Explore five large packages containing real fossils, images and replicas. Pupils will work in groups to discover which dinosaur each belongs to, before revealing their findings to the class.

Classes: P2–4
Cost: £75
Timings: 10:30(75 mins workshop, 60 mins exhibition) (check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: Mon 27 – Thu 30 January 2020, Mon 2 – Thu 5 March 2020, Mon 27 – Thu 30 April 2020

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How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

Split your class into five groups who will work together throughout the workshop. (Smaller classes will work in fewer groups.) Maximum capacity 33 children.

What will my pupils do?

Pupils will:

  • Find out how palaeontologists use fossil evidence to understand how dinosaurs lived
  • Get hands-on with real fossils, images and replicas from 5 mystery dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous period
  • Work in groups to make simple calculations and observations to estimate the size, diet, date and special features of their dinosaur
  • Present their dinosaur discovery to the class
  • Visit the Tyrannosaurs exhibition - Download our Teachers Notes to help you prepare for your visit

Download the Discovering Dinosaurs trail to use when exploring the rest of the museum.


Timeslot A

10:30-11:45 - Dinosaur Discovery Workshop

12:00-12:30 - Lunch

12:30-13:30 - Tyrannosaurs exhibition (teacher-led)

Timeslot B

10:30-11:30 - Tyrannosaurs exhibition (teacher-led)

12:00-12:30 - Lunch

12:30-13:45 - Dinosaur Discovery Workshop

Useful resources and activities

Curriculum links






When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect.

LIT 1-02a

When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking.

LIT 2-02a


I am learning to make notes under given headings and use them to understand information, explore ideas and problems and create new texts.

LIT 1-15a

I can make notes, organise them under suitable headings and use them to understand information, develop my thinking, explore problems and create new texts, using my own words as appropriate.

LIT 2-15a



I can estimate how long or heavy an object is, or what amount it holds, using everyday things as a guide, then measure or weigh it using appropriate instruments and units.

MNU 1-11a

I can use my knowledge of the sizes of familiar objects or places to assist me when making an estimate of measure.

MNU 2-11a



I have contributed to discussions of current scientific news items to help develop my awareness of science.

SCN 1-20a

I can report and comment on current scientific news items to develop my knowledge and understanding of topical science.

SCN 2-20b


I can distinguish between living and non-living things. I can sort living things into groups and explain my decisions.

SCN 1-01a

I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction.

SCN 2-01a

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