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Rocks and Fossils

In this unit, children will discover the different types of rocks and how they are formed. Children will compare and group rocks based on appearance and simple properties. They will learn how fossils are formed and learn about the contribution of Mary Anning to the field of palaeontology. Children will also understand how soil is formed.

Wider Learning


Visit: The Natural History Musuem has permanent exhibits on dinosaurs, fossils, rocks and minerals.


Visit: Trial a Bite Rock and Fossil Tours offers guided rock and fossil hunting trips in southeast Britain. Look for dinosaur footprints, fossil shells, shark and fish teeth, ammonites and fossil plants. They supply all the equipment you need (hammers, chisels, safety glasses etc) to find and collect fossils for you to take home.


Read: These are children’s books that detail the story of Mary Anning - ‘The Fossil Girl’ by Catherine Brighton and ‘Mary Anning and The Sea Dragon’ by Jeannine Atkins.


Visit: The Jurassic Coast!


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Listen: Join Finley as he travels around the world and back in time to explore everything from fossils to volcanoes, and even how rocks helped form our planet!


Go Online: Lots of resources (worksheets, presentations and activities) that can be downloaded and used at home -