Resource ID 102044

Upper KS2 History

Historical Enquiry
Find out about the past using museum resources
"Discover the Dinosaurs!"
Key Stage ED Squirrel
Resource Title
"Discover the Dinosaurs!"
This resource is part of a collection with the following variants:

102041 - KS1 Mixed Ability

102042 - Lower KS2 Mixed Ability

102043 - KS3 Mixed Ability

102044 - Upper KS2 Mixed Ability [THIS DOCUMENT]


This is a curriculum skills-based History task that enables students to practise their skills of information-gathering and processing/ summarising - a core part of History learning within the 2014 National Curriculum and, in Scotland, Curriculum for Excellence. Specifically, they are learning about the past using museum resources. The task links to specific exhibit content within Dinosaur Isle museum that is relevant to students in key stages 1-3.

Contextual Summary

Questions have been chosen because they link with the key areas of learning within the Dinosaur Isle museum. The skills the students will use to demonstrate learning about the past using museum resources are required as per the National Curriculum, and also test cross-curricular skills for example in the subjects of English (comprehension, literacy) and Science (rocks, fossils, properties of materials, states of matter etc.)

Key Skills Practised
  • Reading / literacy skills
  • Information gathering and processing / synthesis
  • Summarising skills
Learning Opportunities


The geological periods, dinosaurs, and using museum exhibits for learning could all be discussed in class prior to the trip so students are aware of the subject matter and the areas of learning relevant to them.


Completion of the Historical Enquiry resource/s linked to this document


Follow-up tasks could include: Whole class discussion about the responses to the questions; Groups presenting back their collated ideas to the class; Projects on an area of particular interest

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate their information-retrieval, interpretation and collation skills, by answering appropriate questions and finding the required information. Students will also be able to demonstrate that they have understood their learning, by recording and summarising the information gleaned from the visit.

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