The workshop is 1h 15 mins per class, minimum 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 on a recent visit to St Pauls Catherdral School”
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.
Claycots Primary, Berks – “It was a fantastic day – all the children and staff had a wonderful time! Graham was so lovely with the children and anybody who can keep 4 year olds as engaged as he did, deserves a big thank you.”
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. This workshop will bring out the hidden paleontologist in your pupils. Areas covered in this interactive workshop are:
WHAT ARE DINOSAURS
Big heads, small heads, some with feathers, some with scales… Your pupils will take a close up look at T–Rex, Velociraptor and Triceratops. Frills, horns and sharp teeth – what were they used for.
What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur?
HOW BONES ARE TURNED TO STONE
See how the dinosaurs end up as stone.
Graham gives a fun practical demonstration on how dino bones become fossilised.
HOW DO FOSSIL HUNTERS FIND FOSSILS
Skin and tissue all now rotten, lay underground and long forgotten!
A session on fossil drawing and handling is added for schools with only 2 classes taking part in this workshop. This will take place in the afternoon.
Brookfield Infant School, Kent – “I am writing to say a huge thank you to Portals to the Past, and in ‘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.”particular to Graham Woollard for an absolutely amazing morning at school. Graham came this morning with his ‘Dinosaur’ workshop to our two very eager Reception classes. His presentations were fantastic, exciting and action packed.”
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 suchexceptional quality in its preservation that it is now part of the National Collection of fossil vertebrates kept at the Natural History Museum in London; and 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.