Learning By Topic KS1: Dinosaurs And Mathematics

Look up the measurements of a small dinosaur (did you know that a Microceratops was only the size of a rabbit?!), now draw it to scale. (Cross Curricular: Art) This could be made into an outdoor learning experience by measuring and drawing on a hard surface with chalk or collecting twigs, leaves etc and using them to mark out the shape and size of the dinosaur. Repeat this for numerous dinosaurs – within your space limit of course!

Then compare sizes, find differences between largest and smallest etc. 

Now plot the results on a bar graph. Top Tip: you can find KS1 blank bar graphs online to assist with this activity.

Draw dinosaurs on the shape of numbers 0-9. (CC: Art)

Place some sticker labels on dinosaur figurines (or dinosaur printouts), label them 2, 4, 6, 8 etc. Practise counting by twos forwards and backwards (repeat this for practise counting by fives and tens. Top Tip: ensure your child is secure in counting forward before attempting to count backwards).

Create a picture of a dinosaur using 2D shapes.

What 2D shapes have you used? Can you list/label the properties for each shape e.g. number of sides and corners.

Make some dinosaur ‘eggs’ of varying sizes out of clay/plasticine/play dough. Using kitchen scales weigh each egg in grams. Record measurements in ascending order. Top Tip: Estimating would be a great concept to try here too – will the next egg be lighter or heavier than the last?