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 Immersive
educational
experience
Dinosaurs in the Wild is landing at London’s Greenwich Peninsula for an extended run until 31 July. The show is an immersive, live-action educational experience that enables teachers to take school groups of 7-11-year-olds somewhere they’ve never been before – 67 million years back in time to the late Cretaceous Period.
Using cutting-edge special effects and the latest discoveries in palaeontology, Dinosaurs in the Wild is specially designed to ignite pupils’ imaginations and bring science to life by putting school groups face to face with living dinosaurs.
The 70-minute adventure allows pupils to ask questions as they explore their surroundings on TimeBase 67, an extraordinary research station on the Cretaceous plains. Dinosaurs in the Wild was developed with
the support of more than 100 specialists and led by palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish to ensure that every detail is scienti cally accurate and realistic.
Over 4,500 pupils have attended Dinosaurs in the Wild in the past year, across the Birmingham and Manchester tenures.
To support teachers before and after this unique experience, Dinosaurs
in the Wild is also providing free curriculum-linked resources for English and Science lessons in Key Stage 2. Teachers can download these exciting activities at: https://dinosaursinthewild.com/education-resources
Tim Haines, Creative Director of Dinosaurs in the Wild and award- winning producer of hit BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs, said: “With Dinosaurs in the Wild, we wanted to create an immersive experience that takes pupils back in time, using the latest technology to portray incredible details about the creatures and their surroundings. It will truly change your pupils’ understanding of how dinosaurs looked and ignite their passion for scienti c discovery.”
School group bookings enjoy a special ticket price of only £12 per pupil, as well as free tickets for accompanying teachers (one per  ve pupils in primary; and one per 10 pupils in secondary).
Tel: 0800 852 7244
www.dinosaursinthewild.com/education
Sledding with husky dogs, building snow caves, and  shing through ice holes were just some of the skills mastered by Lewes Old Grammar School (LOGS), Sussex, pupils on their latest school expedition.
Nine students in Years 10 embarked on an experience to Finland for a survival skills course on the frozen River Tornio and into the surrounding tundra.
The trip saw pupils embrace the hostile elements as they skied and snow-shoed across the ice. Tasked with building their own expedition level base camp, pupils cut and shaped ice blocks, created their own cooking area, and learned how to strategically arrange tents to avoid harsh winds.
Before heading on the excursion, students spent a weekend learning emergency  rst aid and preparing for search and rescue scenarios.
Hannah Thorpe, PE teacher,
said: “This year, the temperatures were well below freezing but the
children got to grips with their environment straightaway and made the most of the experience. It was particularly gratifying to see them tested on their practical skills at the end of the expedition by taking part in a cross country ski expedition which included an emergency “scenario”. They did an amazing job of creating survival bags which could take casualties out of dif cult forest terrain and we felt very proud!”
“Our students were captivated
by this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Tim Laker, school bursar and operations manager. “It’s inspiring to see pupils  ourish outside of their comfort zones and learning how to survive and thrive in extreme conditions prepares them well for life in England too.
“A trip like this really goes beyond academic learning to develop people in all sorts of ways – improving self-con dence, teamwork skills, and reinforcing the importance of perseverance.
Survive and thrive in the winter wilderness
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