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Discovery Education Espresso: Dinosaurs

Duration: 48 seconds
Date: 15.07.2015

Module guide

This module has been created for cross-curricular use at foundation stage to introduce children to the ever-popular topic of dinosaurs.

The resources will help bring these fascinating creatures to life in your classroom and develop children's understanding of what the Earth was like when dinosaurs roamed.

It will assist in the teaching and learning of a range of EYFS goals:

Communication and language

  • Listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events, and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.
  • They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.
  • They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
  • They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Physical development

  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
  • They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


  • Read and understand simple sentences.
  • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.
  • Demonstrate an understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.
  • They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.


  • Count reliably with numbers from 1  20, place them in order and say which number is 'one more' or 'one less than' a given number.
  • Use everyday language to talk about size, to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.

Understanding the world

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places and living things.
  • They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
  • They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Expressive arts and design

  • Sing songs, make music and dance.
  • They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Show the front screen. Ask children what they already know about dinosaurs. Can they name any dinosaurs? Do they know what the species of dinosaurs on the front screen might be? What might they want to find out about dinosaurs?

Watch the videos. What are dinosaurs? introduces children to what dinosaurs were and when they lived, as well as looking at the characteristics of different species. How do we know about dinosaurs? explores the theories of how dinosaurs became extinct and how we know they existed.

The activities give children opportunities to use and apply their knowledge of dinosaurs names, appearance and characteristics in a variety of snap, sorting and labelling games. There are also a selection of dinosaur-based maths activities which allow children to practise counting and ordering numbers 0  20.

The printable resources include a Dinosaur checklist and Dinosaur factfile which provide writing opportunities for children to show what they have learnt about dinosaurs. There are also Dinosaur cards, which can be used in a variety of ways to develop speaking and listening skills, and a variety of printable resources to help with practising numeracy skills, and a selection of colouring sheets.

Use the images to show children what different dinosaurs and fossils looked like and encourage them to use language to describe them. The images can be enlarged for use on a whiteboard. They can also be printed out for children to investigate further.

Read the book to find out more information about different species of dinosaurs.

Use the music player as a stimuli in music, movement and dance sessions. Ask children to move like different dinosaurs. What music encourages them to move like a fast dinosaur, and what encourages them to move like a slow dinosaur? Can they use instruments to create dinosaur sounds inspired by the music? The atmospheric music could also be used to set the scene for dinosaur storytelling or role play.

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