What an exciting past two weeks Reception have had!

Last Monday, Reception Class received a letter from Professor John Pemberton from the Natural History Museum in London. He wanted to know if the class could take care of one of the museum’s very precious and rare dinosaur eggs, while they had a new display cabinet made.


The children immediately wrote back to find out more information such as- How big is the egg?

What type of dinosaur is inside?

How exactly do you keep a dinosaur egg safe?

Professor Pemberton wrote back and assured them that they would be fine and so the class agreed!


On Wednesday Pope Paul took delivery of the precious egg. The children decided to keep it in the protective box on the prayer table, as they felt that it was probably the safest place, while they designed and made a safe display area for it.

The children did lots of research about dinosaurs and discovered that like crocodiles, dinosaurs lay their eggs in nests under the ground. Some of the class decided to make their own nests.

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The children also enjoyed digging for fossils and pretending to be archaeologists in their very own Pope Paul History Museum.

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After the weekend, Reception class were shocked and bewildered to find out on Monday morning that unbelievably, the dinosaur had hatched from the egg and was nowhere to be seen!

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The children immediately told Mrs Heymoz, who alerted the police and surrounding schools straight away. The children then went about the urgent business of setting traps, making CCTV cameras, looking for clues and creating warning signs and posters to alert everybody about the danger.

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By the next day, there had been several sightings of a little purple dinosaur with massive teeth! The class began to write down evidence reports as they came in.

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After several days of trying everything  to catch the dinosaur, Mrs Theo had to make a nervous phone call to the museum and explain what had happened to their precious egg. She was invited to go down into London this afternoon, to meet with Professor Pemberton, to give more details and to help the scientists and emergency services decide a plan of action to get the dinosaur back over the weekend!

Watch this space….


6 replies
  1. Maria Martides
    Maria Martides says:

    What a very exciting and eventful 2 weeks reception have had! Eliana has been updating me everyday with what is going on with the dinosaur! She thought he was tickling her feet whilst she was sleeping 😳
    Looking forward to hearing what will happen next week x

  2. Maria Poyiadzis
    Maria Poyiadzis says:

    How amazing! We’ve heard all about the dinosaur this week … we hope he’s not causing too much chaos wherever he is 😉

  3. Fiona
    Fiona says:

    This was just fabulous. It had imaginations running wild. It has also been the hottest topic to anyone and I mean anyone who would listen. Huge thank you for all the thought and effort that went into this project.

  4. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    Thanks a lot for this great story! We have had lots of fun, exploring our vicinity for any hints where this dinosaur may have gone… 🙂
    Though this weekend, Christoph was very worried that Mrs Theo may have got into lots of trouble as she had to report to Prof Pemberton on Friday that reception has lost the dinosaur while being under her supervision 😉 .. Good luck!


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