FOSSILS - CLUES FROM THE PAST
Designed to support a school trip to Dinosaur Isle
SCIENCE Upper Key Stage 2
Other Key Stage Variants: Lower Key Stage 2 (Low Ability) | Lower Key Stage 2 (High Ability)
Variants: High Ability students
Properties and Changes of Materials
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This is a curriculum-based Science resource that enables students to learn how fossils are formed, and how sedimentary rocks are important in the fossilisation process. The resource highlights the processes of change involved, and highlights type of fossils other than dinosaur-related ones. Students engage with one type of fossil and this could be the foundation for further fossil studies or projects back in the classroom.
The resource links to fossils found on the Isle of Wight specifically, ensuring relevance on the visit for students whilst ensuring the wider curricular relevance is maintained.
It is suggested to teachers that they introduce the topic of fossilisation before the visit, so the subject matter is familiar and they have
an understanding of sediment, the rock cycle and key stages of fossilisation.
Key Skills Practised
Understanding of the process of fossilisation
Interpretation of ammonite or other fossil information
Identifying characteristics of an organism through study of their fossil
This resource could be used as a prompt for pre-visit research, but is designed to work in conjunction with the museum visit.
During the Visit
Completion of the resource/s linked to this document: Fossils: Clues from the past
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 responses to the class; projects on Isle of Wight fossils or a specific organism of particular interest
Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to understand the fossilisation process in relation to the Isle of Wight and its fossil richness, identifying key stages of fossilisation, and considering their own and others’ interpretation of what fossils can tell us about living organisms.
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