Jurassic Coast Ambassador Chris Woodward went back to school twice in October, visiting schools in East Devon at the request of their staff, to assist in the delivery of elements of the Key Stage Two curriculum.
At Tipton St. John C of E Primary School, he worked with Years 1 & 2 on their science topic of ‘Habitats’, using evidence from the fossil record of the Jurassic Coast, as well as a number of present-day examples. In addition, there was a whole-school presentation in the school hall looking at current facts and past fiction about dinosaurs.
For Topsham Primary School, Chris introduced the topic of ‘Fossils & Fossilisation’ for both Year 5 and 6 pupils. Again, it was the fossil record and fossil samples from along the Jurassic Coast that held centre place in his hour-long presentations.
Feedback from both teacher and students was resoundingly positive, with Anne Ladbrook from Tipton St. John School noting, “The eventual afternoon far outweighed my expectations! The presentation was factual, well matched to the age range and included interactive parts to keep the children focused.”
Comments from pupils included:
“I thought Chris Woodward (aka Dino Man) was incredible. I like the fact it was very interactive and informal in a fun way.” – Oscar, age 10
“I like that he compared humans to dinosaurs and we got to get up and dance.” – Charlotte, age 10