Year 3 Rocks and Fossils Workshop - March 2022
Last Thursday, we had a dinosaur, fossil and rocks workshop. Graham and Sue came in to run it. We started the day with a scavenger hunt to find lots of different fossils and models. At the end of the scavenger hunt, we had to see which fossil matched each name. One fact we learnt is that a triceratops could grow as long as 9m! Isn’t that amazing?
In the afternoon, Graham told us all about the different fossils that you can find in different rocks. The different types of rocks are sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. Then we sketched different fossils and he did some oil pastel drawings. He showed as a real, fossilised dinosaur egg with a baby dinosaur still inside! We saw the x-rays of the inside of the egg too! We also saw an amazing potato rock, which he called that because on the outside, it looked like a potato! But actually, on the inside, it was full of lots of little, sharp pieces of crystals called quartz!
We also had a visit from Mary Anning in the afternoon. She told us all about when she found a fossil of an ichthyosaur skeleton. The first complete skeleton of one of these found. It was sold to the Natural Museum but it didn’t have her name on it because she was a girl and back then didn’t think girls could be scientists! She was devastated!
Year 3 had the best day ever!
Penny and Vivien (Year 3)