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Upper Greensand at Gore Cliff

Useful Information and Downloads

Various education documents are available to be downloaded free of charge.  The file format is Acrobat pdf.  Click on the PDF button to download a copy.

To download a copy of Acrobat Reader click here.


GuidesRisk AssessmentsProvisional bookings
Activity SheetsCase StudiesWord Searches
Colouring SheetsPublic Fossil Walks


Guides

Teachers' Guide                   (large 18 page colour document)Click here for the Teachers' Guide
The former Museum of Isle of Wight Geology, at Sandown, produced a paper booklet in 1995 titled 'Guidelines for Collecting Fossils on the Isle of Wight'. This booklet is out of print, and difficult to find. A copy has been scanned and can be downloaded by clicking on the pdf symbol. (File size 1.22 Mb).Click here for the 1995 booklet.
Guide francais de Dinosaur Isle.
(A brief French Guide to Dinosaur Isle).
Click here for the French Guide
Museumsfuhrer der Dinosaur Isle.
(A brief German Guide to Dinosaur Isle).
Click here for the German Guide
Guida italiana a Dinosaur Isle.
(A brief Italian Guide to Dinosaur Isle).
Click here for the Italian Guide
English Guide to Dinosaur Isle.
(A brief guide to Dinosaur Isle).
Click here for the English Guide
Please note there may be minor differences between the content of different language guides due to the length of words, different fossils in specific countries and later translations being updated.
The Fox Trail.

A walk around the village and countryside of Brighstone. Former home and workplace of the Reverend William Fox, after whom more English dinosaurs were named than anyone else.

Sheet 1 of 2 - the text and key here.
Click here for the Fox text.
The Fox Trail.

Sheet 2 of 2 - the map here.
Click here for the Fox map.

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Risk Assessments

Schools should carry out their own risk assessments prior to any visit. Pre-visits by teachers are free of charge, but please contact us prior to arrival. We have carried out our own risk assessments for the museum and the field-trip sites. You are welcome to use these to aid your own risk assessment, but must take into account the ages and abilities of your pupils.


Risk Assessment - Museum building                                                  Click here for the Building Risk Assessment
Site Hazard Assessment - Yaverland field trip site
(a few minutes walk from the museum,
at the northern end of Sandown Bay)
Click here for the Yaverland Field Trip site Risk Assessment
Site Hazard Assessment - St Catherine's field trip site
(the southern-most tip of the Island, near Niton)
Click here for the St. Catherine's Field Trip site Risk Assessment
Site Hazard Assessment - Shanklin field trip site
(two miles away at the southern end of Sandown Bay)
Click here for the Shanklin Field Trip site Risk Assessment
Site Hazard Assessment - Brook & Compton Bays field trip site
(near Freshwater, on the south-west coast)
Click here for the Brook / Compton Bays Field Trip site Risk Assessment
Site Hazard Assessment - Gore Cliff landscape walk site
(above the field-trip site at St Catherines)
Click here for the Gore Cliff landscape walk assessment
Site Hazard Assessment - "Investigating Coasts" at Ventnor site
(from Ventnor Haven to Monks Bay)
Click here for the Ventnor coastal defences assessment
Use of the beach wheelchairClick here for the beach wheelchair risk assessment

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Provisional Bookings

Provisional School Booking Form (post or Fax to us). Send a Fax or letter to follow up your booking when tide information and existing commitments are known.Click here for a provisional booking form

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Activity Sheets

Key Stage 1/2 Activity sheet (Museum based) - 2 objects                          Click here for a sheet for 2 objects to find and draw

Key Stage 1/2 Activity sheet (Museum based) - 3 objects                           Click here for a sheet for 3 objects to find and draw.

Key Stage 2/3 Activity sheet (Museum based)                                             Click here for an Activity Sheet to use in the museum

A CLIL worksheet (April 2010) is now available for download by clicking on the pdf symbol. (File size 590 Kb). The Content and Language Integrated Learning worksheet was produced by Yvette Minassian, CLIL teacher at Institut Sainte-Julie in Belgium for an April 2010 visit.  It is suitable for CLIL students in their second year (lower secondary / 8th grade).
Contact: yvette12345@yahoo.de
Click here for a CLIL worksheet.

An answer sheet for the CLIL worksheet is available for download by clicking on the pdf symbol. (File size 288 Kb).Click here for the answer sheet.

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Case Studies

Heritage and Tourism Studies information sheet                                         Click here for the Heritage and Tourism Studies resource
Vocational Studies in Heritage and Tourism - Case Study 1 - 2013Click here for Case Study 1
Using geological materials to make pottery - Case Study 2 - 2016Click here for Case Study 2

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Word Searches

TIPS for school teachers.

The following Word Searches are all associated with the teaching of Earth Sciences, and have been produced by Dinosaur Isle. The Bones and Elements searches are probably the most relevant. They could be used to supplement coursework or homework. The Bones search could be used in Biology GCSE classes, and the Elements search could be used in both Physics and Chemistry GCSE.

For Word Searches 1 to 5 you may wish to simply download and use the search without alteration. Should you need to make them more difficult then you may wish to provide the search without the list of words, with a list of initial letters only, or you may wish to supply the list with an extra (unused) word and ask pupils to identify the word that does not appear in the grid.

For Word Search 6 you could choose not to supply the additional page. This search will reinforce learning concerned with the Periodic Table.

All of the searches have been tested on pupils, staff and visitors to the museum, and have proven addictive. The Elements search has been completed by a bright ten year old. You may wish to print them on different colour paper before issuing them.

No. 1  Geology                                                                           Click here for the Geology Word Search
No. 2  Tyrannosaurus rexClick here for the T.rex Word Search
No. 3  African DinosaursClick here for an African Dinosaur Word Search
No. 4  BonesClick here for a Bones Word Search
No. 5  GemstonesClick here for a Gemstones Word Search
No. 6  ElementsClick here for an Elements Word Search

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Colouring Sheets

Dinosaur Isle colouring sheet (museum & dinosaurs - from the Next Brilliant Wight Colouring Book, courtesy of Beverley Taylor)Click here for a museum colouring sheet
Mammoth - an ancestral elephant from the time of the Ice Age.Click here for a Mammoth drawing
Sauropod - a long-necked dinosaur from the Isle of Wight.Click here for a Sauropod drawing
Cretaceous landscape scenes.Click here for a Cretaceous scene drawing
Tyrannosaurus rex skull (from the Dinosaur Isle model).Click here for a Tyrannosaurus skull drawing
Neovenator salerii - a meat-eating dinosaur from the Isle of Wight.Click here for a Neovenator drawing
Agate - a rock made of bands of coloured minerals.Click here for a drawing of an Agate
Lower Greensand fossil ammonites - two fossils on display at Dinosaur Isle.Click here for a fossil ammonite drawing
Polacanthus - an armoured dinosaur from the Isle of Wight.Click here for a Polacanthus drawing
Living Nautilus - a surviving member of a group of sea-creatures that once included the ammonites.Click here for a Nautilus drawing
Eotyrannus lengi - a carnivorous dinosaur first found on the Isle of Wight. Drawn by Rebecca Logie-Inions of Hertfordshire.Click here for a drawing of the Isle of Wight dinosaur Eotyrannus
Ichthyosaurs - marine reptiles that swam in our Cretaceous seas. Drawn by Rebecca Logie-Inions of Hertfordshire.Click here for a drawing of Ichthyosaurs

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Public Fossil Walks

A leaflet for the annual public fossil walk programme (includes sites used by schools during term-time) - 1.58 Mb. This is an old leaflet from 2010, but the site descriptions are still relevant.                                            Click here for a Fossil Walk leaflet.

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Miscellaneous

The former Museum of Isle of Wight Geology at Sandown produced a set of science worksheets for a Dinosaur Workpack during the 1990's. These were once available to download from an Isle of Wight Tourism website, which no longer exists. The worksheets are made available here. They may provide a resource for your own activities. Please note we no longer routinely print these out in paper form at the museum. Click here for the old MIWG science pack.
Fossil Sheet No.1 Ammonites Click here for an ammonite sheet

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PO36 8QA

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