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Dinosaur Isle offers a variety of engaging learning opportunities in several core subjects.
Science students of all age groups can take advantage of the museum's breadth of exhibits, including local fossil finds, dinosaur bones and other natural history curios.
The formation of fossils and the rock cycle can be explored here with a hands-on approach; students can better understand dinosaurs' habitat and theories surrounding their extinction. Students can even handle coprolite (dinosaur poo)!
Other subject skills, such as those in English and Art & Design can be practised at Dinosaur Isle due to the engaging subject matter that encourages creativity and expression. Activities are also available for History (Natural History - timeline etc.), Mathematics and Geology. For older students there are opportunities for case study work in subjects such as Travel & Tourism and Leisure & Tourism, as the museum operates as a tourist attraction as well as a business.
The layout of the site lends itself effectively to school visits as there is a designated classroom area and plenty of space in the museum to undertake activities. Packed lunches may be taken in the classroom area or outside by the lake in a dedicated picnic area.
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FOSSIL HANDLING SESSION 30mins
MUSEUM TOUR 1hr
BEACH FOSSIL HUNT 2hrs
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This is the ticket office/gift shop counter for Dinosaur Isle.
There isn't a lot of room available, especially with a bunch of excited students, so group leaders should gather their students on the lawn outside the main entrance. Send in one representative to the ticket area to confirm arrangements for your visit.
Before you encounter the Isle of Wight's dinosaurs, step back through time to see what life was like after the Island's dinosaurs had gone.
Students will see an array of locally discovered fossils that can be used to determine and understand the geological and geographical features of the Isle of Wight in the periods immediately after the dinosaurs lived. This highlights the rapid changes in the ecosystem and local animal and plant life. Students are able to envisage how the Island may have appeared millions of years ago.
A selection of History and Science focused resources are available for most age groups specifically for use in this area and throughout the rest of the museum.
This is where new fossil finds are brought, cleaned and catalogued. There are often trained palaeontologists at work here, and you can observe through a large open window. You may even be able to handle some fossils!
Exciting displays including real fossils, skeletal reconstructions, life sized fleshed reconstructions and two animatronic dinosaurs. Plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits.
This area presents information relating to the habitat of the Island's dinosaurs, the scientific processes by which palaeontologists can determine the type, size and physical features of a dinosaur and consider its environment and possible reasons for extinction. There is a variety of information presented that can be used to practise skills in not just the sciences and Natural History, but also in English and Maths.
Pre-arranged group tours are treated to a fascinating hands-on fossil and rock lecture (age-appropriate) from one of Dinosaur Isle's specialist palaeontologists or geologists. For the younger age groups there are also a number of dino-themed toys and dressing-up costumes.
A small area containing further fossil specimens and display cases.
A competitively-priced shop that caters for all tastes and budgets, stocking literature ranging from professional geology books to educational children's books on prehistoric life, rocks and minerals. Goods such as minerals, models, toys, stationery and jewellery are available, mostly priced with children in mind.