Fascinating Fossils!

Following on from Year 4’s work on Human Digestion and Teeth, the children have been exploring how our teeth are the same and/or different from other animals and why there are similarities and differences.

Year 4 then went on to examine a Tyrannosaurus-Rex tooth, thinking about what we can learn about this dinosaur from the fossil and the information it reveals.  From there, children looked at a range of other fossils, including a velociraptor claw, an ammonite, a trilobite and a crinoid.  They worked with an ‘Earth Science’ student from Durham University who was able to share his expertise with the children in this area and answer the children’s questions.

Year 4 had the chance to handle these fossils and to see them up close, thinking about what these fossils can tell us about creatures that are now extinct.  They considered what fossils actually are, how they form, where they can be found and why fossils are important.

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The children learnt the difference between ‘body fossils’ and ‘trace fossils’, and thought about whether the fossils had hard parts, were ‘cast’ or preserved in amber.

The children were then given the chance to study the fossils in further detail to draw a scientific sketch of their chosen fossil as accurately as possible, also including the title of the fossil, an accurate scale and labels.

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Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed learning about fossils and I was amazed by the level of knowledge and interest they have in this area.  I am sure we have a few budding paleontologists in this class!