The ‘present’ was a small block of solid clay and gypsum that encases a collection of plastic bones that can be carefully extracted using the enclosed tools – a soft knife and a brush. These can then be assembled into a small model of a prehistoric creature.
The whole kit sells for £1.70, and I am looking forward to using them with year eight students when we tackle a unit of work on the Jurassic Coast. Apart from work on coastal landforms, this unit also addresses aspects of geology, deep time and fossils. I intend to use the kits when we look at fossils found in the Lyme Regis area, an area we also visit for a fieldtrip where we search for fossils of our own.
I’m not sure yet if I can sustain purchasing class sets of these every year – but I will try it this time, and see if the financial outlay is worth it. Perhaps I will just have to settle for using them as prizes to reward outstanding work and effort – I may even have a go at making some myself!