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St Luke's Catholic Academy

St Luke's

Catholic Academy

Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Our dino-rific half term!

This half term we have been learning all about dinosaurs! We started by reading the story ‘The dinosaur’s diary’ by Julia Donaldson. In this story, a dinosaur is searching for a suitable place to lay her eggs. Can you imagine our shock when we came back from Mass and our classroom had been wrecked and eggs had been laid in our reading area?

We started to investigate what had happened and after talking to members of staff  and of course Mr Shelley, we discovered that the dinosaur from our story had visited St Luke’s and used our classroom as her nesting ground. We were very excited and we decided to learn more about the different types of dinosaur that existed. We started by looking at what the world was like when they were alive and then discovered that both carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs existed. We looked at their skeletons, their diets, their characteristics as well as the famous palaeontologist Mary Anning who discovered amazing fossils on England’s Jurassic Coast.

After all our investigating we were very excited to see that our eggs were changing colour! However, the next day they were gone! We came to school to see that our window was open and there were hand and foot prints all over our classroom. There was also fur scattered around the dinosaur nest and the dinosaur eggs had been stolen! We were very concerned. A letter was left telling us that we needed to make the dinosaurs underpants if we wanted the eggs back! After looking at the book ‘Dinosaurs love underpants´ by Claire Freedman, and studying Andy Warhol’s printing we were able to design and produce our own dinosaur underpants! We also wrote persuasive letters to the cavemen who left the letter and to the dinosaurs trying to get them to take our dinosaur underpants!

It worked! We got another letter from the cavemen explaining that the eggs had hatched and the dinosaurs had grown too big for the classroom. As they were so impressed with our dinosaur underpants and persuasive writing they left several toy dinosaurs for Year Three to play with.

Also, the Travelling Natural History Museum came to visit St Luke's Year Three class along with their resident T-Rex; Reggae Rex. Year Three had a brilliant day making their own cast fossils, designing their own Velociraptors and of course, meeting Reggae Rex. Dino Man and Dino Girl taught us all about the Mesozoic Era and the different types of dinosaurs that existed during that time period. As well as all of these fantastic activities we were able to go on our own fossil dig to find real dinosaur bones and fossils. We had the most dinorific day!