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