We have produced an activity worksheet which is aimed at children who are at Key Stage 2/3 level. It provides a means of focussing attention on the displays, whilst also making it fun to find the answers.
The sheet is provided free of charge to visiting schools (and the public) as an A4 double-sided sheet, or can be downloaded as an Acrobat file from the Useful information page. Clipboards and pencils are available to borrow; to be returned at the end of the visit.
Side 1 of the sheet focuses on the first exhibition, which deals with the Island's geology and fossils from the time of the last Ice-Age to the time of the dinosaurs. Questions are themed and based on specific display cases and poster panels. The title of each theme is the name of a display case or wall panel. The sheet progresses through the exhibition, although groups of children may wish to tackle cases out-of-sequence.
Side 2 is completed within the second exhibition. It does not follow a sequence, individual themes may focus on a particular specimen, whilst others may require the pupil to examine a number of displays to complete the task.
In order to cope with a range of ability the tasks vary in difficulty, and includes some drawing. All children should be able to complete most of the sheet. Some younger children may find it easier to work in pairs with a shared activity sheet. For the small number of pupils who can finish the sheet quickly a popular "Word Search" sheet is also available. The Word Search is available as an Acrobat pdf file on the Useful information page of our website.