About this resource

At the time of commissioning this resource, Dinosaurs was the most requested teaching resource missing from the LGfL portfolio according to LGfL schools

Utilising the combined talents from the team at Discovery Education, an expert Palaeontologist from the Manchester Museum and specialists within the curriculum team at LGfL, we are proud to offer Fossils and Dinosaurs for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 learners. Like LGfL’s Space Adventures, this resource aims to model best practice in supporting a range of online and immersive technologies, whilst offering support for all learners regardless of development age or learning context.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles have been incorporated to help ensure that as wide a range of learning needs are supported, but in an engaging and stimulating way.

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Part of the reason for working with experts in their field when developing LGfL topic-based resources is that sometimes “non-expert” teachers can inadvertently reinforce misconceptions; we therefore aim to help with this challenge and clarify through expert input of a new resource. We also believe through the use of a wide range of engaging and immersive technology, learning progresses can be secured faster and deeper than more perhaps with more conventional teaching methods. For further examples of LGfL topic based immersive resources featuring experts in their field go to www.casestudies.lgfl.net .

We hope you have as much fun teaching and learning with Fossils and Dinosaurs as we had making it. We would love to hear from you about how you used the resources and see samples of your pupils work. Please get in touch and share your achievements via contentsupport@lgfl.net .

Bob Usher
Content Manager
LGfL Autumn 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fossils and Dinosaurs?

Fossils and Dinosaurs is a flagship curriculum development by LGfL which aims to support all learners from Early Years Foundation Stage through Key Stage 1 and 2. It features a wide range of practical activities to engage learners with what can be abstract concepts relating to very long timelines and scientific processes of fossilisation. Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences are used to engage and immerse the learner in new contexts and environments, developing understanding that more traditional approaches and resources may not establish as effectively. Expert video insights from a Palaeontologist help to explain complex and abstract concepts; developing knowledge and understanding based on authoritative information to aid teachers who may be less familiar with the topics covered.

Why was it created?

Fossils and Dinosaurs is the culmination of many years of experience in producing engaging, interactive video-based and immersive learning resources for use at school and beyond the confines of the school day. A wide section of experts in their field have been supporting LGfL develop its online learning portfolio and Fossils and Dinosaurs seeks to bring all the expertise and imagination together into one resource to inspire children and teachers across London and beyond.

What subjects does it support?

Fossils and Dinosaurs directly supports Literacy, Maths/Science and Computing for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2.

What age ranges is the resource aimed at?

Fossils and Dinosaurs is targetted at Key Stage 1 and 2 with additional resources suitable for EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). The inclusion section aims to make the resource as accessible for as wide a range of learners as possible including even older age groups depending on the learning context.

UDL is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences.

LGfL endeavours to invest in the development of a portfolio of learning resources that are as accessible as possible. Fossils and Dinosaurs represents the most accessible resource LGfL has ever created to meet the needs of as wide a target audience as possible.

Can I recreate my own Fossils and Dinosaurs resource in my classroom?

The Early Years and Foundation stage section of this resource offers resources and guidance on how to make a ‘home corner display that links in with the Fossils and Dinosaurs topic.

What equipment do I need to access the virtual reality element?

The standalone virtual reality app (download for Apple or Android) uses Google Cardboard technology to transform your mobile device into a 3D viewer. Purchase of a compatible viewer is required available for under £10 in cardboard and under £20 in more durable plastic (examples given here are not official recommendations and subject to change; always check for compatibility with your device and ensure that the device has a Google Cardboard settings QR code on it).

For a fully immersive effect, be sure to listen to the sound by using your phone’s headphones.

Can my students access the resource from home?

Yes – just log in via the LGfL USO log in.

Can I access Fossils and Dinosaurs from mobile devices?

Yes – the web resource has been designed to be viewable from any internet connected device.