Extinction of the Dinosaurs
Inspired by the Tyrannosaurus Rex cast at The Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Key Stage:KS2 Science National Curriculum: Primary Science. This exercise reinforces the curriculum's aim to ensure that all pupils: develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries... and the key strand of working scientifically. It supports the Year 6 requirements: Pupils should be taught to recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the earth millions of years agoâ€ and the Year 6 non-statutory suggestion Pupils might find out about the work of paleontologists such as Mary Anning.
Suggested Classroom Activity
Show the pupils the film “Mary Anning - Uncovering Extinction” and check they understand the importance of fossils in developing the idea that animal species can become extinct and that the Earth is very old.
“Mary Anning - Uncovering Extinction”
It is important to understand the scale of her achievement as a self-taught working-class woman at a time when science was the preserve of formally educated and wealthy men.