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DINOSAUR ISLE


EVERYTHING A TEACHER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DINOSAUR ISLE

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DINOSAUR ISLE, Sandown


"All year facility combining entertainment, education and enjoyment. "

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A purpose-built interactive dinosaur museum which properly displays and conserves the rich geological fossil collections and dinosaur related artefacts primarily discovered around the Isle of Wight, one of Europe's richest dinosaur localities.

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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.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE

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REMEMBER: Our resources are included FREE of charge when booking your trip via Education Destination!

Educational Resources available at Dinosaur Isle

Our qualified and experienced teachers have worked closely with Dinosaur Isle to develop a range of high quality curriculum-relevant learning resources and activities to help you and your students get the most out of a visit. These cover many subjects and age groups, and are a mix of pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities to support your preferred teaching style.

To find suitable resources, first select the appropriate Key Stage and then scroll down to your subject below.

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15 Lower Key Stage 2 resources offered at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues
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ENGLISH5

SPOKEN LANGUAGE1

READING3

WRITING (COMPOSITION)1

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HISTORY2

CHRONOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING1

HISTORICAL ENQUIRY1

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MATHEMATICS1

STATISTICS / HANDLING DATA1

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SCIENCE7

BIOLOGY4

CHEMISTRY2

SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY1

19 Upper Key Stage 2 resources offered at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues
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ART & DESIGN1

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION1

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ENGLISH9

SPOKEN LANGUAGE4

READING3

WRITING (COMPOSITION)2

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HISTORY2

CHRONOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING1

HISTORICAL ENQUIRY1

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MATHEMATICS1

STATISTICS / HANDLING DATA1

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SCIENCE6

BIOLOGY3

CHEMISTRY2

SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY1

19 Key Stage 3 resources offered at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues
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ART & DESIGN1

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION1

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ENGLISH9

SPOKEN LANGUAGE1

READING3

WRITING (COMPOSITION)5

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HISTORY2

CHRONOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING1

HISTORICAL ENQUIRY1

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MATHEMATICS2

STATISTICS / HANDLING DATA1

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SCIENCE5

CHEMISTRY2

PHYSICS2

SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY1

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES



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SITE ACCESSIBILITY


The following information is not intended to form a comprehensive access statement; it is provided to highlight particular areas of concern for disabled visitors. We do not warrant that this information is fit for purpose or accurate. Education Destination will happily assist with gathering information in respect of particular concerns, or help you arrange an inspection visit.

To help you determine whether Dinosaur Isle is suitable for your particular students, we've summarised any accessibility issues for you in the section below.

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Dinosaur Isle Museum

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Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Fully accessible. Wheelchair lift to first floor. Disabled toilets.

Field Trip (Shanklin Beach)

Shanklin beach and undercliff


Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Relatively easy access to the beach from the roadside may involve some climbing of steps.

Fossil Walk (Brook Bay / Compton Bay Beaches)

Steps to beach


Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Both beaches accessed via steep steps. Access only possible around low tide.

Fossil Walk (Gore Cliff / St Catherines)

Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Difficult terrain only accessible to able-bodied walkers with appropriate equipment

Fossil Walk (Yaverland)

Beach wheelchair


Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Beach aspect of fossil walk is not accessible to wheelchairs. It involves a flight of concrete steps which can be slippery when wet followed by a lengthy walk (300-400m) along a sandy beach. By prior arrangement one beach wheelchair with large pneumatic tyres can be provided.



SCHEDULING YOUR VISIT


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Opening Dates, Times and Restrictions

Many Island venues and attractions, especially those outdoors, have limitations on opening times during the year. Additionally, some have limits on the number of group tours on any given date for safety and capacity reasons.

This section helps you identify whether Dinosaur Isle has any such restrictions during your preferred visit dates.

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A typical group visit consists of a hands-on introduction to the Isle of Wight and its fossils, a tour of the museum and a guided fossil hunting walk along the nearby Yaverland beach. Combined, these activities generally require 3 hours on-site.

Extend your visit with a range of materials from Education Destination. Reinforce their learnings with a museum quiz or utilise their new-found dinosaur and fossil knowledge to cross over into English, Maths and Science tasks.


All year


On-Site Educational Activities

On-site educational activities at Dinosaur Isle

This section highlights any on-site activities which have educational relevance.

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FOSSIL HANDLING SESSION 30mins
Learn how to spot a fossil by example! A session with a trained palaeontologist will help you distinguish dinosaur bones from dinosaur poo!

MUSEUM TOUR 1hr
Get an expert guided tour of the museum collections pitched appropriately for your age group!

BEACH FOSSIL HUNT 2hrs
Get your boots on and head down to Yaverland's famous fossil hunting spots to find your own bits of the past!



Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs about Dinosaur Isle

This section shows commonly asked questions with comprehensive answers.

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Q: WHAT'S THE MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE AT DINOSAUR ISLE?
A: By prior arrangement, larger groups can be split up and accompanied by different staff members. A lot depends on the tide times. Ordinarily, a single group would not exceed 60 students but with planning 180 would not be an issue.

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Why not visit Dinosaur Isle 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...

Dinosaur Isle features in the following day trip:

Dino Delights!

Dino Delights! from £8.79pp inc. ferry
The Isle of Wight is Europe's Dinosaur & Fossil capital! Dino Delights is an inspiring day trip to a fascinating dinosaur museum.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS


Helping you come prepared!

In this section we've highlighted any special clothing or equipment you'll need to bring in order to get the most out of a visit to Dinosaur Isle

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If participating in a fossil walk, you will be walking outdoors along a promenade and a beach for several hundred metres. Suitable attire will be needed depending on the weather conditions on the day.

If participating in a fossil walk, sturdy footwear will be required, ideally waterproof, for the beach section. A change of shoes and socks is a good idea, because no matter how many times students are told not to paddle or splash in the rock pools, almost invariably somebody comes back with wet feet!


SITE SPECIFIC DOCUMENTATION


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All of the supporting documentation you'll need

One of the most common issues faced by teachers when planning trips is ensuring that all of the relevant paperwork is in place, and that the lead teacher and their assistants are fully briefed about each venue before they arrive.

Our experienced teachers have done most of this work for you. In this section you'll find a sample Risk Assessment covering all of the typical activities undertaken at Dinosaur Isle by groups of students, along with a detailed "On The Day" Procedure which sets out everything you need to know about the site before you get there.

If there are any other mandatory considerations, such as HSE advice sheets for animal attractions or outdoor activity centres, you'll also find these below.

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Venue overview for Dinosaur Isle
VENUE OVERVIEW - FOR TEACHERS

A brief overview of Dinosaur Isle prepared especially for teachers.

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Parents overview for Dinosaur Isle
VENUE OVERVIEW - FOR PARENTS

A brief overview of Dinosaur Isle prepared for parents.

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Generic risk assessment for Dinosaur Isle
GENERIC RISK ASSESSMENT

For your convenience this generic risk assessment has been prepared to cover all of the typical activities undertaken at Dinosaur Isle. You may use it as the basis for your own documentation. We do not warrant that this is either complete or accurate, and would be happy to help arrange a site pre-visit if required.

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On the day procedure for Dinosaur Isle
ON-THE-DAY PROCEDURE

Our handy guide to distribute to your adult supervisors just before arrival. This essential document sets out in summary form everything you need to know about the venue, from a useful site navigation map to the locations of toilets and first aid boxes, lost child procedures, special clothing or equipment requirements etc.

On-the-Day Procedure (PDF) →




Facilities Overview

The museum is entirely under cover. Fossil walks are entirely outdoors.
There is no catering on site with the exception of soft drinks available from the gift shop. However there is a cafe immediately adjacent and plenty of food outlets in the area.
Tour leaders are responsible for first aid.
There are toilets at the museum. On walk to/from the fossil hunting area you will pass public toilets which are open all year.
Phone reception is generally very good in Sandown. There is free WiFi at the museum.

GROUP LEADER FEEDBACK


Verified feedback from previous group visits...

Pauline Stirling, KS5 Head of PSHE & Citizenship | 03/03/2016 | 12 x KS5
Claire Nerval, KS1 Teacher | 20/10/2015 | 23 x KS1
Amy King KS2 Teacher | 13/10/2015 | 26 x Lower KS2


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LOCATION

Dinosaur Isle is located at:

Culver Parade
Sandown
PO36 8QA


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