Learn about Mary Anning, one of the most famous palaeontologists ever. Research the main fossil-hunting areas of the UK and learn about the 18th Century when Anning lived. Improvise a play about key events in her life.

Session 1 Fossils in the UK

Objectives

Geography

  • Learn about geographical regions of the UK and their identifying physical characteristics.

Science

  • Recognise that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.

Teaching and Activities

Re-cap how fossils are made, learn about the fossil-hunting areas of the UK and create a map.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To create a map of fossil rich geology in the UK.
  • To identify the different kinds of fossils that can be found in the UK and match them to their geology.

Children will:

  • Explain how fossils are formed.
  • Show on a map what types of fossils are found in which areas of Britain.
  • Understand that certain fossils are found in certain types of rocks.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 2 History of science

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British history.

Science

  • Find out about the work of palaeontologists such as Mary Anning.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the 18th Century science, society and the status of women.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To create a mood board of early 19th century England.
  • To create a wow board of all the things Mary Anning did.

Children will:

  • Do some research about Mary Anning.
  • Start to put Mary Anning's life in the context of early 19th century England.
  • Generate questions about Mary Anning.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 3 Mary Anning

Objectives

Science

  • Find out about the work of palaeontologists, such as Mary Anning.

English

  • Planning writing for a specific purpose.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about Mary Anning, her life as a fossil hunter and her achievements.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To plan and carry out research into Mary Anning's life.
  • To plan a play about Mary Anning's life.

Children will:

  • Find the answers to research questions.
  • Explain more about Mary Anning's life.

You Will Need

  • Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt
  • Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon by Jeannine Atkins
  • The Fossil Girl by Catherine Brighton
  • Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter by Sally M. Walker
  • Ichthyosaurus and Little Mary Anning by Brooke Hartzog

Session 4 Improvise a play

Objectives

English

  • Take part in performances.

Science

  • Learn about the life of famous palaeontologists, like Mary Anning.

Teaching and Activities

Improvise a play to tell other children about Mary Anning, drawing on all your previous research.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To perform a play about Mary Anning.
  • To review what they know about Mary Anning.

Children will:

  • Perform in a play
  • Review their performances
  • Recap what they know about Mary Anning

You Will Need

  • Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt
  • Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon by Jeannine Atkins
  • The Fossil Girl by Catherine Brighton
  • Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter by Sally M. Walker
  • Ichthyosaurus and Little Mary Anning by Brooke Hartzog