10 Feb 2016

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

School groups are in for a roaring treat when dinosaurs takeover Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for British Science Week

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be celebrating British Science Week (11-20 March 2016), with a Dinosaur Takeover. 2016 is the Year of Learning in the city and Bristol Museums have partnered with dinosaur experts at the University of Bristol to deliver an exciting half day experience for school groups in the region, packed with thrilling dinosaur-related activities.

Central to the day, Dino Debs and Dino Dan will lead a 90 minute workshop, accompanied by other postgraduate students from The University of Bristol.  School children will be able to handle and examine fossils, get up close to The Bristol Dinosaur, take part in a dino-dig and learn about dino food chains. Pupils will also have time to explore the museum’s dinosaur gallery and permanent exhibits with their teachers. Plus, each child can take home a keepsake fossilised shark’s tooth.

Jane Hack, Senior Officer for Formal Learning at Bristol Museums, said: “The half day dinosaur takeover will comprise of a 90 minute session designed to support teachers in delivering the national curriculum, with a meet the expert approach and hands on science experiences not available in the classroom.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside dinosaur experts at the University of Bristol to put on this engaging schools event for British Science Week.  As a result, we are pleased to announce that any school that books a Dinosaur Takeover workshop at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery between 14-18 March, will also be given the chance to book a free in-school follow-up session led by postgraduate students from the University of Bristol – an offer we think provides exceptional value for money.”

Schools that have signed up to the dinosaur takeover include; Innsworth Infant School from Gloucestershire, Holway Park Community Primary School from Somerset and SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School and QEH Junior School from Bristol.

Commenting, Michael Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Bristol, said:  “We are delighted to partner with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to engage young children in science.  It’s great for the students too - a break from their regular studies, but also serious, practical experience in education and learning.”

Dinosaur takeover sessions are suitable for Years 1 to 4. Workshops are bookable morning and afternoon from Monday 14 – Friday 18 March 2016. Each workshop can accommodate groups of up to 35 pupils. More than one workshop can be booked.  The workshops are charged at £6 per pupil, with accompanying adults free and the opportunity to book a complimentary in-school follow-up session led by postgraduate students from The University of Bristol.

Councillor Simon Cook, Assistant Mayor for Place with responsibility for museums, said: “These workshops are a fantastic example of how we can make learning new things fun for children. Bristol is now a Learning City, which means that partners are working together to promote learning opportunities for everyone – however old and wherever they’re from – so I hope we’ll see even more people getting involved with our events this year.”

A special Dinosaur Takeover workshop for home educators has also been developed and will take place at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 18 March between 12.20-2pm, charged at £5 per child. Advanced booking required.

For further information see Bristolmuseums.org.uk/learning where you can subscribe to the teachers’ newsletter or e-mail museumbookings@bristolmuseums.org.uk

British Science Week can also be enjoyed by the general public at M Shed.

Engineering enthusiasts can climb inside the electric and Fairbairn working cranes on Bristol’s dockside on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March or take a steam train ride from M Shed along Bristol harbour railway from Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 March. If natural sciences are of interest, then the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition on display at M Shed should not be missed, running until 10 April 2016. For information on these events and more see https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/