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Bristol Dinosaur Project: School visits

The amazing discovery that Bristol has its own dinosaur is a wonderful and unique opportunity to bring real science into schools. Since 2000, the Bristol Dinosaur Project team has been visiting schools all over Bristol and surrounding areas, and you can experience the show too!

We can provide an exciting, stimulating and creative hands-on workshop with real fossils to touch and handle. Whatever the subject, theme or keystage, the Bristol dinosaur can be used as a local and relevant resource to help enhance your school's creative learning. The University of Bristol is keen to encourage local school children to get involved in our discoveries and to encourage children to think of science in a positive way. By bringing the Bristol dinosaur project to your school, we hope that children will discover new and exciting things about their city.

Our school visits are geared towards the national cirriculum's keystages. You can read more about the different types of visits we offer below, and see a list of schools we have visited in the past. In addition, teacher resource packs have been developed to teach children more about dinosaurs.

  • Key stage 1 children will have the chance to take part in some exciting dinosaur activities. During this 45 minute long interactive session they will learn about different dinosaurs, including Bristol's own dinosaur Thecodontosaurus. They will also learn how we know what dinosaurs looked like, what they ate, where they lived, and how they moved. This exciting talk will feed the children's enthusiasm for this popular topic and encourage them to think that science is interesting and fun.
  • School visit for key stage 2: A 30 minute talk about dinosaurs including the Bristol dinosaur Thecodontosaurus This exciting talk shows how scientists bring dinosaurs to life looking at bones and rocks. More recently, advanced computer programs are being used bringing palaeontology right up to date and at the forefront of scientific thinking. Students will get the chance to take part in demonstrations and will learn that science can teach them new and exciting things.
  • School visit for key stages 3 and 4: The aim of this talk is to explain the importance of science subjects like palaeontology and geology. The talk focuses on what palaeontologists do and what the practical applications are, from focusing initially on rocks and dinosaur bones to the computer reconstructions and finally the molecular analysis and genetics.

For more information, or to book a visit, contact Suresh Singh, Learning Officer for the Bristol Dinosaur Project here.

Thecodontosaurus illustration courtesy of Richard Deasey.
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