Fossil Finders

Duration 1h

Discover prehistoric worlds through playful and imaginative games and activities. Students will move like dinosaurs, search for fossils in dig-pits and find out about some of the amazing creatures that once roamed the Earth.





Key Words

Fossils. Dinosaurs. Palaeontology. Fossil dig pit. Time. Discovery.

Learning objectives

  • Understand that dinosaurs and other fossilised animals lived a long time ago
  • Understand that fossils are found in rocks in the ground
  • Understand that dinosaurs were not all the same. Some were very small and some were very large.
  • Identify people who look for and study fossils as palaeontologists
  • Recognise that some fossils look like animals living today, to which they are related


Students will:

  • Investigate fossils and other artefacts using their sense of touch
  • Examine fossils, think about how old they are and how they might have formed
  • Search for buried fossils like a palaeontologist
  • Imagine what ancient animals might have sounded like
  • Mime act as a dinosaur

Curriculum Links

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding and speaking

Physical Development

  • Moving and handling

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour
  • Making relationships


  • Shape, space and measures
  • Understanding the World

The world

  • Expressive arts and design
  • Being imaginative

Potential Hazards

Students will be using sand pits and handling small fossils


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