For this year’s Takeover Day, St Patrick’s RC Primary and Nursery School’s Year 1 class took over our Carboniferous Monsters: 150 Million Years Before the Dinosaur exhibition for a play themed session.
Takeover Day is organised by Kids in Museums which is a charity working to make museums and galleries more welcoming of children, young people and families. The theme is Let’s Play so our natural history educator developed activities to help the children learn about prehistoric monsters from tropical forests and swamps. The exhibition features spectacular 350-million-year-old original fossils, reconstructed giant prehistoric animals and skeleton casts including the largest creepy-crawlies ever to live!
The 90-minute session started with a dig through the layers of history to go back in time to the Carboniferous period and then the pupils pretended they were seeds in an ancient swamp growing into ferns and horsetails. In smaller groups, the children became prehistoric swamp detectives finding clues about the ancient beasts on display, built their own monsters from colourful building sticks inspired by the exhibition and took rubbings from casts of fern and tree bark fossils. The session ended with a reading of the book Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus about a tiny tadpole growing up in a prehistoric swamp.
The class teacher praised the session for being interactive and for its range of activities. The Carboniferous Monsters session costs £100 and is available until 27 January 2024. If you would like to book this for your EYFS or KS1 class then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.