when the dinosaurs
lived. Students should therefore be keen to find the answers to the questions, and may have already researched / guessed at some of the possible answers.
When on site, students will be able to use the challenge sheet questions as focused prompts to engage with the museum resources at Dinosaur Isle, thus gaining a more enhanced and enriched visit experience, and ensuring it is one that links with the expected curricular relevance and knowledge. The design of the challenge questions ensures engagement with all areas of the museum.
Key Skills Practised
Reading / literacy skills
Information gathering and processing / synthesis
The geological periods, dinosaurs, and using museum exhibits for learning could all be discussed in class prior to the trip so students are aware of the subject matter and the areas of learning relevant to them.
During the Visit
Completion of the Historical Enquiry resource/s linked to this document
Why not complete this resource on a day trip?
The Isle of Wight can be reached in as little as 12 minutes! If you're located close to the south coast then a day trip is easily achievable...
This resource could be completed as part of the following day trip:
Dino Delights! from £8.79pp
The Isle of Wight is Europe's Dinosaur & Fossil capital! Dino Delights is an inspiring day trip to a fascinating dinosaur museum.
Follow-up tasks could include: Whole class discussion about the responses to the questions; Groups presenting back their collated ideas to the class; Projects on an area of particular interest
Students will be able to demonstrate their information-retrieval, interpretation and collation skills, by answering appropriate questions and finding the required information. Students will also be able to demonstrate that they have understood their learning, by recording and summarising the information gleaned from the visit.
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