Big Jurassic Classroom

Activities to introduce the Jurassic Coast into your classroom for Early Years, KS1 and KS2

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Since 2014, the Jurassic Coast Trust (JCT) has worked in a successful partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) to deliver an ambitious programme of teacher training and resource development to assist in the delivery of the new Key Stage 2 requirement for learning about rocks, fossils and evolution in the science curriculum. In recognition of their work, in 2016 the Jurassic Coast Trust were awarded the prestigious Geographical Award from the Royal Geographical Society in recognition of “outstanding collaborative work to foster student and wider public engagement with the Jurassic coastline”.

The Big Jurassic Classroom materials developed during this project are now available here on the PSTT website. Together, the PSTT and JCT have developed additional resources to ensure teachers can use their local environments to inspire interest in the UK’s geological history.

Resources are available for Early Years + Key Stage 1 (3 -7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 years):

A Teacher Guide explains:

  • the appropriate age range for the activities
  • subjects and topics covered
  • resources needed
  • what the activity is about

An Activity Pack provides:

  • images
  • worksheets
  • instructions for carrying out the activities.

Disclaimer

PSTT is not liable for the actions or activities of any reader or anyone else who uses the information in these classroom materials.

PSTT assumes no liability with regard to injuries or damage to property that may occur as a result of using the information contained in these plans.

PSTT recommends that a full risk assessment is carried out before undertaking in the classroom any of the practical investigations contained in the plans.

Safety Note

PSTT advises teachers to refer to either CLEAPSS website or SSERC website for up to date health and safety information when planning practical activities for children.

EY & KS1 RESOURCES

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Why has my body turned to stone?

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Why has my body turned to stone?

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What will become a fossil in the future?

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What will become a fossil in the future?

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Washing Line of Time

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Washing Line of Time

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Make Your Own Salt Dough Fossils

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Make Your Own Salt Dough Fossils

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Let's Dig for Fossils

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Let's Dig for Fossils

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How do I make fossils?

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How do I make fossils?

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How can rocks tell a story?

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How can rocks tell a story?

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Dinosaur Footprint Mystery

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Dinosaur Footprint Mystery

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Can you solve a bony puzzle?

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Can you solve a bony puzzle?

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KS2 RESOURCES

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What is the Jurassic Coast?

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What is the Jurassic Coast?

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Linking the Past to the Present

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Linking the Past to the Present

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Make a Model of the Jurassic Coast

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Make a Model of the Jurassic Coast

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How do Fossils Form?

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How do Fossils Form?

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Jurassic Coast Timeline

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Jurassic Coast Timeline

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Jurassic Food Webs

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Jurassic Food Webs

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Fossil Detectives

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Fossil Detectives

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Dinosaur Top Trumps

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Dinosaur Top Trumps

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How did Ammonites Move?

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How did Ammonites Move?

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Mary Anning

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Mary Anning

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Survival of the Fittest

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Survival of the Fittest

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Rock Detectives

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Rock Detectives

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What Makes the Best Building Stone?

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What Makes the Best Building Stone?

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