Blackrod Church School children investigate 'dinosaur bone' find
A VILLAGE primary school does not face the struggle of settling children back into class after the long summer break.
For something unusual seems to take place Blackrod Church School at the start of the new term — sparking children’s love of learning.
And this year young people returning to class this month after the summer holiday were shocked to find their school was at the centre of what could prove to be a major discovery.
Bones had been unearthed at Blackrod Church School.
Children found part of the grounds cordoned off as an investigation got underway into what exactly they belonged to.
Classes were cancelled and emergency assembly was called and youngsters were told that their skills of literacy and numeracy would be called on to aid “experts” to ascertain what animal the bones belonged to.
This is the second time the school has been at the centre of a major incident.
In 2010 a strange sight of strange footprints, dripping gooey gunk and an odd looking large object dumped in the middle of the playground greeted staff as they started back at the school in Vicarage Road.
Headteacher James Royal said: “We do seem to have these occurrences at school. I was informed that something had been found and had to rush to school.”
Aptly the music to the blockbuster film Jurassic Park played as the children made their way into assembly and a special message by “palaeontologist” Dr Mark Tomlinson, was broadcast “via satellite” to children stating the bones could in fact belong to dinosaurs and called on him in his research.
Mr Royal said: “Children were surprised by what they saw. But the children have been asked to help to find out what these bones are, they have been compiling factfiles, writing reports and stories and using their numeracy and literacy skills. The whole school has been involved in this.”
The incident was a well planned exercise for the children to get them back into learning after the six week break.
It was concocted over the holidays — and said Mr Royal children’s interest in learning was certainly reignited after being called on to help find out more about their bizarre find.
Mr Royal said: “While children are away for six weeks they are learning different things but are not in academic routine.
“We are always trying to think of different ways to help children become interested in writing.”
The exercise is designed to appeal to both girls and boys but the use of aliens and dinosaurs was said to particularly capture the imagination of boys, who are nationally more reluctant writers than girls.
The day created an excitement around school and got children thinking and worked to make sense of the what had been discovered. Children will showcase their findings and theories on what the discovery was later on in the term.
Yzabella Heys, aged 10, said: “It was a shock when I came in, I thought it would be a normal day. It was very exciting and I am looking forward to finding out more about the discovery and writing about it.”
Jamie Farnworth, aged 10, added: “We have been asked to help in the investigations so I will be using the library to do some research and do a factfile. It is interesting.”
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