Geography KS1: Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast

William Whiskerson visits Sophie and Cameron in Lyme Regis.

They meet a fossil expert and learn how fossils were formed from the remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago.

They go hunting for fossils on the beach then visit a fossil museum.

Here they see the skeleton of an ichthyosaur and even some fossilised poo!

Aerial shots and general views combined with maps, graphics and children’s comments introduce us to the physical features of Lyme Regis and demonstrate how fossils were formed along the Jurassic Coast.

This clip is from the series William Whiskerson

Teacher Notes

Ask pupils to find Lyme Regis on a map of the UK.

With your help, they could use the scale on the map to find out how far they are from Lyme Regis. Is there a closer beach?

Encourage the children to find the nearest one on the map.

Pupils could bring back any shells and fossils they discover, or sketch beach finds from a book or webpage.

The children could model how fossils were formed by pressing empty snail shells (or sea shells) into a tray of damp clay, to leave impressions.

Encourage them to fill the impressions with a sludgy mixture of PVA glue and sand.

When the sludge has set, pupils can peel off the clay, to reveal their model fossils.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography.

This topic appears in KS1/KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, Knowledge and Understanding of the World Foundation Phase in Wales and Early/1st/2nd levels in Scotland.

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