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Sapphire Class 2017-2018


Welcome to the Sapphire class page!

      Here you will find links to useful websites, information about our learning, recent activities and options to download key documents.

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 I am contactable at jpearson@netherfield.e-sussex.sch.uk should you have any queries or concerns.

Important documents

Term 1

Dinosaur Planet

Stomp, crash, RRRAGH! Watch out everyone - The dinosaurs are on the prowl!

They're rampaging through the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth...

Let's explore the Dinosaur Planet! Imagine you're a paleontologist (That's a scientist who studies bones and fossils). Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts.

Create your own dinosaur museum and invite visitors to see your awesome dinosaur artefacts. You could even do a dinosaur dance or produce some prehistoric percussion!

Which is your favourite dinosaur? the Tyrannosaurus rex, the Brachiosaurus or the Micropachycephalosaurus? 

Doyouthinkhesawus? Yes he did... RUN!


Click on the tyrannosaurus rex above to link to YouTube to hear an extremely loud ROAR!


Fun Facts!

Dinosaurs were the dominant vertebrates n Earth for about 130 million years during the Mesozoic Era. This era was divided into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. 

Small, fast-moving dinosaurs appeared for the first time in the Triassic period (248-208 million years ago).

During the Jurassic period (209-146 million years ago), more dinosaurs - some of the biggest of all - roamed the Earth.

Dinosaurs flourished in the Cretaceous period (146-65 million years ago). At the end of the Mesozoic era, the dinosaurs died out in a large-scale mass extinction.

A scientist who studies dinosaurs and ancient life is known as a palaeontologist (pay-lee-on-tol-o-jist).

The word 'dinosaur' comes from the Greek language and means 'terrible lizard'. it was first used by an English palaeontologist, Richard Owen, in 1842, referring to the dinosaurs' impressive size rather than their scary looks!

Of the 700+ species of dinosaur identified and named so far, around 90% have been discovered since 1990.

Dinosaurs lived on every continent of the world - even Antartica.

The longest dinosaur that has been discovered was the Seismosaurus, measuring over 40 metres from nose to tail tip. That's as long as five buses!

At 80 tonnes, Brachiosaurus was the heaviest dinosaur, weighing as much as 17 African Elephants!

The name 'dinosaur' only refers to land-dwelling reptiles. Flying animals such as pterodactyls and water-based reptiles such as plesiosaurs weren't dinosaurs but were reptiles that lived in the age of the dinosaurs.

Some of the largest dinosaurs (such as Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus) were plant eaters.

A Tyrannosaurus rex had over 60 conical teeth, each growing up to nearly 25cm. This meant it could devour a massive 230 kg of meat in one bite.

Many plant-eating dinosaurs had natural weapons. The Stegosaurus is famous for its tail spikes, and the Triceratops had three sharp horns on the front of its head shield. 

Useful Websites

Dinosaur animation clips

Planet Dinosaur – BBC One

A selection of short clips from the original BBC’s Dinosaur Planet series, providing lots of interesting facts and information.

Deadly Dinosaurs – BBC Nature

A video collection about dinosaurs including an A–Z list of dinosaurs and animals.

Planet Dinosaur – BBC TWO

A selection of clips, with no narration, designed to inspire discussion and writing.

Child-made stop motion animations

Why not show some child-made dinosaur attacks to inspire their own stop-motion animations?

A stegosaurus herd being chased by a deadly dinosaur – YouTube

When plastic dinosaurs attack! – YouTube

A modelling clay dinosaur being hunted by a predator – YouTube

Search YouTube for more animations using modelling clay and plastic toy dinosaurs.

Dinosaur information

Dinosaurs – National History Museum

Great information including a dino directory, dinosaurs in 3D and videos exploring what we know about dinosaurs. 

Prehistoric Life – BBC Nature

A good source of information for teachers about many different dinosaurs including their behaviors, when they lived, what their world was like, what killed them and fossil types.


Reptiles – National Geographic

Teacher information about reptiles including an A–Z list, videos and pictures.

Reptiles – BBC Nature

Teacher information about reptiles

Reptiles – San Diego Zoo

Child-friendly website with a simple picture index and many images as well as fact files about various reptiles.

Mary Anning

Primary History – Mary Anning – BBC

Information about Mary Anning including photos and videos.

Dinosaur extinction theories

Why are dinosaurs extinct? – kids-dinosaurs.com

Suitable for teachers, this webpage outlines the main reasons thought to have been the cause of the extinction. Includes links to the latest news and theories.

Dinosaur extinction – YouTube

A simple explanatory video with animation, for younger children.

Plants that lived in the age of the dinosaurs

Prehistoric Life – BBC Nature

Teacher information about plants that grew during the different dinosaur periods.

Dinosaur books, rhymes and songs

Preschool dinosaur books, rhymes and songs - KidsSoup

You will find a large selection of different books, rhymes and songs plus a whole other selection of activities and resources.


A large selection of dinosaur songs recreated to the tunes of other songs.