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1 Million Years in Britain- Fossils

As part of their topic, 1 million years in Britain, Year 3 have been learning about fossils. Fossils are the remains or traces of plants and animals that lived long ago. Fossils give scientists clues about the past. For this reason, fossils are important to paleontology, or the study of prehistoric life. Most fossils are found in earth that once lay underwater.

Year 3 created their own fossils using playdoh, plastic dinosaurs and plaster of paris. It helped to teach the children that fossils are made when an organism dissolves in the Earth (playdoh) and leaves a hollow mould behind. The mould is then filled in by minerals (plaster of paris) leaving something like a statue of the organism behind.