The workshop is 1h 15 mins per class, mimimum 2 classes – maximum 4 classes.
To get the maximum educational advantage from a visit by Graham and his dinosaur collection, he needs a large ground-floor display area such as an assembly hall with easy access and off-road parking. Many of Graham’s exhibits are large and require specialist handling, which entails a long set-up period. It would also be useful if any assemblies could be cancelled.
Graham Woollard has an infectious enthusiasm for all things prehistoric from the Earth’s primordial past to the emergence of modern man and has been inspiring children and teachers for over a decade. He has a vast collection of scale model dinosaurs and real fossils, which, of course the children get to touch and handle.
Brookfield Infant School, Kent – I am writing to say a huge thank you to Portals to the Past, and in particular to Graham Woollard for an absolutely amazing morning at our school. Graham came this morning to present his ‘Dinosaur’ workshop to our two very eager Reception classes. His presentations were fantastic, exciting and action packed. Graham really brought the ‘awe and wonder’ to every child and at a level that was easily accessible for each individual. I really cannot commend him highly enough and will definitely booking again for next year.
Graham will take your children back to the Jurassic period, the time of the dinosaurs and investigate their world. Every child has a fascination for dinosaurs and fossils and this workshop will bring out the hidden palaeontologist in your pupils.
Areas covered in this interactive workshop are:
WHAT IS A FOSSIL
Bones to Stones! How does this happen?
A practical demonstration on the formation of fossils, and hands on experience of genuine fossil dinosaur bones.
TYPES OF FOSSILS
The awesome variety! Fossil hunt pupils discover and identify the many fossil types.
WHAT IS A DINOSAUR
The flying Pterosaurs were not dinosaurs! Why not?
Stare into the face of the ferocious Velociraptor and fearsome T-Rex.
Amazing dino facts including why dinosaur poo is treasure to a palaeontologist.
WHERE DID THE DINOSAURS GO
Catastrophic impacts, super volcanoes or a sniffy cold?
TODAY’S LIVING DINOSAURS
Who’s afraid of the chicken?
OPTIONAL – FOSSILS & DARWIN
The pivotal role fossils played in Darwin’s revolutionary ideas on evolution. Amongst many other places, Darwin explored Patagonia in the South Americas aboard HMS Beagle, where he discovered the fossil remains of “Glyptodon” (an extinct Giant Armadillo) as well as other giant fossil bones. These fossil finds led Darwin into what he called “The Law of Succession of Types” a significant contribution to his ideas on evolution culminating in his work “The Origin of Species”. An activity based on categorising specimen fossil types will form part of this section of the day.
Margaret Dix Primary, St Albans – ” It was a fantastic day which the children really loved. It was great to get hands on with all the dinosaur models and fossils. A brilliant day – wouldn’t hesitate to book again or recommend”
Graham is a well-known and respected figure in the fields of geology, fossil curation and palaeozoology. He has contributed to the collections of many leading British museums and has two important discoveries to his name: a fossil crocodile named “Metriorynchus” found during a 1989 fossil hunt expedition in the Oxford Clay brick pits around Peterborough, of such exceptional quality in its preservation that it is now part of the National Collection of fossil vertebrates kept at the Natural History Museum in London; a previously unknown fossil aphid named in his honour “Penaphis Woollardii”.
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N.B. The order and content of workshops may vary dependant on suitability of individual school’s facilities, timetables and any health and safety concerns, and will be at the discretion of the workshop leader. Not all workshops are available in some areas.