Fossils and Rocks

Fossils and Rocks form a whole block of work offered freely by The Hamilton Trust.

“Become an enthusiastic, expert palaeontologist! Learn about the fascinating creatures that inhabited the Earth and study the main epochs of fossils. Investigate famous 18th Century palaeontologists Mary Anning and William Buckland. Explore fossil footprints and fossils humans, ice age creatures and their fossils. Study dinosaurs, their eggs, behaviour and extinction. Learn about Darwin and the amazing story of evolution.

Be a palaeontologist! Excavate a fossil block and research the three main epochs of fossils. Find out how fossils are made and make your own. Tour your school sharing your knowledge with other children.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.”(Hamilton Trust)

The National Stone Centre – has created a set of resources for about fossils and rocks for KS2 including: images, interactive materials and downloads that include an Explore Fossils game with teacher notes, fossil activities and related curriculum links paperwork.

Fossils and Rocks

Their downloadable resources include:

  • Images from the fossil game
  • Information about fossils
  • A geochart
  • A branching activity database right here
  • Environment and adaptations activities
  • When fossils were living creatures worksheet
  • Geodance activity
  • Jigsaw activity
  • Moving dinosaur activity
  • Travelling back in time ctivity

These are all well produced resources which will save a teacher – studying rocks and fossils – time!

Easy Science for Kids – has a set of fun facts about fossils and also adds a glossary of words associated with the topic and another very useful video.

Science for Kids – offers another set of fun facts.

Science Kids – provides a page of Earth Facts covering fossils:

“Enjoy these fun fossil facts for kids. Children will learn how fossils are formed, what the words paleontology and petrification mean, how we know so much about the dinosaurs and much more.”(Science for Kids)