08 May Dinosaur Skeletons!
Year 2 have created dinosaur skeletons using sticks they collected from the outside area. First they used a projector to display an image of a dinosaur skeleton on the wall, then they carefully traced over it. Next they measured a bone in cm from the drawing they had created. They marked that measurement on a stick. Friends and Family joined them in school to learn the new skill of sawing. With support from adults, the children used the new skill of sawing to make their stick the correct length to match the bone. Finally it was placed on the dinosaur. The artwork speaks for itself. Measuring in this way helps the children to understand how to use and apply measuring. Rather than measuring a line on a piece of paper they are having conversations about how best to measure a twig that may not be completely straight. The artwork is great to look at and is a subliminal reminder in the learning environment of measuring and the purpose of it. Working in this way leads to deeper learning that stays with the child – and it’s fun!