What is the “fossil record”? How can an understanding of the differences between igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks help us look back on Earth’s immense history?

Workshop Description

After exploring both the differences and connections between rocks, soils and fossils and handling objects from millions of years ago, pupils will take on the roles of ardent palaeontologists who find themselves in a tricky situation as they investigate the contents of an ancient river bed. Armed with word banks of key vocabulary and some simple props, they’ll work in small groups to plan, prepare and perform short plays that build on the challenges faced by Fossil Hunters!

Individual in Focus: Mary Anning, a British fossil collector whose discoveries changed our understanding of geological timelines.

Exploring: soils, rocks, fossil formation


KS2/ P4-P7 / 2nd- 6th Class
1 hour - half a day
30 pupils per workshop


How many pupils can take part?

Fossil Hunters can accommodate up-to 30 pupils per workshop in sessions lasting around an hour. 

What is the format of the day?

We will work with you to plan a timetable, based on the number of classes you would like to take part and the timings of your school day. This workshop can last anywhere from 1-hour to half-a-day.

Are there any technical requirements?

Each working space needs to be equipped with laptop/screen/projector, so pupils can view the supporting PowerPoint throughout.


Where will the workshops take place?

This workshop is active and works best in a school hall. A large classroom with desks and chairs stowed away as far as possible is fine.

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